The aim of NeuroLabNL is to increase neuroscientific knowledge and to integrate this knowledge in diagnostics, risk assessment, prevention and intervention to strengthen self-sustainability and resilience and to reduce antisocial and criminal behavior.

‘Antisocial behavior’ encompasses various behaviors ranging from ‘crime’ (violating legal norms), aggressive or violent behavior, to psychological disorders such as the ‘antisocial personality disorder’. Twentieth century expressions of antisocial behavior are cybercrime and society-disrupting forms such as solitary attacks and terrorism. Human thinking and decision making, as well as emotions, are important factors in relation to the resilience of professionals (such as police, prison staff, judges) but also of citizens (for example in divorce, debt, migration, social exclusion).

The research within NeuroLabNL integrates knowledge from, amongst others, ‘biocriminology’ and ‘social neuroscience’. It focuses on antisocial behavior, self-sustainability and resilience from a bio-psycho-social perspective.

  • We focus on a broader view on mechanisms of antisocial behavior to develop more effective diagnostics, prevention and intervention.
  • We investigate which effects stress has and how resilience and decision-making capacity can be mapped out. This creates concrete starting points for assessment and training to increase these capacities.
  • The field of ICT, sensor technology and big data is rapidly developing. Interactive environments and the online monitoring of psychophysiological processes promise to contribute to the overall picture of antisocial behavior and stress situations.


On the Startimpulse grant, research is conducted within the theme of Safety.

The first project is about brain and behavior development of adolescents with antisocial behavior

Het tweede project gaat over physiological wearables with a focus on adolescents with antisocial behavior