Symposium: Like me, or else … Social-cognitive development in childhood and adolescence

Time: Friday afternoon, March 13

Location: Boerhaave Museum, Leiden

This symposium is being organised to celebrate the PhD defence of Michelle Achterberg, who will defend her thesis on March 12 at Leiden University. During the symposium, two international star speakers will give a keynote – and it will be a fantastic day to dive into social and cognitive development.

Tentative schedule:

12.45: coffee/tea

13.00-13.30: Dr. Anna van Duijvenvoorde (Leiden University) 

13.30-14.15: Prof. Dr. Leah Somerville  (Harvard University) 

14.45-15.30: Dr. Margaret Sheridan (University of North Carolina) 

15.30-16.00: Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone

16:00+ :  Drinks!

The number of seats is limited, so please do register through the link if you’d like to attend https://forms.gle/mtQ6i9L6DHASu65C9

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.

PhD defence: Emotions and Psychosocial development of Children with and without Developmental Language Disorder

Children and adolescents with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) are at increased risk for the development of psychosocial problems compared to their peers without DLD. There is much individual variation within the group of children with DLD regarding their level and development of psychosocial problems. However, there is no systematic relationship between the severity of children’s communication problems and their psychosocial problems. 

In her dissertation work Neeltje van den Bedem aimed to gain better understanding of risk and protective factors for the development of psychosocial problems of children with DLD.

Neeltje van den Bedem will defend her dissertation during a public defence on March 4 at 15:00-15:45 at Leiden University.

For more information, please see the Leiden university website.

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