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Affiliated Research Groups

Psychology Research Institute

  • 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.

     

  • The 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. 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.

    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.

  • Cognition & Plasticity Lab

    The research in the Cognition and Plasticity laboratory focuses on how the brain pays attention and ways to enhance attention. Attention, the ability to selective focus on some aspects of the environment, is critical for performance in many situations, from paying attention in the classroom, to remembering important information, to safely driving a car.

    Attention not only helps us focus on important information, but also provides a foundation for all other cognitive functions; it plays a crucial role in selecting information for maintenance in memory, and provides an important gateway to consciousness.

    The research comprises two related lines of research. The first focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying attention and the relationship between attention and related cognitive functions. The second major line of research concerns the extent to which the ability to pay attention can be improved by training attention (through meditation) or using electrical brain stimulation. The overall aim is to better understand the (brain) processes that allow people to excel at certain behaviors, and how these processes can be facilitated. Our broad methodological repertoire includes EEG, fMRI, tDCS and behavioral testing.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • The 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.

  • 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.

  • Religion Cognition & Behavior Lab

    Our research focusses on the psychological and neurocognitive mechanisms involved in supernatural beliefs, religious experiences and related phenomena. As we highly value openness and integrity in science, we aim to report publications as well as our unpublished findings. Moreover, we encourage discussion about both methodological and theoretical concerns and invite everyone to join the discussion forum.

  • AICE: Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion (AICE)

    At 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.