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Visit the Experience Day 6th of April

Study Information

Experience Day Psychology

6 April 2018
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.

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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. 

Programme for the day:

09:30-10:10 General presentation about IBP.

10:15-11:00 Lecture. You can choose between:

  • English lecture: Social mindfulness: being (pro-)social is easier than you think!
  • English lecture: 999 resolutions...999 excuses not to persevere?
  • Dutch lecture: De weg kwijt...verdwalen bekeken vanuit de Neuropsychologie
  • Dutch lecture: Keuzes maken: best lastig

11:00-12:30 Information market and snacks in the central hall of the Faculty Building.

11:00-11:45 / 11:45-12:30 You can participate in a workgroup about the lecture you just had.

12:30-13:15 Psychology panel. Listen to (former) students telling about their experiences studying Psychology. You can ask them all of your questions!

Lectures & assignments

Adjusting your behaviour to others, why would you do that? And how? One of the big questions in social psychology is how, when and why people work together; or why they often - in technical terms - show prosocial behavior. It’s not as obvious as it seems, because people not always have the same interests as each other. What is good for one person certainly does not have to be good for the other. Conflicting interests make coordination and consultation essential, and may even lead to conflicts. There are many ways to come to consensus, but most of them require time and investment. In this lecture we will look specifically at how this new concept of social mindfulness can contribute to smoother social traffic. Seeing and acknowledging other people’s needs takes very little effort - but this little gesture has a big impact. Even on our bike, as we will be discussing.

Homework assignment: The link below leads to a task that we often use in this context: https://leidenuniv.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bK6XWIcbx6tJHqB

Perform this task on a PC or tablet preferably (and not on your mobile). What do you think we want to measure with it, and how does this work? Please take your answer to the lecture, we will be further discussing it there.

Spending a night in the pub and taking your exam in the morning. Finding your package of cigarettes between the pile of empty pizza boxes in the kitchen. Drinking a bottle of rosé on the beach after a long day of work ...

Ask any person you want what he or he thinks is important in life and chances are that they will answer 'being happy and healthy'. Yet we do so many things that aren’t beneficial to our health: we work too hard, we eat too much and work out too little.

Changing our behavior and learning new habits is often quite difficult. Research shows that a quarter of people give up on their good intentions within a week. Only 20% of people who try to change a bad habit will eventually keep this up. How successful are you in achieving your good resolutions?

In addition to the topics of motivation and behavioral change, in this lecture we will also discuss the treatment and counseling of chronically ill people, as this is part of what health and medical psychologists do in practice.

Homework assignment: Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqbAsr6wN_I

This video is about changing behavior. Think of a behaviour you were able to consciously change, such as:

  • Going to school every day by bike instead of by bus;
  • Drinking sodas only on the weekends;
  • Taking sandwiches from home instead of buying snacks from school

Take this concrete situation into mind and then try to answer the following two questions:

  1. What helped you to continue behaving in this new way?
  2. What made if difficult to keep up with the new behavior?

We kennen allemaal het gevoel wel, je bent op vakantie en hebt op Google Maps gekeken hoe je naar je hotel moet lopen en de aanwijzingen opgeschreven. Maar eenmaal onderweg weet je niet meer hoe je verder moet. In dit college bespreken we het fenomeen verdwalen en kijken we naar de rol die neuropsychologie kan spelen hierbij. Zowel diagnostiek, gevolgen en mogelijke behandeling van verdwalen passeert de revue. Ook zien we hoe recente technologische ontwikkelingen, zoals virtual reality brillen een rol kunnen spelen.

Opdracht: Kijk volgend filmpje: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEqFrCYiSEQ

"De klassieke verzorgingsstaat verandert langzaam maar zeker in een participatiesamenleving. Van iedereen die dat kan, wordt gevraagd verantwoordelijkheid te nemen voor zijn of haar eigen leven en omgeving.” Dit zei koning Willem-Alexander in zijn eerste troonrede. Dit houdt in dat er van ons als burgers steeds meer verwacht wordt dat we zelf keuzes maken. En keuzes maken dat is best wel lastig.

In dit college wordt ingegaan op twee manieren waarop we keuzes maken: een snelle, intuïtieve manier en een langzame, weloverwogen manier. Beide zijn uitermate praktisch, maar kunnen - zonder dat we het doorhebben – ook leiden tot keuzes die irrationeel zijn.

Volg onderstaande link om de TED talk van Dan Ariely over het maken van keuzes: https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_asks_are_we_in_control_of_our_own_decision?

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