One Monday in mid-to-late January is said to be the most depressing day of the year. For the past 12 years, a Welsh psychologist has been associated with this day. He has become known as the brain behind Blue Monday, allegedly developing the formula used to calculate the date. But what is the real story, and how has it developed over time?
Every quarter, we share articles published in the BCN Newsletter and we are happy today to share an interview with Dr. Simone Sprenger, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts, who studies language perception and bilingualism. The interview was conducted and written by Améie la Roi, PhD candidate in linguistics.
The desire to understand the neuronal mechanisms underlying changes in food pleasantness is becoming increasingly relevant in order to maintain adequate dietary intake in young and older adults. Our research shows that emotion and cognitive mechanisms, in addition to sensation, should be taken into account to understand food pleasantness with age.
Researchers have an extremely high level of expertise within their domain. However, relying on this domain-specific expertise alone might not always be enough to advance a given research areas. Instead, collaboration various different researchers from virtually any domain can improve our work immensely.
Organizations increasingly aim to reduce their ecological footprint and to encourage pro-environmental behaviour at work. This Thursday, November 24, Angela Ruepert will defend her PhD-thesis showing that although strong environmental values predict pro-environmental behaviour, employees with weaker environmental values also act pro-environmentally when the work context makes them focus on the environment.
I am writing this on my third day as assistant professor at the Experimental Psychology Group at the University of Groningen. And this article is my way to say: hi! I think the best way to introduce myself is to tell you why I think these are exciting times to be a cognitive scientist. […]
A personal experience with our dog Eli made me wonder whether animal-assisted interventions have the potential to support the treatment and care of children with ADHD. A subsequent literature study provided ample indication that several mechanisms of animal-assisted interventions can have a positive effect on several core symptoms of ADHD.
Make America great again, or make America hate again? Trump’s campaign has raised many troubling questions. He has at various stages proposed building a wall and purging illegal immigrants, or retweeted the messages of Neo-Nazi fanatics. Yet still, his popularity is huge. And this popularity will continue after election day. Will today, the 8th […]