Erasmus SYNC lab

Researching the development of the adolescent brain

How do adolescents develop into individuals who contribute to society? Which circumstances support young people and where do the challenges lie? We investigate these questions together with other scientists, social partners and last but not least, young individuals.

Society, youth and science

In the Erasmus SYNC lab, we investigate the dynamic development of the adolescent brain. We want to understand how young people become engaged citizens in society. In our research, society, youth and neuroscience are inextricably linked together. SYNC therefore stands for Society, Youth and Neuroscience Connected.

The Guts of the Neuroscientist: The Brain of Young People & the Power of Intuition

In this Ammodo Doc, neuroscientist Eveline Crone argues that intuition is worth studying and embracing. In her scientific career, her own gut feeling often led her to new insights.

Eveline Crone talks about her research with young people in Rotterdam-Zuid

Why we should listen to young people

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Prosocial behaviour

Essential behavior to establish and maintain social relationships


Adolescents develop more complex views of themselves and become more sensitive to other opinions

Social competence and environment

Exploring why children are not similarly responsive to changes within the social environment

Wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

To what extent are adolescents willing to contribute to wellbeing in their immediate environment

Antisocial behaviour

What factors determine whether or not young adults change their antisocial behaviour

SYNC aso gedrag

Brain and behaviour development

Research into behavioural and neural changes from childhood to adolescence into adulthood

Our way of doing research

Interdisciplinary research

The researchers at the Erasmus SYNC lab believe in interdisciplinary research and therefore collaborate with researchers from the social sciences, life sciences and humanities, among others.

Societal partners

Collaboration with social partners improves the quality of science. That is why youth panels, schools and co-creation teams are involved in our research.

Open Science

We embrace Open Science. Together we provide the scientific building blocks needed to shape a better future for the current and later generations of young individuals.

Diversity and inclusion

At the Erasmus SYNC lab, talent and skill lie within our foundation and here, diversity is of added value. In practice, we have observed that bringing people from different backgrounds together enriches the process of collaboration.

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