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June 1st, iBBA Symposium: Your Brain on Sports

The institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (iBBA) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is organizing the symposium “Your brain on sports”, highlighting the latest findings in sport neuroscience. Speakers will cover the full range from scientist to practitioners to enlighten us whether neuroscience can help you perform better in sports. There will be presentations and a panel discussion, in w...
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Colloquium by Bernadette van Wijk, Thursday April 12, 16.00

Normal and abnormal oscillations in the cortico-basal ganglia network revealed by deep brain stimulation recordings Deep brain stimulation is an effective treatment for patients with advanced movement disorders. It also offers a unique opportunity to record local field potentials from basal ganglia structures in humans. I will give a brief overview of physiological and pathological neural oscil...
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Colloquium Talk by Emily Impett on May 23, 16:00, 14A-00 (main building)

Colloquium Talk by Emily Impett Date: Wednesday May 23, 16:00-17:00, room 14A-00 (main building) Speaker: Emily Impett University of Toronto, Mississauga. Title: A Prosocial Perspective on Sexuality in Relationships Satisfying sexual interactions are a crucial predictor of relationship and life satisfaction. Despite the importance of sex for relationships, couples face numerous challenges ...
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IBBA Colloquium Thursday 15th of Feb 16:00-17:00: Professor Kia Nobre

Date: 15 February 2018 Time: 16.00 - 17.00 Drinks: 17.00 - 18.00 Location: VU Main Building HG 05A00 Premembering Experience In this talk, Kia Nobre will discuss how the brain uses multiple time scales of experience to anticipate relevant events proactively and dynamically in order to facilitate the analysis and utilisation of information to guide adaptive behaviour. Oxford Cent...
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PhD defense Nils Köbis: February 16, 11:45

On Friday, February 16 2018, Nils Köbis will defend his dissertation entitled "The Social Psychology of Corruption" at 11:45 in the VU Aula (co-promoters: Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen and Dr. Francesca Righetti; promotor: Prof. Paul A.M. van Lange). Click here for more information on his dissertation defense (in Dutch). Hope to see you at the defense!
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Mariko Visserman won the RRIG Graduate Student Paper Award

Mariko Visserman won the RRIG (Relationship Researchers Interest Group) Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper titled "It's the Motive That Counts: Perceived Sacrifice Motives and Gratitude in Romantic Relationships" co-authored with Francesca Righetti, Emily Impett, Dacher Keltner, and Paul Van Lange. Congratulations Mariko!! Mariko will formally receive the award in Atlanta at the next R...
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Colloquium Talk by Geoffrey Leonardelli on November 30, 16:00, 7A-33 (main building)

Colloquium Talk by Geoffrey Leonardelli Date: November 30, 16:00-17:00, room 7A-33 (main building) Speaker: Geoffrey Leonardelli, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Title: Building a Better Understanding of “Us”: Three Kinds of Self-Categorization and Implications for Loyalty Social categorization has just about become an assumption in many theories in social psychology an...
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Faculty Junior Career Award for Dr. Junhui Wu

Junhui Wu was nominated - and actually received - the FBG Junior Career Award. This is an excellent achievement, especially in light of the fact that there are many excellent junior researchers in our faculty. Congratulations, Junhui! For more information, see: https://vunet.login.vu.nl/actual/pages/News/newsdetail.aspx?cid=tcm:165-863295-16&showTranslationError=1
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Colloquium Talk by Pranjal Mehta on November 9, 16:00, MF-G613

Colloquium Talk by Pranjal Metha Date: November 9, 16:00-17:00, room MF-G613 Speaker: Pranjal Mehta, University College London. Title: The influence of social status on stress depends on the stability of the hierarchy High-status leadership roles are theorised to reduce stress compared with subordinate roles, but higher rank is not always stress-free. In this talk, I present experimental e...
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PhD-Defense Nikki Anderson: 24th of October 13:45 Salience in the Control of Eye Movements in Natural Scenes

Salience in the Control of Eye Movements in Natural Scenes Date: 24-10-2017 Time: 13.45 Location: Auditorium Titel: Salience in the Control of Eye Movements in Natural Scenes Promotor: Prof. J. L. Theeuwes Summary: Visual acuity is highest at the point of gaze, and declines rapidly into peripheral vision. As a result, eye movements bring different parts of the visual world into...
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IBBA Lecture 12th of October 16:00: Professor Amir Amedi

Date: 12 October 2017 Time: 16.00-17.00 Drinks: 17.00-18.00 Location: VU University - TR K1B-74 Professor Amir Amedi​ is a leading neuroscientist ​ working ​on unraveling ​the ​complex balance between ​stability and flexibility ​in the organization of​ our sense ​for over 15 years. His main research interest involves our senses. He is an expert on Brain imaging of the senses, Restorati...
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PhD defense Fabiola Gerpott: October 12, 11:45

On Thursday, October 12 2017, Fabiola Gerpott will defend her dissertation entitled "Learning and leadership in contemporary organizations: Qualitative, quantitative and temporal insights" at 11:45 in the VU Aula (co-promoter: Dr. Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock; promotoren: Prof. Mark van Vugt en Prof. Sven Voepel). Click here for more information on her dissertation defense (in Dutch). Hope t...
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PhD defense Jill Knapen: September 15, 13:45

On Friday, September 15 2017, Jill Knapen will defend her dissertation entitled "The tall and short of it: On human height in social perception, interpersonal interactions, and individual differences" at 13:45 in the VU Aula (co-promoter: Dr. Thomas Pollet; promotor: Prof. Mark van Vugt). Click here for more information on her dissertation defense (in Dutch). Hope to see you at the defen...
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Colloquium Talk by Veronica Benet-Martinez

Colloquium Talk by Veronica Benet-Martinez Date: September 21, 16:00-17:00, room K1B-74 Speaker: Veronica Benet-Martinez, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Title: Multicultural identities & minds: Socio-cognitive, personality, and cultural perspectives Cultural contact due to factors such as migration, globalization, and the speed of travel and communication (among others), has made cultural di...
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IBBA Lecture August 4: Ageing, Brain and Cognition by Prof. Rik Henson

Date: August 4, 2017 Time: 16.00 – 17.00 Drinks: 17.00-18.00 Location: VU University, WN-C-623 “Ageing, Brain and Cognition: Some results from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing & Neuroscience (CamCAN)” I will describe a range of results from neuroscientific investigation of approximately 700 people from 18-88 years of age in the CamCAN project (www.cam-can.org), including: 1...
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Annual mini-conference “Trust, Leadership, and Cooperation” March 30, 9:00-17:00 (Aurora)

On Thursday March 30, the annual mini-conference of the Social & Organizational Psychology Group will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 (location: Aurora, VU main building). We will share recent findings from our ongoing research. Students are welcome to attend the presentations and discussions. For questions, please contact this year's conference organizer, Dr. Francesca Righetti.
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Colloquium by Peter DeScioli on March 15, 16:00, room MF-G513

Colloquium Talk by Peter DeScioli Date: March 15, 16:00-17:00, room MF-G513 Speaker: Peter DeScioli, Stony Brook University Title: Alliance formation in a side-taking experiment Abstract: How do people choose sides in conflicts? People face difficult tradeoffs when deciding which side, if any, to support in disputes, especially when bound by prior loyalties and obligations. I present e...
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