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Everyone knows what attention is

One hundred and thirty years after this famous quote by William James, psychologists are still struggling to measure attention reliably, particularly impairments of attention. Together with my neuropsychologist colleagues, I developed the Everyday Life Attention Scale (ELAS) to help in the assessment of attention. Here I share our discoveries about attention.

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Duo interview: Collaborating with the Foodbank

Stadjers Hand in Hand (SHH) is a community-building project aiming to tackle poverty in Groningen. Yasin Koc (a teacher) and Gido Metz (a student) got enthused by the project through a Master’s course, and became volunteers. “We used our knowledge of social psychology and helped develop the project to become larger and more sustainable.”

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Goal pursuit and acculturation: A fruitful novel approach to understand migration success

It is sometimes said that migrants should work on their acculturation in the host country in order to realize their goals. In her PhD dissertation, which she succesfully defended last November, Ágnes Tóth argues that this relation may actually work the other way around.

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A grandmaster's mind

In the literature research for my master thesis (which was about possible transfer effects of playing chess on brain functions) I discovered that the disciplines of psychology and the game of chess had formed an unusual alliance at the turn of the 20th century. I will make a brief excursion into the history of chess research and will uncover the astonishing linkage between chess and psychology.

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‘Tis the season

Christmas and New Year are here again. In terms of happiness, often a joyful time of the year. However, for some, not so much. Fortunately psychology can give insight into what may improve your mood during this period. Besides, I offer some suggestions for research papers that should make your work or study break more fun. Happy holidays!

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A grandmaster's mind

In the literature research for my master thesis (which was about possible transfer effects of playing chess on brain functions) I discovered that the disciplines of psychology and the game of chess had formed an unusual alliance at the turn of the 20th century. I will make a brief excursion into the history of chess research and will uncover the astonishing linkage between chess and psychology.

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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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