Serge Rombouts, Professor of Cognitive Neuro-imaging, works at Leiden University, both at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and at the LUMC: a perfect combination of his two specialist fields. He has been awarded a Vici grant for research on early-stage dementia.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing youngsters often grow up in a hearing environment. Does this have consequences for their socio-emotional functioning? Maartje Kouwenberg (Developmental and Educational Psychology) concludes that there is no simple answer to this question. Her PhD defence was on 18 April 2013.
Leiden autism expert Carolien Rieffe discovered that children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are most definitely moved by another person’s emotions, but that they react to it differently from their more normally developing peers. This insight leads to a different type of diagnosis and treatment.
Quentin Bourgeois, Jan Dahlhaus and Kim de Jong will be going to a foreign university for one year to do research. The promising young Leiden researchers have been awarded a Rubicon grant for this purpose from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
If you want children to understand what you say, use short, simple sentences and talk about things that they can test against reality. This is the conclusion of research by cognitive psychologist Jun Lai. Defence on 26 February 2013.
We all sometimes experience anger or disappointment in reaction to undesirable situations. But what kind of effect do these emotions have if we express them in negotiations? This is the question answered in the PhD research carried out by Gert-Jan Lelieveld. Defence 29 January.
On the Leiden Psychology Blog researchers from the Leiden Institute of Psychology will look at events and trends from the perspective of their particular scientific expertise.
What are the effects of medicines and drugs on our brain and behaviour? This is the central question of the public symposium ‘Drugs and the brain’ taking place on 26 October in the Leiden Mare Church.
Cardiac patients find it difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle, even though this reduces the likelihood of a new heart attack. Health psychologist Veronica Janssen has developed a new programme that helps them here. This is demonstrated in her thesis, which she defended on Tuesday 25 September.
An overview of the Social and Behavioural Sciences PhD defences and Inaugural Lectures per calendar month.
The conference on ‘Abuse & Neglect across the Life Span’ will address both neurobiological and socio-psychological aspects of neglect and abuse. Professors Bernet Elzinga and Lenneke Alink are the organisers of the conference to be held on 5 and 6 October, in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden.
The part of the brain of adolescents that regulates impulsive and reckless behaviour does not work inadequately, as researchers previously thought. Meta-analysis of neuroscientific research on the working of the adolescent brain has shown that it is much more flexible than was realised. Professor Eveline Crone and her American colleague Professor Ron Dahl have published an article on the subject in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
Puberty hormones boost young people's social development. As social challenges are crucial for developing into adulthood, young people should be given the space they need. This is the key theme in `The social brain of adolescents´, the new book by Professor of Neurocognitive Development Psychology Eveline Crone.
We might well believe that we each have our own unique 'self' but, according to Professor Naomi Ellemers, we would be wrong. The fact that we are part of different groups has an influence on our 'self'. Wittingly or unwittingly. But what is a group? What effect do groups have on us, and what effect do we have on groups? Review in Science .
Half a year after the childbirth more than 6% of parents have shaken their baby violently in the hope that it would stop crying. Discovering how parents react to both laughing and crying babies is therefore necessary. Research carried out by Madelon Riem has demonstrated the role of the hormone oxytocin in child-parent interaction.
Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking. This is the outcome of a study by cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her fellow researchers at Leiden University, published 19 April in the open access journalist 'Frontiers in Cognition'.
The Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC) is concentrating increasingly on research into the role of the brain in language development. The institute has now set up the LIBC Language website that brings together all the information on this research.
The results of psychiatric treatment can be improved if both the therapist and the patient receive feedback on the progress of the therapy. This is the conclusion of psychologist Kim de Jong from her research on the mental healthcare sector. PhD defence 17 April.
Comparison between babies and song-birds when they are learning a non-existent language—a study of this kind has never been tried before. But this is what Claartje Levelt, Carel ten Cate (Leiden University) and Jelle Zuidema (University of Amsterdam) are attempting.
Curiosity makes people stressed. Satisfying the curiosity works as a reward and also stimulates the memory. Researchers at the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition have provided new evidence for a classical theory about human curiosity using functional MRI scans. The researchers have published an article on the subject in 'Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience'.