Laura van der Aar
Laura van der Aar is a PhD candidate at the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.
Laura studied Developmental Psychology at Leiden University and obtained her research master’s degree in 2014. She wrote her thesis in the Brain and Development Lab of Eveline Crone, focusing on the neural correlates of creativity training in adolescents.
Following her masters, she worked in the Brain and Development lab as a teaching and research associate. She assisted in different research projects in the lab, such as the Braintime project. This longitudinal study started three years ago and follows almost 300 children and adolescents in their (brain) development.
In February 2016 she started her PhD project supervised by Dr. Sabine Peters and Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone and in collaboration with Jochem Spaans and Renske van der Cruijsen. This longitudinal project focuses on the neural signature of self-concept development in adolescence and is funded by a VICI grant from NWO. In collaboration with Foundation Gap Year (Stichting Breekjaar), Laura investigates the relation between self-concept training and academic choices/success.
Academic Skills Tutorial
Course Developmental and Educational Psychology
Course Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
Course the Adolescent Brain
Supervision bachelor theses
Supervision (research)master theses
- Aar L.P.E. van der (15 June 2021), Dear future me: behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying self-concept development in relation to educational decision-making in adolescence (PhD thesis. Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Crone E.A., Peters S.
- Peters S., Cruijsen R. van der, Aar L.P.E. van der, Spaans J.P., Becht A.I. & Crone E.A.M. (2021), Social media use and the not-so-imaginary audience: behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying the influence on self-concept, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 48.
- Van der Aar L.P.E., Crone E.A. & Peters S. (2019), What characterizes adolescents struggling with educational decision-making? The role of behavioral and neural correlates of self-concept and self-esteem, Mind Brain and Education 13(3): 184-197.
- Van der Aar L.P.E., Peters S., Van der Cruijsen R. & Crone E.A. (2019), The neural correlates of academic self-concept in adolescence and the relation to making future-oriented academic choices, Trends in Neuroscience and Education 15: 10-17.
- Van der Aar L.P.E., Peters S. & Crone E.A. (2018), The development of self-views across adolescence: Investigating self-descriptions with and without social comparison using a novel experimental paradigm, Cognitive Development 48: 256-270.
- Van der Cruijsen R., Peters S., Van der Aar L.P.E. & Crone E.A. (2018), The neural signature of self-concept development in adolescence: The role of domain and valence distinctions, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 30: 1-12.
- Kleibeuker S.W., Stevenson C.E., Aar L. van der, Overgaauw S., Duijvenvoorde A.C. van & Crone E.A. (2017), Training in the adolescent brain: An fMRI training study on divergent thinking, Developmental Psychology 53(2): 353-365.
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