Research in the CoDAP Lab

The CoDAP lab aims at unraveling the psychophysiological mechanisms underlying cognition and affective processes during adolescent development. We are particularly interested in individual differences in these psychophysiological mechanisms and how they are implicated in the development of psychological disorders. We employ multi-method assessments in our research with a dominant focus on electrophysiological recordings, behavioral and personality assessments.

 

The research in the CoDAP lab centers around the following themes:

- Social-evaluative stress

- Biased information processing

- Gene-brain-behavior relationships in psychopathology

- Social anxiety

- Neurodevelopmental disorders

   

Our research is funded by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research),

the Leiden University Profile Area "Health, prevention, and the human life

cycle", the Leiden University Fund/Den Dulk-Moermans, and the LUF International

Student Fund.

 

Information about our current research and results can be found below.

Changing Minds in Social Anxiety

Our prior research has found that EEG FM-theta activity reflects a neural mechanism involved in the processing of social feedback. In this NWO-funded talent grant awarded to Elise Kortink we will test whether FM-theta constitutes a neural mechanism that is critical in the development and maintenance of social anxiety. We will use an innovative classification approach to uncover factors that are likely to influence this neural mechanism (e.g., personality and environment characteristics) during adolescent development. This research should result in a deeper understanding of the critical factors implicated in social anxiety and will help us to predict who is at risk of developing social anxiety disorder later in life.

Brain network organization and information processing in Dyslexia

In collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Free University, we study abnormalities in functional brain network organization (based on graph theoretical measures) and information processing abnormalities during reading tasks in Dyslexia. This research is supported by an ABC-project grant