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Eveline Crone

Professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology

Prof.dr. E.A.M. Crone
+31 71 527 2727

Eveline Crone is full professor of neurocognitive developmental psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

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Eveline Crone is full professor of neurocognitive developmental psychology and chair of the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

She obtained her master’s degree in developmental psychology from the University of Amsterdam, based on a one-year research internship at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her PhD, cum laude, from the University of Amsterdam; her dissertation is entitled:  Performance monitoring and decision-making: Psychophysiological and developmental analyses. After her PhD, she spent 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis. In 2005 she came to Leiden University, where she set up the Brain and Development Lab. She was appointed full professor on March 15, 2009. Since 2013 she has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Research programme

Eveline Crone’s research centres around brain development related to cognition and behaviour of children and adolescents. The lab has a strong focus on the fundamental changes in brain function that underlie our ability to anticipate, produce and evaluate complex decisions in daily life.  Eveline and the members of her research group regularly publish in leading international journals.

For her PhD research, she received both the J. C. Ruigrok Prize and the Junior Heymans Award in 2008. In 2009 she received the Huibregtsen Prize for Science and Society from the minister of education. In 2011 she received the Early Career Award of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in Boston (USA). In Januari 2017 she received the Ammodo KNAW award.

Eveline has been awarded several prestigious research grants, including a VENI, VIDI and VICI grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and two grants by the European Research Council (ERC), namely a Starting Grant in 2010 and a Consolidator Grant in 2016.

For full details on her research programme, see  Brain and Development Lab - Research

Spinoza award

In September 2017, Eveline received the Spinoza award for her research on the adolescent brain. The Spinoza award is the highest recognition in Dutch Science.


Communication and Society

In addition to her scientific work, Eveline has been successfully communicating her findings to the general public. In 2008 she published the Dutch book “Het puberende brein” for a wide audience, of which over 85,000 copies have been sold. The book has been translated into six languages. In the spring of 2012 her second book “Het sociale brein van de puber” came out. In this book, Eveline Crone explains the influence of brain development on the social relations and friendships of adolescents.

For youth she developed the website Kijk in je brein. This website has been developed in collaboration with experts in youth communication. Kijk in je brein voor docenten also provides information for teachers. In its first year only, the site was already visited over 25,000 times. It provides youth with information for speeches and for their final study project.

In January 2016, Eveline presented the film “Braintime: Discovering the developing brain”, in collaboration with documentary producer Erik Heuvelink. The film is the result of a five-year project, in which youth participating in the longitudinal Braintime project were interviewed repeatedly. The researchers were interviewed as well and the results are discussed. The newspaper NRC called this film a possible new trend in science communication.

National Science Agenda

Eveline Crone has been designated as one of the faces of the route “Hersenen, cognitie en gedrag: leren ontwikkelen en ontplooien”. 

The National Science Agenda (NWA) is a platform for anyone to pose questions to science. The NWA stimulates collaboration between scientists, companies and civil society organisations. The NWA categorises the questions into 16 routes, see ‘Routes-NWA’ (in Dutch). For upcoming events, see ‘Activities – NWA’ (in Dutch).


Curriculum Vitae

For more information, see the Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B39



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