The undisputed science diva of 2017 is the ‘professor of adolescent studies’ Eveline Crone. She was awarded a Spinoza Prize, won two awards from NWO and was appointed to three scientific societies, including the European Research Council. Dutch monthly magazine OPZIJ also voted her the most influential female scientist in the Netherlands.
A new health programme will reward patients with - or at risk of developing - cardio-vascular diseases for keeping to a healthy lifestyle. A research group including psychologist Andrea Evers has been awarded 2.5 million euros by the Dutch Heart Foundation and the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport; Read more Professor Andrea Evers also received the prestigious NWO VICI in 2017. Read more
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has chosen Prof. Dr. Lisa Cheng as a member.The prominent members of KNAW, are chosen on their academic and scientific achievements and the membership is for life.
The KHMW (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen) has decided to grant the Keetje Hodshon Prijs voor Taalwetenschappen to LUCL’s Jurriaan Witteman for his 2014 dissertation titled Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of Prosody Perception and its Modulation by Alexithymia. Watch this (in Dutch)
Onno Meijer was awarded a grant of the Dutch Brain Foundation and the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport (ZonMW). Corticosteroids (medicines that suppress inflammation or swelling) often cause psychological side effects, such as sleep problems and depression. With this grant researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center and colleagues are going to investigate how they can prevent these side effects.
In his PhD defense entitled Control of complex actions in humans and robots, Roy de Kleijn discusses how to develop;computational models of cognition for use in robotic systems as part of the EU-funded research project; RoboHow.Cog: Web-enabled and experience-based cognitive robots that learn complex everyday manipulation tasks.
Publication in Nature Communications by Sabine Peters; The brains of adolescents react more responsively to receiving rewards. This can lead to risky behaviour, but, according to research of Sabine Peters, it also has a positive function: it makes learning easier. Peters, S., & Crone, E. A. (2017). Increased striatal activity in adolescence benefits learning. Nature communications, 8(1), 1983.
Evin Aktar received a Rubican Grant. With this grant she will conduct research at Penn State University's Cognitive Affect and Temperament Lab. She will investigate how verbal information from parents affects the physiology, thoughts and behaviour of children in social situations. She will also study what role the child's temperament plays here.