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LUF grants for six Leiden psychologists

LUF grants for research projects have been awarded to Liesbeth van Vliet, Michiel Claessen, Anna van Duijvenvoorde, Laura Steenbergen, Kim de Jong and Franziska Richter. Each of these Leiden University scientists receive an amount between € 17.500 and € 25.000 to realise their scientific plans.

LUF laureates 2019 - Psychology

  • Michiel Claessen, Anna van Duijvenvoorde and Laura Steenbergen: Gratama Stichting/LUF for all fields of science, in particular for projects with a positive societal impact
  • Liesbeth van Vliet: LUF general
  • Kim de Jong ans Franziska Richter: Elise Mathilde Fund/LUF for all fields of science

Gratama Stichting/LUF

Michiel Claessen

The Leiden Navigation Test for internationally standardized assessment of navigation ability

Anna van Duijvenvoorde presents poster Brain & Development Research Center

Anna van Duijvenvoorde

Watch me learn! Placing learning in a social context

'How can we provide young people with optimal learning experiences? An important starting point might be their friends. That is, during the teenage years peers gain importance, social influence increases, and long-term friendships form. With the LUF-Gratema grant I will be able to study the influence of the social environment on teenagers’ learning.'

'Do teenagers learn better from and with their friends? And what role in learning plays social cohesion in the classroom? This grant supports the setup of a behavioral classroom study with young people between 12-17 years. Besides scientific knowledge on teenagers’ learning, this research will result in an infographic, with the goal to communicate the insights of this study to schools and youngsters.'

Laura Steenbergen

The microbiota-gut-brain axis in preventing stress-related disorders: antibiotics, cytokine activity, and cognitive reactivity to emotion

LUF general

Liesbeth van Vliet

Hoe woorden kunnen schaden: het ontrafelen van de nocebo-effecten van communicatie met ernstig zieke kankerpatiënten

Elise Mathilde Fonds/LUF

Kim de Jong

'Verschillen tussen therapeuten verklaren'

Interpersonal therapeutic skills are an important predictor of differences in outcomes between therapists. In complex therapy situations (e.g. an angry client), therapists often experience negative emotions, which may impact their performance. Aim of the current project is to assess whether emotion regulation influences the relationship between interpersonal skills and outcomes. Therapists will view video vignettes of complex and benign therapy situations and are asked to respond to them. Their response is scored on eight interpersonal skills. Emotion regulation is measured through questionnaires and an analysis of the heart rate of the therapist. Through this study we hope to get more insight into the way in which therapists’ interpersonal skills influence treatment outcomes.

Franziska Richter next to 3D print of her brain

Franziska Richter

Integrating Experiences: How individual memories affect cognition – from decision-making to knowledge acquisition

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