In the SYNC lab, we highly value the public understanding and practical implications of scientific knowledge. Therefore, we think it is important to share the knowledge we obtain during our research projects with others. This knowledge may be of use to youth, parents, or professionals (such as teachers). As can be seen below, we communicate our knowledge in several different ways.

Lectures / Workshops

We regularly provide lectures or workshops to youth, parents, teachers, professionals, or an otherwise interested public, on themes such as:

– Prosocial Behavior
– Self-concept and study choice
– Brain Development
Learn more or request a lecture here.

Informative Websites

On the (Dutch) website, youngsters can learn more about their brain in relation to several topics, such as social media, friendships, and emotions.

On the (Dutch) website, youth who are interested in participating in research can sign up.

School / Course Materials

We recently launched course material specifically developed for students between the ages of 10 and 16. Subjects of the course material include friendship, self-concept, and risk-taking behaviour. The course material is freely available here.



In the media

– In 2018, the second edition of Eveline Crone’s book Het puberendebrein (the pubertal brain) was published.

– In 2019, several SYNC researchers contributed to the (Dutch) information booklet “Brein in de Groei”. This booklet contains up to date scientific information on brain development and behaviour during adolescence.

As we aim to communicate our scientific knowledge to the general public, we publish a blog every two weeks. Topics include our own and other lab’s research topics, and practical matters involved in conducting research.

You can find all blogs here.

We regularly appear in the media to communicate our findings to a wider public and to participate in the public debate by sharing our expertise and listening to different layers of society.

You can find the most recent news and media appearances here.

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