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FAIR, safe and high-quality data: The data infrastructure and accessibility of the YOUth cohort study

YOUth is a longitudinal cohort study in the Netherlands that aims to produce and safely store FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) and high-quality data. In this CID special issue article YOUth shares their experience and expertise in setting up a high-quality research data infrastructure for sensitive cohort data. Plus, also describe the procedures and…

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The development of self-control during adolescence

by Mariëlle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg (Postdoc Utrecht University) In this paper, we evaluate how self-control develops and whether there is a gender effect on its development. We find robust support for a positive development in self-control over adolescence. Furthermore, we find mixed evidence with respect to the impact of gender. Parent-reports mainly support the hypothesis that girls…

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Newly appointed assistant professor Roy Hessels

CID and I go back a long way. In early 2013, I started working in the group of Chantal Kemner on my dissertation, which I successfully defended cum laude in July 2017. Two topics featured prominently in my thesis, both of which are now wholly integrated in the YOUth cohort study. First, I validated eye trackers – used…

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The influence of genes and environment on social brain and behaviour

Written by Mara van der Meulen (Postdoc L-CID) In the Consortium on Individual Development we aim to increase our understanding of why it’s easier for some children to find their way into society than it is for others. One of the means to achieve this is by investigating prosocial behaviour and empathy, two important contributors…

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Limiting data loss in infant EEG

Written by Bauke van der Velde (PhD candidate Utrecht University) “Studying the features of data loss can help prevent biases in gathered data and increase our understanding of how to study infants more effectively in the future” RATIONALE Studying the infant brain with electroencephalography (EEG) can be difficult. It is impossible to tell an infant…

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Newly appointed assistant professor Lara Wierenga

Currently finishing up final waves of data collection at the Leiden- Consortium on Individual development Lara Wierenga, assistant professor Leiden University, WP2 My main interest is to unravel why some individuals are more vulnerable to develop developmental disorders than others. My PhD project at University Medical Center Utrecht focused on typical and atypical brain development…

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PDI-SSH funding for harmonized metadata infrastructure

Connecting Data in Child Development (CD2) is a new initiative to develop a digital infrastructure that encompasses harmonized metadata for six longitudinal youth cohorts. CD2 was one of twelve projects to receive funding from the Platform for Digital Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities (PDI-SSH).  Six longitudinal youth cohorts (YOUth, L-CID, RADAR, NTR, TRAILS, and Generation…

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Ecological validity and the “real world” – What are we really talking about?

Written by Gijs Holleman(PhD candidate Utrecht University) Many researchers in psychological science have advocated that more ‘ecologically valid’ experiments are needed to understand behaviour in the ‘real world’. However, a general problem with these claims is that ‘ecological validity’ and the ‘real world’ are often not or ill-defined. In our paper in Frontiers in Psychology,…

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First digital CIDYoung

On 13 May 2020 eighteen CID postdocs, PhD students and research assistants joined our first digital CIDyoung meeting. The COVID-19 crisis is particularly worrisome and stressful for those employed on temporary contracts, which are often trainees. So when the in-person retreat had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIDyoung retreat committee (Michelle…

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Advice on road safety from a neurodevelopmental angle

At first glance road safety and neurodevelopment form an unusual pairing, but Michelle Achterberg connects them in four short advisory videos for a Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VNN) campaign ‘Verkeersgedrag van kinderen, de ontwikkelingsfasen‘ Although road safety and (brain) development of children might not seem to be linked, there are (neuro)developmental aspects to a child’s behaviour…

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