Psychology research in the Netherlands holds a strong position: "Considering the modest size of the population and the limited number of universities, psychological research in the Netherlands is surprisingly visible on the international stage.
Understandable, the USA is the major player, but the Netherlands ranks high among the others, and especially in Europe." (Research Review Psychology, 1998-2004, p.11).
Within the Netherlands, psychology research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) distinguishes itself, first of all, in its focus on basic quantitative research and theoretical progress rather than a more applied orientation towards managing and solving practical issues. Second, the psychology research at the University of Amsterdam is unique in the broad and integrated coverage of all traditional areas in psychology.