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Affiliated Research Groups

Psychology Research Institute / PsyRes

  • Amodio Lab

    The Amodio Lab investigates the psychological and neural bases of social cognition and prejudice, with a focus on how social attitudes and beliefs are formed, expressed, controlled, and changed. Our broad goal is to illuminate basic mechanisms of the mind and brain while addressing critical societal problems.

    Our research is funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

  • Amsterdam Behavioral Insights Lab 

    The objective of the Amsterdam Behavioral Insights Lab (ABIL) is to create effective and lasting solutions to behavioral challenges. Firmly embedded in the University of Amsterdam’s faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the ABIL team develops, tests, and implements behavior change solutions that are built on an evidence-based understanding of human behavior and decision-making. In doing so, we work closely with partners from government and industry to enable effective translation of science-based behavioral insights to address societal challenges.

  • Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion (AICE)

    At Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion (AICE) we study emotions using a range of methods and approaches. We are based at the University of Amsterdam. Key points of focus in our research are nonverbal communication (facial and vocal signals), emotional experience, the role of language in emotions, cultural similarities and differences, and embodiment and mimicry.

    The research conducted within AICE is internationally embedded in two organizations: CERE (Consortium of European Research on Emotion) and ISRE (International Society of Research on Emotion) and AICE members generally present their research at these conferences.

  • Amsterdam Uncertainty Lab

    The Amsterdam Uncertainty Lab is situated in the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam. Our research focuses on the causes and consequences of various kinds of risk and uncertainty. Cognitions and emotions that arise as a consequence of uncertainty are examined as well as the ways in which people cope with feelings of uncertainty.

  • Conscious Brain Lab

    While you are reading these words, the electrochemical activity of billions of nerve cells is generating a conscious experience of these words: right now. But how do all those inter-connected cells in your brain do that? And related, what happens for example when a person loses consciousness, for example when falling asleep or when placed under anesthetic? Answering these questions is the ultimate intellectual challenge for members of the Conscious Brain Lab.

    We are hosted at the University of Amsterdam, department of Psychology. On our website you can find information about lab members, ongoing projects, publications and more.

  • Dutch Autism and ADHD research center

    D’ARC is an Amsterdam based research group focusing on autism and ADHD research, which is led by Hilde Geurts. They are a small group of enthusiastic researchers who study cognition and subjective well-being in children, adolescents, adults, and elderly with autism and/or ADHD.

    D'Arc is interested in disentangling the strengths and weaknesses in people with autism and/or ADHD to determine when across the life span help is needed.

  • EASI: Emotion as Social Information

    EASI lab is dedicated to the study of emotion in social life. We seek to understand how people are influenced by the emotions of others. We investigate such social effects of emotions in a wide array of settings, such as personal relationships, groups, conflict, negotiation, leadership, social hierarchy, customer service, and sports. Much of our work is inspired by Emotion as Social Information (EASI) theory.

  • Emotional Memory Lab

    The Amsterdam Emotional Memory Lab is based at the Clinical Psychology Department at the University of Amsterdam and led by Professor Merel Kindt. Our research focuses on understanding neurobiological and psychological processes underlying the development and plasticity of emotional memory. Aside from addressing fundamental questions about memory malleability, we investigate mechanisms of change in the treatment of mental disorders and contribute to treatment innovation.

    Our lab harnesses a variety of paradigms and measures including behavioural experimentation, pharmacological manipulations, physiological measures (fear potentiated startle, skin conductance, pupillometry, facial electromyography), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Furthermore, we have structural collaborations with labs conducting research in non-human animals, as well as with science practitioners working with patients suffering from emotional disorders. This allows us to bring fundamental insights from basic neuroscience to the field of mental health, while using clinical observations to test theories about memory plasticity.

  • Integrative Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit

    In our research unit, we use an integrative model-based cognitive neuroscience approach to gain a mechanistic understanding of cognitive processes such as decision-making and how they are implemented in the healthy and diseased brain.

    This is done on three different levels: the macroscopic, the mesoscopic, and the microscopic levels. The macroscopic level is measured in centimetres, the scale of large neural networks that spread across the whole brain. The mesoscopic level is measured in millimetres, which is the scale of individual cortical and subcortical nodes, and the microscopic level is measured in micro- and nanometres, which is the scale of individual neurons and neurotransmitters.

    We combine knowledge from functional neuroanatomy, mathematical/computational modelling, and the cognitive/clinical neurosciences.

  • Psychology of Science Lab

    The objective of the PsySci (Psychology of Science) Lab is to better understand what drives the gulf between scientific consensus about facts and public acceptance of those facts. Embedded in the University of Amsterdam’s faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, we study attitudes to science across topics, individuals, and countries.

  • Reach-Aut

    Er wordt veel onderzoek gedaan naar autisme. Toch is het nog te vaak zo dat de doorstroom van kennis naar de praktijk stagneert. Reach-Aut, Academische Werkplaats Autisme wil hier verandering in brengen. Reach-Aut richt zich op onderzoek in de gehele levensloop en haakt hiermee in op het advies van de Gezondheidsraad over kennisinfrastructuur.

    De kracht van zorgvragers met autisme en naastbetrokkenen wordt door het realiseren van een duurzame verbinding van wetenschap en praktijk en het delen en verspreiden van kennis versterkt. Zo kunnen zij rekenen op een goede kwaliteit van leven en participatie in de maatschappij die bij hen past. Belangenverenigingen PAS en NVA zijn structureel verbonden aan alle (deelprojecten). De expertise van ervaringsdeskundigen wordt hiermee geborgd en benut. 

  • Senior Minds

    Met SeniorMinds wil de Universiteit van Amsterdam de opgebouwde kennis over cognitieve veroudering toepassen in de maatschappij, deels gekoppeld aan nieuwe onderzoeksprojecten. Een online instrument voor het meten van de cognitie of lifestyle, bijvoorbeeld, levert voor een individuele medewerker relevante informatie op. Door het analyseren van de data kunnen we verschillende patronen in kaart brengen waarmee steeds betere adviezen kunnen worden gegeven voor interventie of preventie.


  • Visual Brain Group

    In the Netherlands, every year more than 45,000 people suffer a first-ever stroke, resulting in large numbers of patients with chronic disabilities. The Visual Brain Group proposes to build a prediction machine, based on clinical data and advanced neuroimaging data that will help clinicians to predict long-term outcome in an efficient and reliable manner.

    Stroke refers to a sudden incident (bleeding or blockage) in the blood circulation of the brain, resulting in nerve cell death and subsequent loss of neurological function. In the Netherlands, every year more than 45,000 people suffer a first-ever stroke, resulting in large numbers of patients with chronic disabilities. We propose to build a prediction machine, based on clinical data and advanced neuroimaging data that will help clinicians to predict long-term outcome in an efficient and reliable manner.

    This is important as about half of the patients that are discharged home will later present with problems in everyday life due to cognitive (e.g. memory, attention) or emotional (post-stroke depression) problems. An early diagnosis provides a window of opportunity for early remedial action, such as dedicated rehabilitation procedures for memory problems.