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Spinoza Prize awarded to Eveline Crone

12. 7. 2017 | The AcademiaNet scientist receives the highest accolade in Dutch science.
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Spinoza Prize 2017 | (left to right) Alexander van Oudenaarden, Michèl Orrit, Albert Heck and Eveline Crone (Amsterdam, June 2017). Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

2.5 Million Euros for their investigations – this is what this year's four Spinoza Prize winners receive from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The award is given to three or four Dutch researchers every year and is meant to be used to further the recipients' outstanding and ground-breaking work.

Among the current awardees is AcademiaNet member Eveline Crone. A Professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden, her research focuses on brain development of children and adolescents. Her research group is particularly interested in the formation of cognition as well as emotional and social decision-making. To study these topics, Prof. Crone combines experimental behavioural methods and brain imaging tools.

In a Q&A session (in Dutch) at the award ceremony, Prof Crone revealed that she has lots of ideas of what to do with the money. First and foremost, she would like to connect her current and past research topics. As an example, she mentioned her studies on risk-taking and helpfulness of adolescents: What if the two traits are connected? Are children that are more prone to take risks are also those ones that are more likely to help others when they run into trouble? This, and similar topics, could form basis of some of her future work.

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