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The Psychology Research Institute has six programme groups which concentrate on a wide variety of topics. These groups have an overall orientation towards basic, quantitative and experimental research.
  • Brain and Cognition

    The goal of the Brain and Cognition programme is to obtain a better understanding of the nature of human cognition and its neural basis.

    The Brain and Cognition programme emphasizes theory development, attempts to base explanations for cognitive phenomena on neurobiological principles, and has a focus on using cognitive research to understand clinical findings. Below is a short introductory video about the history of research on understanding the human brain and consciousness. 

    Understanding Consciousness | Social & Behavioural Sciences | University of Amsterdam
    Understanding Consciousness | Social & Behavioural Sciences | University of Amsterdam
    Understanding Consciousness

    For centuries scientists have tried to understand the working of the brain and what being conscious means, paving the way to our brain research of today. Let us take you through the history of understanding consciousness to where we are now. This animated movie takes you to important moments in the history of research on understanding the human brain and consciousness, to end at our current work at the University of Amsterdam.

  • Clinical Psychology

    The mission of the Clinical Psychology programme is to conduct fundamental research using methods and models from basic psychology to investigate psychopathology, and to run trials to inform clinical practice. 

  • Developmental Psychology

    The Developmental Psychology programme studies typical and a-typical cognitive development across the life-span: from infancy to senescence.

  • Psychological Methods

    The mission of the Psychological Methods programme group is to improve psychological science in two ways: by developing research methodology and by contributing novel psychological theory. Our cross-cutting vision is that these two strands of science are intertwined: Good substantive theories can be represented in mathematical form, and because formalized substantive theories are closely connected to statistical models, developing methodology goes hand in hand with developing theory. The simultaneous development of novel substantive theories and methodologies suited to test them defines the unique and internationally acclaimed focus of our group.

  • Social Psychology

    The Social Psychology Programme is dedicated to studying human beings in their social context, investigating the cognitive, affective, and motivational processes underlying social behaviour.

  • Work and Organizational Psychology

    In today’s world of rapid changes due to economic and labour market pressures it is vital to understand how people manage their careers, regulate professional learning and development, and work together to produce creative ideas, and to jointly achieve high quality decisions. The research group “Individuals and Groups at Work” (IGW) deals with issues of cognitive as well affective adaptation and regulation in changing organizational contexts.