brainBrain function and dysfunction over the lifespan

The brain is our most complex organ, and makes us into the functioning beings that we are. It is extraordinary powerful and resilient, yet also vulnerable. We can see this is as the population is ageing, and emotional tolls and stress are increasing. We also see it in the developing child as problems with language development or pervasive disorders arise. And we are now better than ever able to see and measure what happens in the brain. 

This research profile area brings together the cognitive and the biomedical neurosciences in a unique multidisciplinary setting, studying brain function and dysfunction in the developing brain, the adult brain and the ageing brain. The underlying belief is that anyone wanting to know why something in the brain goes wrong first has to know what normal brains look like and how they function. We study subjects ranging from language processing to cognitive robotics, and from migraine to psychiatric disorders and neuro-pharmacology. 

In combination with an interdisciplinary approach, (MRI) technology develpment is the main motor behind brain and cognitive research. A 7 Tesla ultra high field MRI scanner is located in the C.J. Gorter Centre for High Field MRI, a joint initiative of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Faculty of Science. The university and the LUMC also have excellent research facilties for EEG, image processing, neurobiological research and behavioural experiments, patient research, neurocognitive modelling, drug research, molecualr imaging and data processing.

Sugars or sweeteners?

06-06-2019

  Are you craving something sweet? You better take a regular coke than a cola light. Your brain responds beter to sugars than to sweeteners. That is the conclusion of researcher...

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What obesity does to your brain

25-04-2019

  A study that collected MRI scans of thousands of people of different sizes found those carrying dangerous amounts of weight have 'smaller volumes of important structures of the brain'. The...

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Hearing the sound of your own voice - why so different?

11-04-2019

Have you ever heard a recording of your own voice and thought: is that really my voice? If so, you are not the only one. How can it be though...

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A special headset to help you sleep better - dream or realit…

07-03-2019

Een speciale headset die via elektrodes je hersenen helpt ‘herprogrammeren’. Zo'n ‘slaapmuts’ kan volgens onderzoeksinstituut Brainclinics in Nijmegen een simpele oplossing bieden bij slaapproblemen. A special headset that helps your brain...

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What do you choose: stairs or escalator?

07-03-2019

Knowing that something is the healthiest choice, doesn't always mean that you actually make that choice. What are our decisions based on? That's what researchers of the Leiden Institute of...

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Can snow be a trigger for migraine?

21-02-2019

  What triggers a migraine attack? Can migraine be triggered by weather changes? Or by bright sunlight reflected from snow? Those questions were answered by neurology professor Michael Ferrari of Leiden University in the NRC's...

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The effect of music on our brain

10-01-2019

  30 November 2018 a symposium about music in relation to the brain was held, rganized by the Leiden Insititue of Brain and Cognition and the town of Leiden. A lot of interesting...

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Lotte van Dillen starts the European collaborative project W…

22-11-2018

Lotte van Dillen has been awarded a NWO funding for a research project in collaboration with Wilhelm Hofmann of the University of Cologne and Henk van Steenbergen of Leiden University...

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Train your inner TomTom

22-11-2018

People with acquired brain damage often have difficulty navigating. Neuropsychologist Ineke van der Ham has developed a training for these people so that they can improve their navigation skills. People...

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