Longitudinal development of social emotion regulation across childhood

The work of my PhD thesis showed individual differences in development of social emotion regulation, but only captured two time points across 7-10-year-olds. To truly capture development and model growth trajectories we are currently including more timepoints.

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Social media and the brain

Currently, it remains unclear how the intense social connectedness though social media affects ongoing brain development throughout adolescence. It has been suggested that adolescents heightened emotional sensitivity and protracted development of cognitive control may make them specifically reactive to social media. In this study, we will examine the longitudinal associations between social media use and structural brain development during adolescence. 

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Prosocial skills & behavioral problems

Behavioral problems and prosocial skills are related constructs. Between persons, those higher in prosocial behavior are usually lower in behavioral problems, but is it also true that within-individual changes in one construct affect the other?

 

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Functional networks and behavioral control

In this project we are investigating different forms of behavioral control in middle childhood and how they relate to each other. Moreover, we are using resting state fMRI to investigate underlying functional networks. 

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