The development of self-regulation in relation to environmental experiences and brain development in babies and toddlers

Hersen- en gedragsontwikkeling bij kinderen

The concept self-regulation is widely studied, including many studies examining the influence of environmental experiences, such as parenting behaviors and demographics. Results of previous (neuroimaging) studies also showed that self-regulation is related to individual differences in brain activity and that brain activity is related to environmental experiences. Although brain activity, environmental experiences and self-regulation therefore seem to be related to each other, these factors have mainly been examined separately. To further examine these relations, the results of similar previously conducted studies are systematically analyzed (two meta-analyzes). In addition, data from the YOUth cohort study is used for this project. This large-scale and longitudinal study with repeated measurements of brain and behavioral development follows children in their development from pregnancy until adolescence. Using the EEG-data, parent-child interaction videos and questionnaires, we aim to create a longitudinal mediation model of self-regulation during the first years of life.