Leiden Psychology Blog


Category: Clinical Psychology

  • Good stress - bad stress

    Good stress - bad stress

    Is there such a thing as good stress? Or is stress always bad? Should we avoid all stress to live a long and healthy life? These were some of the questions Valerio Zeno posed in his tv-show Valerio4Ever, on his quest for eternal (or a very long) life.
  • Assessing stress: a matter of the heart?

    Assessing stress: a matter of the heart?

    'I didn’t see it coming until it was too late' – a remark I often hear from clients suffering from burnout. They had often been pushing the limits without realizing that their stress levels were building up.
  • Are you on the pill?

    Are you on the pill?

    “Are you on the pill?” This question should always be put to female participants in psychological research. Here’s why researchers should not ignore pill use. And some tips and tricks for pill research…
  • Stress in your mind: mind the stress?

    Stress in your mind: mind the stress?

    Severe stress can affect our somatic well-being – but is part of this stress created in our minds? A recent meta-analysis on the link between worrying and the physiological stress response suggests that worrying does indeed affect our heart and hormones.
  • Pay it forward!

    Pay it forward!

    Receiving help makes people feel dependent and inadequate. But recent research reveals a remedy: paying help forward. Read on to see how this works.
  • Truly awesome data

    Truly awesome data

    Researchers perform studies to test their hypothesis. Yet, some hypotheses require data so special, that they are rarely tested. The Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety provides researchers in Leiden, Amsterdam, and Groningen with such special data
  • Don’t go to sleep!

    Don’t go to sleep!

    Claudia Pama | | 0
    Feeling down? Perhaps experiencing some winter blues? Sleep deprivation might be the answer. Neuroscientists at Tufts University have revealed an interesting mechanism behind this puzzling solution, by investigating the role of astrocytes.
  • Winter blues?

    Winter blues?

    Depressed people report seeing the world as “dim, and lacking in color”. Is this a nice figure of speech, or a real perceptual shift? We investigated this question, particularly relevant now that the days are getting shorter and shorter…
  • Can you ‘pose’ your way to success?

    Can you ‘pose’ your way to success?

    Tina van Dam | | 1
    Have you ever wondered why is it that sometimes you perform extremely well at presentations or job interviews while at other times your brain seems to freeze? Your performance in such tasks depends on the levels of two hormones: testosterone and cortisol.
  • Brain scars

    Brain scars

    Abuse or neglect as a child may lead to the development of anxiety or depression related symptoms years later. Are traces of childhood adversities also visible in our brain? And if so, what does this mean?
  • Where on earth did the effect go?

    Where on earth did the effect go?

    One replication is worth at least a thousand t-tests, indeed, but several replications (let’s say about twenty) and well-powered studies are worth at least a million t-tests.