The neurodevelopmental roadmap to antisocial behavior

Adopted into a loving home in Oklahoma, Jeffrey Landrigan was provided a safe and nurturing environment. Yet, at 11 years of age Jeffrey was already arrested for burglary. Nine years later, Jeffrey was sentenced for second-degree murder of his childhood friend. What dark shadows cast over Jeffrey, resulting in his rapid path to violence? On any given day, you may …

The Fascinating Bilingual Brain

Health care organizations, governments, and policymakers are facing social and economic challenges as the global population has been aging very rapidly the past few years. With aging comes the risk of developing health issues, like neurodegenerative disorders. In 2015, 46 million individuals worldwide were suffering from dementia. By 2050, it is expected that this number will increase to 131.5 million, …

SYNC LAB E-magazine: Het Jongerenbrein in de Coronacrisis (Dutch)

Het SYNC lab heeft op basis van recente onderzoeken naar het functioneren van jongeren voor en tijdens de coronacrisis een e-magazine gepubliceerd. Dit e-magazine staat boordevol kennis over kwetsbaarheden en kansen voor jongeren tijdens de coronacrisis. Op basis van deze kennis hebben wij tips geformuleerd waarmee professionals, opvoeders, en beleidsmakers aan de slag kunnen. Meer weten? Lees hier verder:

Collecting MRI data during COVID-19: A crash course in flexibility

“Don’t you feel embarrassed wearing a mask like that?” a 12-year-old asks while listening to the explanation of the MRI procedure. Strange but true: this isn’t an uncommon question in my life nowadays. During a global pandemic in which the importance of science has become increasingly clear, we are lucky enough to be able to continue our MRI data collection, …

Does Human nature exist, and if so, does it matter?

The Scorpion and the FrogAn old Russian fable tells the story of a Scorpion and a Frog. The scorpion, who can’t swim, asks a frog to carry it across the river sitting on its back. The frog hesitates, knowing the danger of playing piggyback with a deadly scorpion. With a smooth voice, the scorpion declares that she wouldn’t dare sting …

Predicting the colors of our emotions

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for months now and we are getting into different situations than we are normally used to – such as working from home – many of us try to detect why we feel differently before and after the virus jumped into our lives. But how good are we in detecting the rush of …

Press release: The impact of a lockdown on adolescents

The teen years are a formative period for healthy social and emotional development. The Covid-19 pandemic and associated measures such as the intelligent lockdown pose a potential threat. Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone and researchers Suzanne van de Groep, Kayla Green and Sophie Sweijen from Erasmus University and Kiki Zanolie from Leiden University have conducted research to map out the consequences …

Interview: How COVID-19 Influences Youth Delinquency (Dutch)

Yesterday, Ilse van de Groep was interviewed by Radio 1 presenter Myrthe van der Drift. During the interview, they discussed the recent increase in juveline delinquency, the RESIST project and how juvenile delinquency is influenced by the current COVID crisis. You can listen to the interview here.

Kian Westbrook’s tribute to Chadwick Boseman. Source: CNN

#ThankYouChadwickBoseman: the desire to be motivated and inspired by others

During the summer break I took a moment to reflect on this year’s struggles; the worldwide pandemic crisis, the racial injustice, how the racism debate (although how can racism still be a debate?) keeps polarizing us instead of bringing us together, and of course climate change it is still here and real… I thought we had seen it all for …