The research mission of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience is:
- to conduct internationally competitive research of top-quality at the frontiers of new developments;
- to create and maintain active partnerships regionally, nationally and internationally;
- to continue placing emphasis on fundamental cognitive research and method development; and
- to apply this in transdisciplinary collaborations.
Focus on cognitive and biological psychology with an excellent research infrastructure
The research of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience clearly distinguishes itself from the other institutes in The Netherlands. It focuses on cognitive and biological psychology, and the faculty has an excellent research infrastructure.
High social relevancy
This together with the special attention for the social relevancy of its research, contributed to its high score in the 2012 assessment by the Dutch foundation Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities.
QS World University Ranking
The 2012 QS World University Ranking placed the faculty in the top 150, with a high citation factor. The high citation factor was also featured in the European CHE Excellence Ranking 2010, which placed the Faculty within the ‘excellent’ group.
Maintaining and expanding research infrastructure
The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience invests in ways to maintain and expand its excellent research infrastructure. To date it has 64 laboratories, including state of the art (f)MRI (3.0, 7.0 and 9.4 Tesla apparatus), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Virtual Reality facilities.
Funding and grants received
With regard to personal research grants from NWO in 2011 and 2012, 1 Vici, 1 Vidi, 3 Veni, 1 Rubicon, 4 ‘Onderzoekstalent’ and 1 Open Competition were received. Also, EU and NWO funding for the PhD graduate training programme in neuroimaging and ERC grants were received. For a full overview, visit the received grants page.
The faculty conducts its research through its departments: Clinical Psychological Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Work and Social Psychology and Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology. They participate in the high regarded research schools F.C. Donders/NICI, Euron, Psychology & Health/EPOS and EPP.