Developmental and Educational Psychology
The main focus of our research programme is on adolescence, a key transitional period in human development. The programme puts emphasis on combined experimental behavioural and neural analysis of normative transitions and deviations in adolescent development.
Aim of the programme
Researchers in our programme ' Pathways through adolescence' aim to understand the various neural, cognitive and behavioural changes that occur during the period of adolescence. The programme combines fundamental research using experimental behavioural, brain and longitudinal approaches to applied research which connects basic developmental research to domains of educational and clinical assessments and interventions.
The research focuses mainly on behavioural and brain correlates of cognitive development, decision-making, processing of basic and complex emotions, perspective-taking and sensitivity to social rejection. Insights gained from these studies are applied in research on cognitive training and treatment of anxiety-based school refusal.
Research team and research opportunities for students
Our research team consists of staff and PhD candidates from interdisciplinary backgrounds; all trained at internationally acclaimed universities. Our research programme provides ample opportunities for ambitious master's and doctoral students to participate in cutting-edge research and be supervised by researchers of various expertises.
The unit’s research programme is structured in four thematic research groups. Extensive collaborations have been set up both between these groups and with external parties. The four groups are:
- Brain & Development
This group explores the relations between brain development and cognitive development.
- Emotional Development
This group focuses on the development of emotion regulation in young children and in adolescents.
- Intellectual Development and Dynamic Testing
This group studies cognitive-intellectual abilities and processes in children and adolescents.
- Social Anxiety and School Refusal in Adolescence
This group studies the dynamics and treatment of social anxiety during adolescence.