NVP: The Dutch Society for Brain and Cognition
The Netherlands has a rich history when it comes to the scientific study of mind, brain, and behavior (psychonomics). At the end of the nineteenth century, the first psychological laboratories were founded by Franciscus Donders in Utrecht and Gerard Heymans in Groningen. In these laboratories, Donders and Heymans conducted groundbreaking studies; many of these are still the basis of research that is done today. In 1968, the Stichting voor Psychonomie (Psychonomic Foundation) was founded. In 1985, this evolved into the Nederlandse Verening voor Psychonomie (Dutch Society for Psychonomics, or: Dutch Society for Brain and Cogntion). To its members, the society is best known by its abbreviation: NVP.
NVP aims to promote research on brain and cognition in the Netherlands and (from our perspective) abroad. Anyone with an interest in research on brain and cognition can become a member. But the focus of the society is on active researchers as well as on students with an interest in research.
The most important activity of NVP is the organization of the NVP Winter Conference, which takes place once every two years. In addition, NVP organizes specialist courses for researchers. And NVP engages with the Dutch government, funding agencies, and like-minded societies from other fields and countries, always with the aim to promote research on brain and cognition in every possible way.
The study of mind, brain, and behavior
Cognitive psychology. Cognitive neuroscience. Experimental Psychology. Psychonomics. All of these terms refer, perhaps in slightly different ways, to the study of mind, brain, and behavior. Researchers in these fields investigate things such as perception and attention: How can we make sense of all the input with which are senses are bombarded? And learning and memory: How do we use experiences from the past to behave more adaptively in the future? And language: How do we convey information about the world through symbols and sounds? And emotion: Why do some things trigger such strong emotional responses, and how does this affect our behavior? And decision making: Why are seemingly rational decisions so often driven by irrational heuristics? And many other things. Because the mind offers so much to study!
Ethics and integrity
NVP members are expected to act ethically and with integrity in all their scientific activities.
The NVP executive board consists of:
- President: Prof. dr. Heleen Slagter. VU Universiteit Amsterdam
- Secretary: Dr. ir. Roy de Kleijn, Universiteit Leiden
- Treasurer: Prof. dr. Jeroen Smeets, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Executive member: Drs. Friederike Behrens, Universiteit Leiden
- Executive member: Dr. Johannes Fahrenfort, Universiteit van Amsterdam
- Executive member: Dr. Sebastiaan Mathôt, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
- Executive member: Prof. dr. Joke Baas, Universiteit Utrecht
Dr. Roy de Kleijn Pieter de la Court Gebouw Postbus 9555 2300 RB Leiden Phone: 071-5273407
Past members of the executive board
The following people were previously part of the NVP executive board. This list is incomplete!
- Albert Kok, Universiteit van Amsterdam
- Artem Belopolsky, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
- Edward de Haan, Universiteit van Amsterdam
- Jaap Murre, Universiteit van Amsterdam
- Laura Steenbergen, Universiteit Leiden
- Lorenza Colzato, Universiteit Leiden
- Mariska Kret, Universteit Leiden
- Monicque Lorist, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
- Richard Ridderinkhof, Universiteit van Amsterdam
- Stefan van der Stigchel, Universiteit Utrecht
Occasionally, NVP awards an honorary medal to people who have, in one form or another, greatly contributed to the field. The following people have been awarded so far:
- Maarten Bouman
- Nico Frijda
- Edward de Haan
- Pim Levelt
- John Michon
- Andries Sanders
- Hans Smits
- Gezinus Wolters