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Experience Day International Bachelor in Psychology

Wednesday 27 March 2024

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 Lecture 1: Social Mindfulness: Being (pro)social is easier than you think
14:00 - 14:35 Student panel
14:35 - 15:00 Break (coffee/tea)
15:00 - 15:35 Information meeting
15:45 - 16:20 Lecture 2: Innovations in Clinical Neuropsychology
16:20-16:30 Closing and time for questions

In this video, alumni Zeynep Cosan and 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

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 behaviour. 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 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.

Speaker: Niels van Doesum

Homework assignment

The link below leads to a task that we often use in this context. Perform this task on a PC or tablet preferably (and not on your smartphone). 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.

Link: perform the task

Clinical Neuropsychology is a relatively young scientific field with rapid developments in the theoretical and practical domain. Innovation is therefore very important to this fast-moving discipline. In this course we will discuss how (technological) innovation can contribute to the professional activities of the clinical neuropsychologist. Such developments should also be examined with a critical scientific attitude, which will also be discussed throughout the course.

Speaker: Franz Wurm

Homework assignment

To prepare for innovations, please read the section “A Brief Historical Review and Statement of the Problem” in Miller & Barr (2017): The Technology Crisis in Neuropsychology

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 27 March, please go to the Dutch Proefstuderen event page.

Register for the Psychology Experience Day!

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