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Dr. M.A. (Max) van der Linden

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Psychological Methods
Photographer: Marloes de Jong

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 0.33
Postal address
  • Postbus 15906
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Science and technology are typical features of our modern society. I try to understand - using the brain as a starting point - how these eminently human activities throughout history have influenced the way we live and try to understand ourselves.


  • Bio

    Short Biography

    I studied psychology (1998) and science and technology studies (2003) at the University of Amsterdam. I have a PhD in medical history (2023) from Utrecht University. Since 1998 I have taught psychology, social sciences and psychobiology at various universities. Currently I teach and coordinate the Honours Programme Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. In addition, I write about brain science for a wider audience.

  • Publications



    • van der Linden, M., & Borsboom, D. (2019). Affluence boosted intelligence? How the interaction between cognition and environment may have produced an eighteenth-century Flynn effect during the Industrial Revolution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 42, [E211]. [details]


    • van der Linden, M. (2019). Grafische breinen: De langgekoesterde droom van een diagnostische psychoscoop. Filosofie-tijdschrift, 29(4), 18-24. [details]


    • van der Linden, M., Bosch, S., Francken, J., van Gaal, S., Manneke, A., Oosterwijk, S., & Ploeger, A. (2017). Hersenwerk: Neurowetenschappen in de 21ste eeuw. Amsterdam: Boom. [details]



    • van der Linden, M. A. (2007). breinbeleid: De ontluikende rol van de hersenwetenschappen in het overheidsbeleid. Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut.


    • van der Linden, M. A. (2006). Hersenen en gedrag: Evolutie, biologie en psychologie . Amsterdam: Boom.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • van der Linden, M. (speaker) (17-2-2020). Hersenen en bewustzijn: Van Cartesiaanse ziel tot complexe informatie, Kenniscafé, Amsterdam.
    • van der Linden, M. (speaker) (17-3-2016). The coming of the electroligarchy: Mind control and early deep brain stimulation experiments in America (1950-1977), Worlding the Brain, Amsterdam.
    • van der Linden, M. (speaker) (15-1-2016). Verleden, heden en toekomst van DBS: Therapie of gedragscontrole?, NIBI-onderwijsconferentie (Nederlands Instituut voor Biologie), Lunteren (NL).
    • van der Linden, M. (speaker) (15-11-2013). Progressieve leukotomie: Psychochirurgische behandeling van dwangstoornissen in Utrecht (1970-1977), Jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van de Sectie Geschiedenis der Neurowetenschappen van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Neurologie, Haarlem.
    • van der Linden, M. (speaker) (7-7-2007). Chronische pijn en cognitieve neurowetenschappen in een biopsychosociaal perspectief, nascholingscursus Chronische pijn en bewegingsproblemen van de Nederlandse Vereniging van Revalidatieartsen, NIjmegen.


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