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About the institute

Entrance Heymans Building
Entrance Heymans Building

The Heymans Institute for Psychological Research is founded to integrate and strengthen psychological research within the Department of Psychology at the University of Groningen. The research within the Heymans Institute is organized within 9 expertise groups. In addition, as we aim to understand human behavior from the biological to the societal level, we encourage collaborations between the different expertises within psychology as well as with other disciplines.

Laboratories and support

Researchers of the institute can make use of state of the art laboratories and the Technical Support Service .

Gerard Heymans

The Heymans Institute for Psychological Research was named after professor Gerard Heymans. He was a supporter of empirical methodology and continually introduced experiments where possible. In 1892 he established the psychology lab in Groningen, the first one in the Netherlands In 1909, Heymans held a famous speech on “the future century of psychology”, telling of a far-off future in which a matured psychological science could solve many of humankinds’ problems. This resonates with the mission of the Heymans Institute to do ground breaking scientific and socially relevant research in which we try to understand human behavior from the biological to the societal level.


The Heymans Institute for Psychological Reseach is lead by prof. dr. E.H. (Ernestine) Gordijn. She is, among other things, in charge of daily management, advises the Faculty Board on several matters f.i. the research programming of the Psychology department, has an important role in applications for external funding and the processing and classification of research output.

Contact Information
Heymans Building (map) secretariat: K. (Karina) Appeldorn
Grote Kruisstraat 2/1 telephone: +31 (0)50 363 8210
9712 TS Groningen fax: +31 (0)50 363 6304
The Netherlands email:

Laatst gewijzigd:14 juli 2017 13:13