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Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

In the developmental psychology program, we study typical and a-typical cognitive development across the life-span: from infancy to senescence.

Typical and a-typical development

In the study of typical development, we focus on learning, decision-making, cognitive control, and capacities required at school, e.g. second language acquisition. In the study of a-typical development we investigate addiction, ADHD, mild to borderline intellectual disability, anxiety, and learning disabilities (dyslexia and math anxiety).  The study of a-typical development addresses underlying mechanisms, optimal ways of assessment, as well as interventions.

Social, affective, and motivational modulations

In both research lines, we study social, affective, and motivational modulations of cognitive development. We have a strong focus on a) the relation between cognitive development and brain maturation; b) theoretical, computational, and statistical modeling of (neuro-)cognitive development; and c) a  combination of fundamental research with practice-oriented work. 

The developmental psychology research program has and is funded by several NWO innovative research schemes (VENI-VIDI-VICI), EU grants, by the research priority area Yield on the bio-ecology of human development, and by the NWO “Nationale Wetenschap Agenda”.