VU means looking further. Ever since its establishment in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has stood for distinctiveness in the application of scholarship. We ask of our more than 23,000 students, researchers, doctoral candidates and staff members that they look further: further than their own interests, further than their own disciplines, further than the familiar, further than the here and now. From brain to genetics: it all starts with our boundless curiosity about our thinking processes, feelings and behaviour. How do emotions work? What is intelligence? How does social interaction take place?
As an extension to this, we are witnessing highly interesting clinical developments, such as research into conditions including dementia, depression and autism that is producing effective treatments, also in the area of e-health. All of which is possible through fundamental knowledge and insights into mental processes.
Interested? We are pleased to introduce you to two of our Psychology researchers. Lot and Erik will speak about why they find 'looking further' so intriguing, valuable and fun.
Mens sana in corpore sano - as a keen athlete myself, I am well aware of the truth of this aphorism. I completed my doctoral study, which consisted of two parts, one devoted to the mind and the other to the body, last March. The first part dealt with the relationship between movement and neurocognitive function in children. .
As head of the department of Clinical Neuropsychology, I do a lot of research into the influence of movement on the brain. Do our brains work better when we take more exercise? It has been found that this is indeed the case in people – both young and old – who have become unaccustomed to exercise.