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Experience Day Psychology

Thursday 28 November 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 a sample lecture and a work group, visit the Information Market and talk to (former) students and teachers. You are able to participate in a lecture and a workgroup and see for yourself what Psychology in Leiden has to offer. Before registering, take a good look at the timetable so you know what to expect.

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:

11:00-11:30 Arrival and walk-in 

11:30-12:45 - General presentation and student panel about International Bachelor in Psychology:

13:30-14:45 - Information market on the 2nd floor of the Faculty Building

12:45-13:30 - Lecture round 1:

  • English lecture: The Adolescent Brain

14:00-14:45 - Workgroup about the lecture you just had.

14:45-15:30 - Lecture round 2:

  • English lecture: Slave to our emotions and habits

Lectures and homework

English 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 behaviour.


English lecture 

Clinical Psychology

As intelligent beings, we have quite some control over what we do…or maybe not? More often than we think, our behavior is guided by emotions and habits. This is well illustrated by cases when - unintended - we have been binge watching Netflix (for the millionth time); or when we have accidentally consumed a whole bag of chips.  

In this lecture, we will discuss how emotions and habits impact on our decisions; and how in extreme cases these processes contribute to psychopathology.


Read the following NY Times article about internet gaming addiction.


Spend a day as a real student

To get the real student experience, we expect students who registered to actually come and participate in the whole programme. The Experience Day for Psychology is really popular, so only register if you're certain you will be joining us!

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