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An error rattles the brain temporarily

A slip-up, a speech error or a missed musical note literally knocks us out of our rhythm and makes us slow down, write Leiden psychologists in the Journal of Neuroscience. ‘Due to an “Oops, a mistake!” reaction, the brain becomes momentarily distracted,’ says Leiden scholar Rudy van den Brink, first author of the article.


Rubicon grant for Dr. Keegan Knittle

Dr. Keegan Knittle (Health- Medical and Neuropsychology) was awarded a NWO Rubicon grant for his research on factors and techniques that result in greater motivation for health behaviour change. The grant will provide for two years of research at the Department of Social Research of the University of Helsinki, Finland.


Veni for Marieke Jepma and Bart Verkuil

Psychologists Marieke Jepma and Bart Verkuil have been awarded Veni grants by NWO. They are among the 15 promising research talents from Leiden University who will receive the grant this year.


Naomi Ellemers elected to British Academy

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology Naomi Ellemers has been elected to the British Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences as Corresponding Fellow. Ellemers: 'It’s a real honour, and I’m very pleased.'


The role of insults in an honour culture

People from an ‘honour culture’ often respond more aggressively to insults and provocations than those from a ‘dignity culture’. Saïd Shafa examined the underlying mechanisms and discovered how such responses can be avoided. PhD Defence 26 June.


Master's agenda Psychology

Have you applied for a master's programme Psychology in Leiden? Please visit the master's introduction and course enrolment day on 28 August 2014. Check the master's agenda until 2016.


Agenda colloquia and Sylvius lectures

June 25 Moritz Daum, Universität Zürich. Check regularly the agenda with discussion meetings for students and staff of the Institute of Psychology on a broad range of psychology topics.


Science day Psychology 2014

Science day Psychology is devoted to the research carried out by our Honours Bachelor students and our Research Master students. On 3 July, there was ample opportunity not only to listen to students, but also to discuss the research they have set out to conduct. Watch Facebook Leiden Psychology for the scientific atmosphere.


Persuasive communication has pitfalls

Industrial organisations often use communication to convince the public of their good intentions concerning the environment, writes organisational psychologist Gerdien de Vries in her dissertation. But this strategy has some pitfalls. Dissertation defence on 18 June.


The E-Primer

Leiden University Press recently published the first introduction book to E-Prime. E-Prime is a software package frequently used for designing, developing and running custom psychological experiments. Aimed at students and researchers alike, The E-Primer provides a much needed, down-to-earth introduction into a wide range of experiments that can be set up using E-Prime.


You can think too much

People can think too much about their capabilities. Once you've mastered something, it's not a good idea to spend too much time thinking about it. Leiden cognitive psychologists Bruno Bocanegra and Bernhard Hommel have published an article on the subject in Psychological Science.


Does Ehealth therapy work for physical conditions?

Can online treatment benefit patients with chronic physical disorders? Cognitive behavioural therapy via internet has been shown to be effective. Health psychologist Sylvia van Beugen writes in the 'Journal of Medical Internet Research' about the effects of Ehealth therapy for physical disorders.


Do placebos help against itching?

If a pill containing no active ingredients still helps, this positive expectation is called a placebo effect. A negative expectation is called a nocebo effect. Both can be produced by verbal suggestions and conditioning. According to Andrea Evers’ research group, combining these is the most promising approach to itching.


Better memory at ideal temperature

People’s working memory functions better if they are working in an ambient temperature where they feel most comfortable. That is what Leiden psychologists Lorenza Colzato and Roberta Sellaro conclude after having conducted research. They are publishing their findings in Psychological Research.