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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.


Study association Labyrint

6 March 2015: Congress 'the psychology of temptation’; 10 March: Trip to the Humanity House in The Hague. 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.


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. Check the master's agenda until 2016.


4 Vici awards for Leiden researchers

Four Leiden researchers have been awarded a Vici as part of NWO's Innovation Research Incentives scheme. They each have 1.5 million euros to set up a research group and employ PhD candidates.


Come to the Master’s Information Day this Friday

Do you already know what Master’s you want to do, or not? Come the Master’s Information Day this Friday and discover what Leiden has to offer. Leiden University has over 70 master’s programmes, with about 200 specialisations in Leiden and The Hague to choose from. Don't forget to register first!


Children already capable of self-control at an early age

Children learn how to control and slow down their own behaviour at an early age. This important skill initially requires a lot of brain activity, but becomes more and more efficient as they grow older and become adolescents, concludes PhD candidate Margot Schel.


Institute of Psychology Awards 2014

Bruno Bocanegra is the lecturer of the year 2014. Manon Schutter and Mara van der Meulen write the best master's theses. Rudy van den Brink receives the PhD Award. Jiska Peper: Leiden Psychology Blog Award.


Charitable donating through food

People’s willingness to donate money to a charity increases after eating food that contains the amino acid tryptophan, found in fish, soya, eggs and spinach. Leiden psychologists Laura Steenbergen and Lorenza Colzato published their findings in Frontiers in Psychology.


Rights of the Child: better a good neighbour than a far-away friend

Regional organisations are better able to enforce compliance with children's rights than the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child with its limited powers. This is why we should embrace these organisations as our partners in the same fight, Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of the Rights of the Child in Developing Countries, argued in her inaugural lecture on 17 November.


These professors also stood up for their Jewish colleagues

With his speech in protest against the sacking of his Jewish colleague, Rudolph Cleveringa, Dean of the Faculty of Law, became the foremost symbol for Leiden’s resistance against the Nazis. But there are also other brave professors who should not be forgotten: what are the stories of Ben Telders, Ton Barge and Lambertus van Holk?


Depressed and angry: watch out!

People who are angry as well as depressed warrant additional attention and should possibly be offered more critical treatment. This particular combination may indicate a high-risk complex of symptoms, neuro-psychologist Floor Verhoeven discovered. PhD defence 6 November.


Closer cooperation between scientific disciplines is the key to improving healthcare

Conventional health care still isn’t utilising mankind’s full potential to improve our health. Collaboration with other disciplines, like psychology, is not receiving the attention it should, even though psychological factors partly determine  whether or not treatments will be effective. Professor of Health Psychology Andrea Evers is therefore calling for the total implementation of Human Potential.