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Visit the Experience Day of Psychology

Study Information

Experience Day Psychology

24 November 2017
Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Are you interested in the International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden, but not yet sure what’s it all about? Do you want to talk to students or visit a lecture? Come to the Experience Day in Leiden and find an answer to all of your questions. This is the perfect opportunity for international and Dutch students to experience the city, the Faculty and the study.

Spend a day as a real student

During the Experience Day you will be able to follow a sample lecture and a work group, visit the Information Market and talk to (former) students and teachers. You are able to participate both in Dutch and English spoken lectures and workgroups and see for yourself in what language the programme fits you better. 

Just like a real student, you are supposed to come prepared to the lectures. In order to do so, check the assignments below.

Programme for the day:

11:15-11:55 General presentation about IBP

12:00-12:40 Lecture 1. You can choose between:

  • Dutch lecture: Als de experts het eens blijken te zijn.. dieet en depressie
  • English lecture: The Adolescent Brain
  • English lecture: Are women more depressive than men?

12:40-13:45 Information market on the 2nd floor of the Faculty Building

13:20-14:30 Choose if you want to listen or not to students telling about their experiences studying Psychology (if you would like to participate in a workgroup as well, please sign up for panel round 1):

  • 13:20-13:40 panel round 1
  • 13:45-14:05 panel round 2
  • 14:10-14:30 panel round 3

13:50-14:30 Choose if you want to participate or not in a workgroup about the lecture you just had.

14:35-15:15 Lecture 2. You can choose between:

  • English lecture: In love with a robot
  • English lecture: When the experts agree.. diet and depression
  • Dutch lecture: Het puberbrein
  • Dutch lecture: Zijn vrouwen depressiever dan mannen?

Lectures and assignments

Sample lecture by dr. Sabine Peters

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Adolescents are known for their impulsive and risky behavior. Why do teenagers drink so much? Why do most addictions and other psychiatric disorders start in adolescence? These and other questions are currently being investigated by scientists using new and exciting neuroimaging techniques. An important finding so far is that the ‘rational’ brain regions develop for a lot longer than previously thought, until around the age of 22. Also, the brains of adolescents are more sensitive to rewards compared to children and adults. In this lecture, we will focus further on the results from neuroimaging research and explore the relevance for risk taking in daily life.


Watch this video and try to think about why you think that teenagers, as compared to other ages, are prone to risk taking behavior.


Sample lecture by dr. Marc Molendijk

Clinical Psychology

The idea exists, also among scientific experts, that "… diet and nutrition should be regarded as central determinants of mental health …”. We believe that this idea is not correct and will present you the data that underlies our belief.

“When the experts are agreed, the opposite opinion cannot be held to be certain”

Bertrand Russell [1921]


Read the article Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry.

Sample lecture by dr. Roy de Kleijn         

Cognitive Psychology

Robots are no longer just manufacturing cars and being sent to far away planets. A new type of robot, the humanoid robot, is getting more and more advanced and human-like. Robots like this will be able to perform household tasks such as cleaning and cooking. This development has many implications: in the future there will be far more interaction between robots and humans. As we all know, extensive interaction with someone can lead you to fall in love with that person. But as we interact more and more with robots, will we be able to fall in love with them as well?


In preparation for this lecture, have a look at the following video  

“Loving a Sex Robot: Insanity or reality?” www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmN38P-HWOM

Sample lecture by dr. Peter de Heus

Methodology & Statistics of Psychology

Psychology contains a large part of statistics in its curriculum. Why is this necessary? Durin this lecture you will discuss the role of statistics in answering important psychological questions, using the example of gender differences in depression.

To know if women are more depressive than me, we should be able to do 3 things: (1) We have to be able to measure depression (psychometrics). (2) We have to determine the mean level of depression in men and women  (narrative statistics). (3) And we have to make sure if it is plausible that differences that may exist between groups of males and females are real or happened by coincidence (experimental statistics).


Watch this video to look at the role of statistics in scientific research: http://www.gapminder.org/videos/200-years-that-changed-the-world-bbc/

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