There is increasing evidence that psychological factors, such as stress or placebo effects, influence the quality of life, disease outcomes, and effects of medical treatments in both healthy populations and somatic conditions. Our overarching goal is to understand and make optimal use of psychoneurobiological mechanisms that underlie health and chronic conditions. To this end, we combine innovative insights from different disciplines (e.g., psychology, medicine, biology, genetics, communication) in testing psychoneurobiological mechanisms of symptom perception, stress responsiveness, and adjustment to or progression of chronic disease, as well as in developing and implementing disease-generic personalized psychological or psychobiological interventions for healthy and patient populations (e.g., through e-health). Examples of several important research projects are shown below. Click here for an overview of all projects within the Health and Medical Neuropsychology unit of Leiden University.
Creating better insight into which communication can influence patient outcomes can help to improve care. Our ultimate ambition is to improve patients…Read more
The effects of many treatments are determined, to a significant degree, by factors other than the medicine or treatment itself. For example, placebo e…Read more
A Virtual Reality training tool for optimizing expectancy effects in patient-provider interaction. We aim to create an innovative e-learning and virt…Read more
The major aim is to examine the potential of learning the body to produce a similar physiological (autonomic, neuroendocrine, or immune) and physical…Read more
To what extent do your thoughts and experiences affect your health? What is the impact of the placebo effect on medical treatments, for example for pa…Read more
This project is aimed at 1) elucidating the role of attention in itch and pain, including orientation, and attentional disengagement (i.e., directing…Read more
Somatic symptoms, such as pain, itch, and fatigue have been shown to have a bidirectional relationship with mental symptoms. Although acute somatic sy…Read more