Jochem is a PhD candidate at the SYNC lab (http://erasmus-synclab.nl/). In his PhD project, he focuses on the neural signature of prosociality in adolescence, with a focus on vicarious gaining (gaining rewards for someone other than yourself). In addition, he investigates the relationship between self-concept and prosociality.
Jochem's PhD is a part of a larger, NWO-VICI-funded project on self-concept. This longitudinal project has so far investigated the development of self-concept in adolescence over a period of four years in a group of approximately 160 adolescents, using several different measurement methods (fMRI, questionnaires, hormone collection).
A.I. Becht, E.T. Klapwijk, L.M. Wierenga, R. van der Cruijsen, J.P. Spaans, L. van der Aar, S. Peters, S. Branje, E.A.M. Crone & W. Meeus (2020). Longitudinal associations between structural prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens development and daily identity formation processes across adolescence. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 46:100880. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100880