Affect, Motivation, and Action lab


Welcome to the website of the Affect, Motivation & Action (AMA) lab.

Research in the AMA lab aims to understand the dynamic interplay between affective states and goal-directed behavior.

To achieve this, we combine behavioral measures with a wide variety of methods including neuroimaging (EEG, functional and structural MRI), physiology (pupil dilation and cardiovascular measures), and facial EMG. More recently we also started to study the neurochemical (endorphin-mediated) and neuroendocrine mechanisms that underlie the interactions between affect, stress, and cognitive control.

For an overview of the current research themes, please see our research page.

The Affect, Motivation & Action lab is based at the Institute of Psychology (Cognitive Psychology Unit), Leiden University. Our lab is part of the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition.

Contact information

Dr. Henk van Steenbergen
Institute of Psychology – Cognitive Psychology Unit
Leiden University
Pieter de la Court building
Wassenaarseweg 52
Room 2B05
2333 AK Leiden
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)71 527 3655
F +31 (0)71 527 3783