Our work in a nutshell
One of the main objectives of our research is to explore and gain a more precise understanding of the characteristics and traits of adolescents that lead to the healthiest and most successful adult lives possible. Many traits play a significant role in determining the life paths of young individuals, including their ability to flourish and achieve success in their studies, friendships, later romantic relationships, family relationships (such as with parents and siblings), or in their careers.
However, currently very little is known about the developmental patterns of these traits – how and why they change over time, especially during adolescence. Consequently, our research group's primary aim is to comprehensively and accurately uncover these characteristics using multiple methods (e.g., self-report, behavior, EEG and fMRI, genetic studies) and examine them from multiple perspectives (including the opinions of adolescents, as well as those of their parents and teachers). We complement subjective data based on self-reports and observed behaviors with biological measurements, making our research more objective.
In the long run, we hope to establish a complex knowledge base that could potentially improve the quality of life for young individuals and prevent potential future difficulties and problems.
We typically involve adolescents who exhibit symptoms of both typically developing behavior and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral disorders in our studies and then follow their changes and developments.