This is not art: why people differ in their appreciation of (abstract) art

A few years ago, when I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the paintings on display caught my attention. It was Autumn Rhythm, Number 30, by Jackson Pollock. Or rather, I was drawn by the many different ways in which people seemed to interact with the work. Some people appreciated the seemingly soothing patterns and fractals, while others mainly …

Podcast: Unleashing young people’s creativity in your business (Dutch).

De creativiteit en de manier van denken die jongeren nog bezitten is onmisbaar voor leiders in crisistijd. Eveline Crone, hoogleraar Neurocognitieve Ontwikkelingspsychologie en auteur van het boek ‘het puberende brein, vertelt in deze aflevering van Werkprofessor hoe je jongeren optimaal inzet in jouw organisatie: Find out more about the podcast.

Ensuring road safety for kids

Postdoc Michelle Achterberg has collaborated with Veilig Verkeer Nederland to produce a (scientifically sound) video series to promote road safety for kids. You can view the series here (in Dutch).

Interview: Why Youth Struggle with Corona Rules

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it is prohibited to have gatherings with more than three individuals and mandatory to keep a distance of 1.5 meters in the Netherlands. Young people seem to really struggle to keep to these rules. Why is that? Suzanne van de Groep explains why youngsters struggle with the corona-rules in a recent interview with …

Interview: The Adolescent Brain in Times of Corona

Eveline Crone talked with Radio 1 presenter Patrick Lodiers about the development of the adolescent brain and gives a sneak preview of our new research projects, in which we examine how Dutch younsters experience the current crisis. You can listen to the interview here (in Dutch):

Eveline Crone appointed professor of Developmental Neuroscience in Society

Prof. Eveline Crone has been appointed professor of ‘Developmental Neuroscience in Society’ at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB). The chair will focus on the future of the next generation. One aspect of this focus will be to understand how optimal opportunities can be created through using neuroscience methods. She also wants to integrate her research with issues …


PhD Defense Michelle Achterberg

Michelle Achterberg will defend her PhD dissertation on 12 March 2020 in the Academy Building of Leiden University. Her PhD-project is part of the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID). In her PhD thesis, she provides a comprehensive overview of the underlying mechanisms of social emotion regulation in childhood. She shows that the brain is prone to signal for socially relevant …