Simone Dobbelaar is a PhD candidate at the SYNC lab at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the CHANGE lab at Leiden University. During her PhD, Simone focuses on the role of the social environment in the neurocognitive development of social competence. Specifically, she is interested in the development of prosocial behavior and aggression regulation, and the co-occurence of these behaviors. Moreover, she tries to discover whether changes in the social environment, such as parenting behavior, can influence the development of prosocial behavior and emotion regulation on both a behavioral and neural level. Simone studies these questions in twins that are followed from middle childhood to early adolescence, as part of the large longitudinal twin study of the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development. Her PhD project is supervised by Prof. dr. Eveline Crone and Dr. Anna van Duijvenvoorde.

During her bachelors Psychobiology and Psychology, Simone developed an interest in research that bridges the gap between brain and behavior. She obtained her Reseach Master Psychology at the University of Amsterdam with a specialization in Brain and Cognition and Clinical Psychology (2018, cum laude). Her master thesis in the Emotional Memory Lab of the University of Amsterdam focused on the role of context in declarative memory interference and was awarded as research master thesis of the year.

Research interests: brain development, prosocial behavior, aggression regulation, social environment, fMRI

Achterberg, M., Dobbelaar, S., Boer, O. D., & Crone, E. (2020). Perceived stress as mediator for longitudinal effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on wellbeing of parents and children. Scientific Reports.

Crone, E. A., Achterberg, M., Dobbelaar, S., Euser, S., van den Bulk, B., van der Meulen, M., … & van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2020). Neural and behavioral signatures of social evaluation and adaptation in childhood and adolescence: The Leiden consortium on individual development (L-CID). Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 100805.

Derks, K., Burger, J., van Doorn, J., Kossakowski, J.J., Matzke, D., …, Dobbelaar, S., …, & Wagenmakers, E.J. (2018). Network Models to Organize a Dispersed Literature: The Case of Misunderstanding Analysis of Covariance. Journal of European Psychology Students, 9(1).

Dobbelaar, S., van Duijvenvoorde, A.C.K., Achterberg, M., van der Meulen, M. and Crone, E.A. (2021) A Bi-Dimensional Taxonomy of Social Responsivity in Middle Childhood: Prosociality and Reactive Aggression Predict Externalizing Behavior Over Time. Front. Psychol. 11:586633. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.586633