Interdisciplinary approach benefits brain research

How do practice and theory reinforce one another in neuroscience? Professor Birte Forstmann’s inaugural lecture on 2 October will be about building interdisciplinary bridges between cognitive neuroscience and cognitive models. Her approach may lead to brain research with fewer side-effects for patients.

Van Bergen Fund Award 2015!

Who has the best idea to improve contacts between Dutch and international students? Send in your proposal and you could win up to 5,000 euros from the Van Bergen Fund to put your plan into action.

2 Veni grants awarded to Leiden Psychology researchers

Two Leiden researchers of the Institute of Psychology have been given the opportunity to realise their research plans for the coming three years thanks to a Veni grant from the Netherlands organisation for scientific research. Hanneke Hendriks is researcher in the field of Social and organisational psychology and Antoinette van Laarhoven in Health and medical psychology.

Crash course on Leiden for foreign students

Around 1,100 foreign students are participating in Orientation Week Leiden. Thanks to the crash course on Leiden student life they quickly become acquainted with their new city and the university. ‘It’s quite peaceful here compared to Seoul.’

'The detective work in my job is fascinating'

Inge Schilperoord, psychology alumna, works as a forensic psychologist in the Pieter Baan Centre, a psychiatric observation clinic. Her recently published debut novel Muidhond about a man struggling with his paedophilic tendencies, has received very positive acclaim.

Pics of the Psychology Science Day 2015

The Psychology Science Day is not only to listen to our students, but also to discuss the research they have set out to conduct. Watch the pics of staff and students with a passion for science on our Leiden Psychology Facebook.

The brain on alert

When focussing attention, the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and acetylcholine play an important role. This new finding made by psychologist Stephen Brown provides clues for further research on how focussed attention comes about. Dissertation defence on 16 June.

Flying start for Athena’s Angels website

On the new website Athena’s Angels, four female Leiden professors address the unequal treatment of women in academia. ‘Since we launched the website, our mailboxes have exploded,’ says Judi Mesman, Professor of Child and Family Studies and one of the initiators.

A PhD from two universities on drug abuse

Stimulating drugs, such as khat and cocaine, have a negative impact on everyday activities such as driving a car and working, as well as on social behaviour. That’s because these drugs seriously damage control centres in a user’s brain. Psychologist Manuel Ruiz’s research aims to increase understanding, and improve treatment, of drug addiction. His PhD defence at both Leiden University and the University of Granada took place on May 12.

Outstanding Dissertation Award to psychologist Hanneke Hendriks

Interpersonal communication plays a vital role for the prediction of health behaviours and health campaign effects. That's the way Social and Organisational Psychologist Hanneke Hendriks put it in her dissertation. Hendriks has been awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the International Communication Association.

Study association Labyrint

Labyrint is the study association for Leiden Psychology students. Apart from organising various study-related activities, Labyrint also offers the opportunity to increase social contacts between psychology students. Also worth mentioning: the online bookshop and Sofa magazine.

Leiden through the eyes of Hayley Barone

Hayley Barone is a third-year Psychology student of Behavioural Neuroscience on a study abroad programme from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. ‘I love the sense of community here in Leiden. And the stroopwafels…..’

Children with autism spectrum disorder are empathic

Children with autism spectrum disorder are able to empathise with others. However, they can be quickly overwhelmed by other people's emotions, which may make them more aggressive. These are the newest insights from research by developmental psychologist Carolien Rieffe and her colleagues.

Empathy improves with age

A unique network is activated in our brains whenever we think of other people. This network has a social function, and changes during adolescence. The change enables us to become better at understanding others and sharing in their feelings. But, as psychologist Sandy Overgaauw discovered, it doesn’t have the same effect in everyone. PhD defence 19 February.