About Brain and Cognition

Brain and Cognition Dossier

Scientists at Leiden University conduct research on all aspects of the human brain. Psychologists, medical experts and linguists study such diverse subjects as the adolescent brain, how we learn to read, Alzheimer's and stress. You can read all about their work in this dossier.


You can think too much

People can think too much about their capabilities. Once you've mastered something, it's not a good idea to spend too much time thinking about it. Leiden cognitive psychologists Bruno Bocanegra and Bernhard Hommel have published an article on the subject in Psychological Science.

Difference between brain hemispheres not so strict

The difference between the rational left hemisphere and the emotional right hemisphere is by no means as strict as the popular view would have us believe. PhD candidate Jurriaan Witteman has published a study on this topic in Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience.