The developing brain and the emergence of psychopathology during adolescence
How is aberrant brain development related to adolescent mental health?
Adolescence is a developmental period characterized by heightened emotional reactivity, which for some sets the stage for emotional and behavior problems. Cross-sectional studies suggest a relation between aberrant structural brain trajectories and psychopathology. Longitudinal studies are still scarce, but critical to identify whether trajectories of brain development relate to the emergence of psychopathology during adolescence. Marieke Bos will present data from a longitudinal study of a community sample of adolescents, assessing the relation between structural brain development and depression and aggressive behavior. She will discuss the differential relation between development of cortical thickness and cortical surface area with psychopathology.
Marieke Bos is assistant professor at the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. Her current research in the Brain and Development Research Center of Professor Eveline Crone focuses on the relation between structural brain development and psychopathology across adolescence.