PhD defence: Like me, or else…Nature, nurture and neural mechanisms of social emotion regulation in childhood

In her dissertation work, Michelle Achterberg provides a comprehensive overview of the underlying mechanisms of social emotion regulation in childhood. The studies within her thesis show that the brain is prone to signal for socially relevant information. Her work reveals that the network of social saliency is already present in childhood, indicating that this might be a core social mechanism.

The thesis additionally shows that social rejection is often followed by behavioral aggression, and regulation of these retaliation emotions is related to control mechanisms of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Moreover, the results show that the vast architecture of functional subcortical-prefrontal brain connectivity is already in place in middle childhood and suggest fine tuning of (social evaluation) brain networks across childhood. These findings highlighting the need to incorporate childhood into developmental models of social emotion regulation.

Michelle Achterberg will defend her dissertation during a public defence on March 12 at 16:15-17:00 at Leiden University.

For more information, please see the Leiden university website.

Here you can have access to the e-book of the dissertation.

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