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Experience Day Psychology

29 March 2019
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Spend a day like a real student

Are you interested in the International Bachelor in Psychology (IBP) 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 programme.

During the Experience Day you will be able to follow sample lectures and a work group, visit the Information Market and talk to (former) students and teachers. Just like a real student, you are supposed to come prepared to the lectures; you can find the homework assignments below. 

Programme for the day:

09:00-10:15 General information session and student panel about IBP.

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

  • English lecture: “Visit a new city and improve your memory”
  • English lecture: "Social mindfulness: being (pro-)social is easier than you think!"

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 Lecture. You can choose between:

  • English lecture: 999 resolutions... 999 excuses not to persevere?”
  • English lecture: "You are what you eat: food for a smarter brain?”

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Sample lectures and homework assignments:

Do you remember what you had for breakfast on September 7th, 2018? Do you remember what you had for breakfast on the first day of your last holiday trip? Chances are that you remember in a lot of detail what you did during your last vacation, but not so much from a usual day around that time of year. Why do think this is the case?

One of the reasons may be that you visited a new place during your last trip. When you visit a new place it is relevant to quickly learn where to find your next meal, but also where to expect danger. Learning to find your way is therefore important for survival. In order to make learning easier in a new environment, there is a lot happening in your brain. Research has shown that exploring a new environment can continue to have effect on your learning capabilities, even after you have returned to a familiar place. So, start exploring, and learn about what is happening in your brain when you come to this sample lecture!

 Homework assignment:

Please, fill out the following questionnaire before coming to the sample lecture:


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?

The media is incredibly focused on what food does with your body. It seems like every day there is a new ‘superfood’ that you absolutely have to eat or avoid for a six-pack…

What a lot of people forget, is that food is also very important for your brain. Indeed, you brain needs certain nutrients to keep functioning optimally. In this sample lecture we will talk about one of these nutrients and what kind of effect this nutrient has on dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is incredibly important for skills such as maintaining your focus or switching between different tasks (the famous ‘multitasking’). Can we enhance these skills through food? And can everyone benefit from this or some more than others? In this sample lecture we discuss these questions and more.

Homework assignment: read these blogs before the start of the lecture:



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