WP1 will identify how social and societal opportunities impact short- and long-term individual, academic, and social outcomes in adolescence and emerging adulthood, tailored toward diversity in socio-economic status. We will investigate how self-regulation (at behavioral and neural levels) and its development moderate or mediate these processes. We use structural and functional neuroimaging along with behavioral experiments, in a longitudinal design.

In WP ‘SES and Education’ two longitudinal cohort-sequential MRI studies at two sites (Erasmus University Rotterdam and VU University) will be the basis for a comprehensive test-replication design by direct comparison between longitudinal waves. The aim is to collect data with a focus on diversity in socioeconomic status (SES) through ongoing collaboration with local governments and active involvement of citizens in our research. Genetics, brain structure and function, and an overlapping behavioural protocol to assess self-regulation are at the core of our approach and design. Relevant outcomes are determined in co-creation with adolescents and other stakeholders. Each site will also include focus designs, aimed to target specific questions and to allow for a wide-ranging approach to study the cornerstones of self-regulation.

  • Work Package 1 has submitted proposals for medical ethical approval and is currently awaiting approval after two revisions.
  • Participant recruitment meetings were held in collaboration with YoungXperts, and several focus groups took place before summer.
  • Work Package 1’s measurements are now part of the Rotterdam cohort’s GUTS-wide measurements, with preparations for MRI, EEG, and ESM data collection in progress.
  • A paper by Suzanne van de Groep on social delay discounting in the GUTS pilot was accepted for publication in DCN.


WP1 chairs:

  • Amsterdam Cohort: Lydia Krabbendam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Rotterdam Cohort: Eveline Crone (Erasmus University Rotterdam)