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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.


Study association Labyrint

16 december: Icie lecture artificial intelligence and social robots. 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 on 29 January 2015. Check the master's agenda until 2016.


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.


Experience Day International Bachelor in Psychology

28 November we welcome you to our Experience Day International Bachelor in Psychology (IBP) to talk to students and visit a lecture and a tutorial. Learn more about the programme of the International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden and find an answer to all your questions.


Diversity Symposium 2014: ‘Excellence through diversity’

What contribution can diversity and inclusiveness make to research and education, and to the University as an organisation? Leiden University administrators, staff and students will discuss this issue on 11 November 2014. There will be inspiring speakers from home and abroad, a dinner and workshops. The winner of the Van Bergen Prize will also be announced. You are very welcome to attend!


Research grant for combining volunteer aid with a paid job

How to combine volunteer aid with a paid job? Organisational psychologist dr. Edwin Boezeman will study the effect of combining with a grant for a two year project which is financed by the Institute GAK. Goal of the project is to develop and evaluate an E-selfhelp course.


Did fruit contribute to Apple’s success?

Steve Jobs swore by a fruit diet, as he believed it improved his ideas. And he wasn’t wrong: food with high levels of tyrosine, like bananas, peaches and almonds, allow us to think harder and more creatively. Leiden cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato published an article on the subject on 26 September in Psychological Research.


Schadenfreude: Understanding Pleasure at the Misfortune of Others

Leiden psychologist Wilco van Dijk and communication scientist Jaap Ouwerkerk of VU University Amsterdam published a book about the emotion Schadenfreude. The authors describe what the emotion Schadenfreude really is, when people experience the emotion, and what role it plays in social relations.