Prosocial behaviors such as helping, cooperating and trusting are essential for forming and maintaining social relationships, which is an important developmental goal in adolescence. Suzanne van de Groep is a PhD Candidate who studies the behavioral and neural development of prosocial behaviors in adolescence. Her work specifically focuses on the influence of social contexts and individual differences on the development of different types of prosociality (e.g. trust, reciprocity, and giving).

Suzanne works on an ERC consolidator project called ‘Brainlinks’, a longitudinal three-wave study in which 142 adolescents and their parents are followed over the course of three years. In this project, van de Groep uses a variety of techniques (e.g. fMRI, daily diaries, hormone data, laboratory tasks, and questionnaires) to behaviorally and neurally investigate adolescents’ prosocial behaviors, as well as how these are modulated by different social contexts (e.g., pertaining to beneficiaries and audiences) and individual differences in personality (e.g., in perspective taking). Van de Groep’s PhD project, which started in January 2017, is supervised by prof. Eveline Crone and dr. Kiki Zanolie. 

Suzanne has a background in developmental psychology and completed her research masters in Leiden in 2016 (cum laude). In 2019, she received a Leiden University Fund Study Trip Grant to visit Prof. Andrew Fuligni and Prof. Adriana Galván at UCLA. Suzanne has presented her work through oral (8+) and poster (4+) presentations at national and international conferences. Apart from gaining a better understanding of prosocial development, she has a passion for science communication (e.g., participating in science shows, writing blogs, and giving lectures) and supervising students and assistants.

Research interests: Prosocial Development, Neural Development, Adolescence

Burke, S.M., van de Groep, S., Brandner, P., & Crone, E.A. (in press).
Neurocognitive Developmental Changes in Trust and Reciprocity Across Adolescence. In K. Cohen (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Van de Groep, S., Zanolie, K., & Crone, E.A. (early access). Familiarity and Audience Effects of Giving; an fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Van de Groep, S., Zanolie, K., & Crone, E.A. (2020). Giving to Friends, Classmates, and Strangers in Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 30, 290-297.

Van de Groep, S., Meuwese R., Zanolie, K., Güroğlu, B., & Crone, E. A. (2020). Developmental Changes and Individual Differences in Trust and Reciprocity in Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 30, 192-208. 

van de Groep, S., Zanolie, K., Green, K. H., Sweijen, S. W., & Crone, E. A. (2020). A daily diary study on adolescents’ mood, empathy, and prosocial behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. PloS one15(10), e0240349.