Brain function and dysfunction over the lifespan
This research profile area brings together the cognitive and the biomedical neurosciences in a unique multidisciplinary setting, studying brain function and dysfunction in the developing brain, the adult brain and the ageing brain. The underlying belief is that anyone wanting to know why something in the brain goes wrong first has to know what normal brains look like and how they function.
We study subjects ranging from language processing to cognitive robotics, and from migraine to psychiatric disorders and neuro-pharmacology.
News on brain function and dysfunction
Shy parent, shy child?
Previous research has shown that extreme shyness is hereditary, but because shyness is such a broad concept it is difficult to identify specific genes...
The adolescent brain makes learning easier
The brains of adolescents react more responsively to receiving rewards. This can lead to risky behaviour, but, according to Leiden University research...
Weightless in the name of science
Laura Nijkamp’s biggest dream came true recently: she took a parabolic flight and was weightless for a moment. The BrainFly student team, which includ...
They're going on a parabolic flight - and you can go too!
Always wanted to find out what zero gravity is like? Now's your chance! In December 2017 a Dutch student team will be conducting experiments during a ...
Veni award for psychologist Barbara Braams
Developmental psychologist Barbara Braams has been awarded with a Veni funding for her research about risk behaviour in young people. This award offer...
Rebecca Schaefer on 'Learning with music can change brain structure'
Using musical cues to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain, according to a new study co-authored by Leiden psyc...
A different take on differences between men’s and women’s brains
There is greater variety in the size of men’s brains than of women’s. This could help explain why some psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and autism a...
Spinoza Prize for ‘puberty professor’ Eveline Crone
Eveline Crone, Professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology, has been awarded the NWO Spinoza Prize for her high-profile research on adolescen...
How harmful is alcohol for the adolescent brain?
Under 18, no alcohol. In spite of this slogan, adolescents still have access to alcohol. But how harmful is that one beer for the adolescent brain? R...
The importance of relating to others: why we only learn to understand other people after the age of four
When we are around four years old we suddenly start to understand that other people think and that their view of the world is often different from our...