Perceiving to be socially included at work is vital for the well-being and performance of employees. Yet, due to increasing levels of workforce diversity it is often difficult for people to fit in at work. In his dissertation, Wiebren Jansen studied what organizations can do to ensure that their employees feel included.
While an acute decrease in brain serotonin may have few effects on social behaviour, a longer-term increase in serotonin in individuals at risk for depression improves mood and alters social behaviour. This Thursday, February 4, 2016, Koen Hogenelst defends his dissertation, in which he explains the relevance of his research findings for the effectiveness of serotonergic medications for depression.
This Thursday, Thijs Bouman will defend his doctoral thesis in which he explains the influence of foreign news on how we perceive groups within our nearby surroundings. Generalizations from global to the local situations seem to specifically occur for negative news and rely on often trivial and unconscious associations between the foreign and nearby groups.
Did you ever find yourself drinking another beer when you actually had to stop at the previous one? Then you can imagine how this automatic behavior might be involved in the development of substance abuse and addiction. Illuminating this relationship is the very reason Madelon van Hemel-Ruiter started her PhD research.
We’re ready to celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of an exciting 2016, here on Mindwise, and what better way than to share with you the most popular posts from these past twelve months! We’ve been thrilled with your interest all year and we look forward to sharing with you great new […]
Is the way we assess learning in higher education killing its very central aim: learning? It is, if Eric Mazur from Harvard University is to be believed and he makes a very convincing case in the talk he gave in Groningen a few weeks ago. Read on to see what students and staff from our department think about it.
People tend to coordinate their actions, feelings, and thoughts with others in social situations. But how does this work? We asked two experts of our department, Dr. Ralf Cox (Developmental Psychology) and Dr. Pontus Leander (Organizational Psychology), who examine this intriguing topic from two different perspectives.