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Psychology Connected: Climate change

Thursday 6 October 2022
Psychology Connected
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Café @ Faculty of Social Sciences

The first edition of Psychology Connected will be held on Thursday afternoon October 6th. A new event to which the entire Institute of Psychology is invited to engage in conversations about a better university and society. What do those look like and how do we get there?

Climate change

During Psychology Connected, researchers from all sections jointly shed light on crucial social and academic issues. This first edition revolves around one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. A problem that is infinitely complex and that requires multiple persective to solve, including the psychological perspective. Because in order to turn the tide, knowledge about what drives people and how they change their behavior is vital.

How do we achieve behavior change?

Why is it so difficult for people to live more sustainably? Does that responsibility lie with the citizen or with the government or industry? And how do scientists reduce their ecological footprint? What is the role of science in complex issues like climate? In search of new perspectives, we explore the research field, together with two speakers:



Dr. Anne Urai is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies how our brains turn sensory information into useful decisions. She is convinced that climate change is the most important problem facing humanity today - including the subset that call themselves scientists. She advocates for low-carbon academic practices, for example, rethinking academic conferences, and is an active member of the national Scientists4Future organization.


How to deal with climate change is a classic social dilemma. As an associate professor in the Department of Social, Economic and Organizational Psychology, Niels van Doesum's research interests are in human cooperation, prosociality and social decision-making in the broadest sense. Can - and should - we encourage decisions that help sustain the world as we know it? Van Doesum approaches these and other questions from a behavioral perspective based on environmental psychology.

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