Self Concept

Adolescents develop more complex views of themselves, and become highly sensitive to the opinions of others. In this project, we aim to investigate how adolescents’ self-concept development is associated with changes in structural and functional brain development.

We measured structural and functional brain development in a group of 160 adolescents  ranging from  11 to 23 years old by using a cohort-sequential longitudinal design. Three waves of data have been collected, including self-reports of personality traits, behavioural parent-child interaction observations, measures of structural and functional brain imaging, and measures of biological markers such as testosterone.

A sub-project examined a specific group of adolescents who experience difficulties with finding a suitable major and take a gap-year with Foundation Gap-Year in the Netherlands (www.breekjaar.nl). During this year, they focus on personal development and start working on improving their self-esteem and decision-making skills. We examined changes in their self-concept and underlying neural mechanisms, and subsequently tested whether they were able to make better suited academic decisions after their gap-year.


Preregistration Open Science Framework

Our Team:

Eveline Crone

Eveline Crone

Professor

Eveline Crone is full professor of neurocognitive developmental psychology at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Andrik Becht

Andrik Becht

Postdoctoral Researcher

Andrik is a postdoc interested in self-concept and identity formation processes, from both a neurobiological and contextual perspective.

Renske van der Cruijsen

Renske van der Cruijsen

PhD Candidate

Renske is a PhD Candidate studying the neural correlates of self-concept development in adolescence.

Jochem Spaans

Jochem Spaans

PhD Candidate

Jochem is a PhD candidate focused on the neural signature of prosociality in adolescence, in particular on vicarious gaining.

Sabine Peters

Sabine Peters

Visiting Scholar
Sabine Peters

Sabine Peters

Assistant Professor

Sabine will join SYNC for 1 day / week! Sabine is an assistant professor at Leiden University interested in brain development and education.


Our Collaborators:


Funding:

This project is supported by VICI grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), awarded to Eveline Crone.