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.

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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Men are not better than women at navigating, although they t…

13-09-2018

Last year, more than 8,000 respondents in the Netherlands took part in a public survey on their navigation behaviour. Headed by neuroscientist Ineke van der Ham from Leiden University, as...

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Veni subsidies for sixteen Leiden researchers

16-08-2018

Sixteen researchers at Leiden University have received a Veni award from the Netherlands Organisation for Academic Research (NWO). This award offers promising young researchers the opportunity to further develop their...

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Pupil size of discussion partners reflects trust

19-07-2018

During eye contact, people tend to mirror the pupil size of the person they are conversing with. This social mechanism is related to the trust an individual has in the...

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NWO VIDI awarded to Mariska Kret

28-06-2018

Next year April, a new research project starts, investigating emotion processing and trust formation deficits in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD). Kret says to feel honoured that...

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Men with migraine may have higher estrogen levels

28-06-2018

While it has been known that estrogen plays a role in migraine for women, new research shows that the female sex hormone may also play a role in migraine for...

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Spinoza prize for organisation psychologist Carsten de Dreu

28-06-2018

Leiden social and organisational psychologist Carsten de Dreu has been awarded a Spinoza Prize, the top science prize in the Netherlands. We talked to him about his passion for group...

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Right brain also important for learning a new language

05-04-2018

Novel language learning activates different neural processes than was previously thought. A Leiden research team has discovered parallel but separate contributions from the hippocampus and Broca's area, the learning centre...

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