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Social Development

Mission statement

The Social Development group conducts fundamental research on social development and related processes across the life span.

It is our ambition to contribute new knowledge to developmental science through cutting-edge research projects, high-impact publications, and excellent dissertations. It is also our ambition that this knowledge has applied relevance for clinical, developmental, and educational practice.

We study caregiver-child interaction in early and middle childhood, peer relationships in middle childhood and adolescence, and social relationships in later life. We study typical and atypical populations (e.g., ADHD, visually impaired children). We combine traditional longitudinal and observational methods of developmental research with modern methods from psychobiology and neuroscience.

Our methods include sequential analysis, psychophysiology and hormonal assessments, neuropsychological paradigms, fMRI and EEG recordings, sociometric analysis, dynamic social network modeling, and advanced longitudinal data analysis.

For an overview of current PhD-projects please click here

prof. dr. Roy Otten
Head of programme

Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
Room number: 03.390
E-mail: ontwikkeling@psych.ru.nl
Ph: +31 (0)24 361 55 50

Group pages
Developmental Evolutionary Ecological Psychology Lab
Developmental Psychobiology Lab (DPBLab)
Peer Relations Lab Group
Nijmeegse Longitudinale Studie