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Research programme

Pathways through adolescence

... studies the developmental course and dynamics of cognition, self-regulation, and emotional competence, and the implications for educational and clinical practice.

Eveline Crone

The main focus of this research programme is on adolescence, which is a key transitional period in human development. The programme ‘Pathways through adolescence’ is unique and strong in the combination of fundamental research using experimental behavioural, brain and longitudinal approaches to applied research which connects basic developmental research to the domains of educational and clinical assessment and interventions.

It is well known that adolescence is a period of vulnerability, where natural tendencies to explore can result in risky behaviours, which can result in a myriad of negative health consequences. At the same time, most adolescents are doing well navigating this period, which leads to a growing interest for a deeper, more mechanistic understanding of both normative developmental processes and individual differences which lead development to go astray.

The research programme puts emphasis on combined experimental behavioural and psychophysiological analysis of normative transitions and developmental deviations in adolescent development.

The research programme is enriched by:

  1. incorporating a longitudinal approach in many studies
  2. strengthening of experimental methods
  3. adding observational and biological measures
  4. starting treatment outcome research

Connection with other research

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