5 January, 2016: New Year's Reception

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.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, a Healthy Faculty

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.

1 December, 2015: Public panel discussion 'Understanding the Refugee Crisis in Europe'

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.

Carolien Rieffe appointed Honorary Professor at University College London

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 advise US diplomats

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.

Interdisciplinary approach benefits brain research

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.

'Just wait until your mother gets home’

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.

Back by popular demand: MOOC on African federalism

'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.

2 Veni grants awarded to Leiden Psychology researchers

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.

Lotte Melenhorst wins ICA Top Student Award

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.

The brain on alert

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.

MOOC: 'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record'

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.

A PhD from two universities on drug abuse

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.