Self and others in adolescence.
Adolescence is an important transition phase between childhood and adulthood during which individuals gain independence and develop mature social goals. One of the main paradoxes in adolescence is the relative self-absorption, while at the same time developing increased concern for others.
In this talk I will show that brain regions that are important for thinking about self and others undergo large changes in adolescence in terms of both the structural properties of the brain as well as the way the brain functions when thinking about self and others. Together, these findings are discussed in the context of adolescent specific opportunities for social learning, such as fast adaptation to different social contexts; forming friendships, close relationships and prosocial development.
Professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology
Eveline Crone is full professor of neurocognitive developmental psychology and chair of the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.
For full details on her research programme, see Brain and Development Lab - Research