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About the institute

Psychology Research Institute / PSYRES

The research carried out in the Psychology Research Institute is strongly oriented towards an empirical approach of the major themes in psychology. Research predominantly focuses on processes underlying various forms of normal and abnormal human behavior.

This long-standing research orientation is characteristic of the teaching programmes offered by the College and Graduate School of Psychology. Our research programs seek to answer research questions related to basic processes of human functioning, but also address issues in more applied contexts. 

One of the consequences of this research orientation is the need for adequate methodological and technical facilities. Therefore, substantial financial efforts are invested in maintaining and upgrading the extensive laboratory infra-structure of the Institute. A major advantage of this up-to-date infra-structure is the attraction on other research groups, inside and outside the Institute. In this way intra- and interdisciplinary cross-links already have been established and still are developing between our research programmes and those of (neuro-) biology, medicine, environmental sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

The high quality of research conducted at our Research Institute is reflected in the high rankings in the QS World rankings for Psychology (2020, 15th) and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (2020, 14th) and the fact that in 2020, 19 professors from our department were listed in the top 2% of most influential scientists in the world, across all scientific disciplines.


Prof. F. (Frenk) van Harreveld

Scientific Director

Prof. dr. A.R. (Arnoud) Arntz

Department Chair

Drs. J.J.W. (Joost) van der Meer