People who are in love are less able to focus and to perform tasks that require attention. Researcher Henk van Steenbergen concludes this, together with colleagues from Leiden University and the University of Maryland. The article has appeared in the journal Motivation and Emotion.
Four talented students will have the opportunity to progress smoothly from their master’s study programme into a research career. Master’s students in Applied Statistics can compete for one quarter of the € 800,000 grant recently awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The students get to choose their supervisor via speed-dating.
People’s trust in others increases after eating food that contains the amino acid tryptophan, found in fish, soya, eggs and spinach. Leiden psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her colleagues at the Universities of Leiden and Münster published their findings in Psychological Science.
Oxytocin makes people feel less fearful of angry faces, but only if they are not socially anxious. Psychologists at the universities of Leiden and Nijmegen report their findings in an article in Psychological Science.
Our reflexes seem to be influenced subconsciously by the way we perceive what we see. Leiden cognitive psychologist Marnix Naber published an article on this subject in the Journal of Vision.
How do you motivate people to strive for equal opportunities? According to social psychologist Serena Does, by appealing to their sense of morality. PhD defence 14 May.
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.
Violent video games, such as First Person Shooter games, are often accused in the media of making people more aggressive. However, the question is: do these games have also positive effects for our mental processes? Could gaming be a fast, easy way to improve your memory?
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.
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.