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Lydia Krabbendam

Professor Developmental Neuropsychology

Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences

Together with my group, I study the development of social cognition
(empathy, perspective taking, trust) in adolescence, and the role of the social
environment in this development. We investigate these processes at the level
of behaviour (questionnaires, neuropsychological tasks, observation) and the
neural mechanisms (fMRI and EEG).

Urban environment and mental health

Epidemiological studies associate city living with an elevated risk for several disorders of mental health, including psychosis and depression. Urban social/economic stress and exposure to environmental toxins, pollution or disease agents have been proposed to underlie this association. Interdisciplinary research combining approaches, for example from experimental neuroscience and epidemiology, are needed to unravel specific urban mechanisms that increase or decrease mental health risk. This is the aim of this research line. Relevant publications can be found here.