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Lessons Learnt

I recently learned that I was named the Teacher of the Year in Psychology, which prompted me to reflect on a challenging yet rewarding teaching experience from last year. I learned a lot though that experience and thought it helpful to share some of these lessons with the readers of Mindwise.

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Citing is Easy, Reading is Hard

Don van Ravenzwaaij, Casper Albers, Maarten Derksen and Rink Hoekstra discuss how statistical misreporting can be propagated by experts. (Part 2 of our series on citation practices in psychology.)

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Powering the Future?

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to the inventors of the lithium-ion battery. This innovation has the potential to revolutionize our energy-hungry society and to help us break free from our carbon addiction. But will it? Isn't our obsession with innovation the disease, rather than the cure?

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What can three skulls tell us about psychology?

Very few visitors of the University Museum in Groningen know that the three skulls exhibited there once belonged to Dutch gang members, and what they can tell us about the history and development of psychology and neuroscience.

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Does it help to hope (in the context of climate change)?

Martijn van Zomeren doesn’t hate hope. But he certainly thinks hope is overrated. Recent research found that when people were more hopeful about solving climate change, they were not more motivated to do anything about it. Hoping may thus make us feel better, while doom is coming to the world.

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Student Articles

Playing with fire? ADHD in a relationship

How to deal with relationships in which one partner is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? In this article, Carlotta Stahl discussed the difficulties that are described in the literature, but also shares personal experiences about positive aspects of dating someone with this diagnosis.

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Diving Deep: Exploring the Uncharted Waters of Microdosing

Microdosing has become a rather popular trend. However, it is not yet backed up by conclusive research. Using the example of microdosing, this blogpost shows how presumably sound scientific research can be utilized in online forums to support virtually anything. Thus, while scientists cannot draw conclusions yet, the public does.

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404 DATA NOT FOUND: How much information do we lose to the binary?

This blog was not supposed to be an analysis of contemporary research methodology. Nevertheless, it became one when I discovered how much information we lose in psychology because of one simple question.

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Diagnosis Psychosis

People diagnosed with mental illnesses, such as psychotic disorders, have to face public stigma most of the time. They suffer under the consequences and are afraid to tell people. Therefore, interventions to reduce stigmatization are important and should be applied by today’s society.

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