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Experience Day International Bachelor in Psychology

Friday 14 April 2023

A day in our classroom

Are you interested in studying Psychology in Leiden, but not yet sure what it is all about? Join the Experience Day for the International Bachelor in Psychology and get a student perspective by participating in sample lectures and by walking around the faculty building. Ask your questions and find out what it's like to study Psychology in Leiden!


Psychology is a broad academic discipline consisting of various topics. To get an idea of this, you will attend two sample lectures, each on a different psychological subject. You will do a homework assignment to prepare for this. Just like for a real lecture! Moreover, you will receive information on the study itself and hear about future perspectives. Students will share their personal stories and will be ready to answer all your questions.

13:00 - 13:15 Arrival and lecture hall open
13:15 - 13:50 Student panel
14:00 - 14:35 Lecture 1: eHealth interventions for people with depression
14:35 - 15:00 Break (coffee/tea)
15:00 - 15:35 Information meeting
15:45 - 16:20 Lecture 2: Ironies of automation
16:20 - 16:45 Closing and time for questions

In this video, alumna Zeynep Cosan and student ambassador Jade Witte introduce you to the International Bachelor in Psychology programme in Leiden. Watch this video before the Experience Day and ask your questions about it in the live Q&A's.

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Sample lectures & Homework

Sanne van Luenen works as an assistant professor and project manager in the department of Clinical Psychology. Her research focuses mostly on the effectiveness of eHealth (online) interventions. During the lecture, the effectiveness of eHealth interventions for people with depression will be presented. The benefits of eHealth compared to face-to-face interventions will be discussed and examples of effective interventions will be shown.

Speaker: Sanne van Luenen

Homework assignment

Read this website to get familiar with the topic of eHealth.

Automated systems promise to change the future of transportation. Yet, Human Factors challenges need to be addressed. Already in 1983, Bainbridge stated “the more advanced a control system is, so the more crucial may be the contribution of the human operator”. This brought her to define what are known as the ironies of automation. In this brief lecture we will see how, still today, automated systems can negatively affect users’ manual, cognitive and attentional skills. Furthermore, by analyzing the information retrieved from the aircraft’s black box, we will discuss how the ironies of automation played a key role in the tragic 2009 crash of the Air France 447.

Speaker: Francesco Walker

Homework assignment

Watch this video Air France 447: Final report on what brought airliner down

Good to know

Leiden University offers the bachelor in Psychology in Dutch and English. If you prefer to participate in the Experience Day in Dutch, also on 14 April, please go to the Dutch Proefstuderen event page.

Register for the Psychology Experience Day!

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