Renske is a PhD Candidate in the Society, Youth, and Neuroscience Connected (SYNC) lab, studying behavioural and neural development of self-concept in adolescence.

Renske obtained her research master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Radboud University Nijmegen, where she investigated intentional control in adolescents with and without autism, and worked as a research assistant at the Baby Research Center.

In January 2016 Renske started her PhD project in the Brain and Development Lab at Leiden University, supervised by Dr. Sabine Peters and Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone. She specifically focuses on mother-child interactions, and the (perceived) role of peers in relation to adolescent self-views. Additionally, Renske is interested in implicit and explicit self-concept in youth with autism spectrum disorders.

Research interests: Self-concept Development, Neural Development, Adolescence

van der Cruijsen, R., Buisman, R., Green, K.H.,  Peters, S., & Crone, E.A. (2019). Neural responses for evaluating self and mother traits in adolescence depend on mother-adolescent relationships. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 14 (5), 481-492. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsz023

van der Cruijsen, R., Peters, S., Zoetendaal, K.P.M.,  Pfeifer, J.H., & Crone, E.A. (2019). Direct and reflected self-concept show increasing similarity across adolescence: A functional neuroimaging study. Neuropsychologia, 129, 407-417. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.05.001

van der Cruijsen, R., Murphy, J., & Bird, G. (2019). Alexithymic traits can explain the association between puberty and symptoms of depression and anxiety in adolescent females. PLoS One, 14 (1): e0210519. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210519

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 makeing future-oriented academic choices. Trends in neuroscience and education, 15, 10-17. doi: 10.1016/j.tine.2019.02.003

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. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.11.005

van der Cruijsen, R., Peters, S., & Crone, E.A. (2017). Neural correlates of evaluating self and close-other in physical, academic and prosocial domains. Brain and Cognition, 118, 45-53. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.07.008