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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.