The Board of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences invites you to attend the Faculty's traditional New Year's Reception, to be held in the Central Hall of the Pieter de la Court Building starting at 16:00 pm on Tuesday 5 January, 2016.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has become a lot healthier, thanks to the first Healthy Faculty event on 29 and 30 October, 2015. Health Psychology master’s students organized workshops for both students and staff. Many of them attended these inspiring workshops and already put the gained knowledge into practice.
Why are so many refugees knocking at the doors of Europe? What to make of Europe's—or rather: the various European countries'—response to this challenge? These urgent questions will be addressed in the public panel discussion 'After Alan Kurdi: Understanding the Refugee Crisis in Europe'. Leiden University's Institute of Political Science has invited four speakers to explore the current crisis. You are welcome to join them on Tuesday 1 December 2015, from 15:15 to 17:00.
On Friday 27 November, 2015 the Central and East European Studies Center hosts a seminar entitled 'Corporate State Capture in Open Societies: The Emergence of Corporate Brokerage Parties'. The speaker is Abby Innes, a political economist from the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Carolien Rieffe is appointed an Honorary Professor at the prestigious UCL Institute of Education, University of London. Rieffe already holds a professorship, Social and Emotional Development, at Developmental Psychology, Leiden University. This new appointment strengthens the existing bond between Leiden University and UCL and provides unique opportunities for collaborative research projects.
Leiden political scientists Yvonne Kleistra and Niels van Willigen have advised the United States State Department as to how to evaluate its foreign policy. Point of departure was a scientific model that Kleistra and Van Willigen have developed on the basis of their work for the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry. A nice example of how political science integrates theory and practice.
Sarah de Rijcke and Paul Wouters (CWTS) are partners in a new European consortium: Knowledge in science and policy.
Dr. Sarah de Rijcke is 1 of 5 new members of Science in Transition. Science in Transition is a Dutch initiative in which an interdisciplinary group of scientists address the current state of the higher education system.
How do practice and theory reinforce one another in neuroscience? Professor Birte Forstmann’s inaugural lecture on 2 October will be about building interdisciplinary bridges between cognitive neuroscience and cognitive models. Her approach may lead to brain research with fewer side-effects for patients.
Fathers and mothers bring children up differently. Mothers are more likely to correct children for bad behaviour, for example. This is one of the findings of PhD research by Liesbeth Hallers-Haalboom. PhD defence 7 October.
'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record', Jan Erk's (Leiden University Institute of Political Science) open online course is open again. After a very succesful run last Summer, Coursera now offers the course on-demand, with a flexible schedule.
Jojanneke van der Toorn has been proclaimed the young and promising researcher of 2015. At the official opening of the academic year on 31 August she was awarded the Gratama Science Award for emerging talent.
Two Leiden researchers of the Institute of Psychology have been given the opportunity to realise their research plans for the coming three years thanks to a Veni grant from the Netherlands organisation for scientific research. Hanneke Hendriks is researcher in the field of Social and organisational psychology and Antoinette van Laarhoven in Health and medical psychology.
Cathelijn Waaijer (CWTS) was awarded the 2015 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award at the 15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference at istanbul last month.
Lotte Melenhorst, PhD candidate at Leiden University's Institute of Political Science, has been granted a Top Student Award by the International Communication Association's (ICA) Political Communication Panel for her paper on the role of the media in the legislative process. This was announced in May 2015, during the 65th Annual ICA Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
When focussing attention, the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and acetylcholine play an important role. This new finding made by psychologist Stephen Brown provides clues for further research on how focussed attention comes about. Dissertation defence on 16 June.
Leiden University is in 52nd place in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015, making it the highest-scoring Dutch University. Last year Leiden was in 53rd place. There are six Dutch universities and 37 European universities in the top 100.
What is federalism; what are the implications of decentralisation? Do federalism and decentralisation contribute to democratisation, governance, and diversity? Virtually all African countries south of the Sahara are now either federal or decentralised—but how do their systems of governance perform? These questions will be addressed in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record'. Enrollment for this free course is open; the MOOC starts on 8 June 2015 and will run for six weeks.
Hearing stories read aloud stimulates language development in all babies from the age of 8 months, but in particular in temperamental babies. This is a finding of Leiden education specialist Heleen van den Berg in her doctoral thesis. PhD defence 19 May.
Stimulating drugs, such as khat and cocaine, have a negative impact on everyday activities such as driving a car and working, as well as on social behaviour. That’s because these drugs seriously damage control centres in a user’s brain. Psychologist Manuel Ruiz’s research aims to increase understanding, and improve treatment, of drug addiction. His PhD defence at both Leiden University and the University of Granada took place on May 12.