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Brenda de Groot


B. de Groot
+31 71 527 2727

Brenda de Groot is a teacher at the Institute of Psychology, and assistant coordinator of the course Consciousness. She currently also conducts a study on the perception and evaluation of the moral status of animals, in cooperation with Dr. Mariska Kret. •

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Brenda aims to contribute to the growing acknowledgement and understanding of animal sentience, animal cognition, and the moral standing of non-human animals in both the academic world and society at large. She graduated cum laude in both her BSc Psychology (Hons) at the University of Amsterdam and her MSc Primate Conservation at the Oxford Brookes University. Brenda has a passion for animal minds and animal ethics, which translates itself into the following research interests: cognitive ethology, animal cognition and consciousness, primate behavioural ecology and the psychology of speciesism. Her ultimate aim is to unite animal ethics and science, and help change the dominant anthropocentric world view into a sentiocentric one - one in which we acknowledge the moral standing of all sentient beings with whom we share our planet.


Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (2015)
PSGB Conservation Grant Award (2014)
Born Free Foundation Small Grant (2014)
Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (2014)


                • Academic Skills Tutorial
                • Workgroups History of Psychology
                • Workgroups Psychology & Science
                • Workgroups Consciousness, theme: Evolution of Consciousness


Relevant links

LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendadegroot/
Research Gate:   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brenda_De_Groot
Website:   www.brendadegroot.com


  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Cognitieve Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden



  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Project Assistant Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI)
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