SO-REBEL is an interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Michelle Achterberg, based at the Youth & Family unit of the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

We study how dealing with online and offline social rejection impacts youth- in the brain and everyday life.



We have the vision that science becomes better when using an interdisciplinary approach, which we accomplish by integrating theories and methods from Developmental Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience, and Pedagogical Sciences, and by consulting societal stakeholders. It is our ambition to combine fundamental top science with societal impact using citizen science.



Our current generation of youth is unique in their social development: Growing up in the digital age,  youth are hyperconnected with their peers and social rejection nowadays takes place both offline and online. While some socially rejected children suffer from widespread and persistent impairments in mental health, other children seem more resilient in dealing with social rejection. At SO-REBEL, we want to understand these individual differences and unravel the impact of social rejection in the brain and everyday life. 


For collaborations, questions and/or knowledge utilisation, you can contact Dr. Michelle Achterberg.