The Avril McDonald Memorial Fund

Every quarter, we share articles published in the BCN Neswletter and we are happy today to share a story written by Elouise Koops on the Avril McDonald Memorial Fund that is organised by Rosalind Frankling fellows from the RUG. This year, four PhD students and brilliant starting scientists received this award.

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Network connectivity in the ageing brain: An Interview with Linda Geerligs

The latest BCN Neswletter was out last week and we are thrilled to share with you an interview with one of our very own. Linda Geerligs did her PhD in the Psychology Department with Prof. Monicque Lorist and now works at the University of Cambridge, in England, on ageing. Robin Mills talked to her about her research, past and present; the challenges of being a researcher; and her goals as an academic.

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Using statistics for truly understanding psychological processes

The classical way of conducting experiments in empirical psychology is useful for understanding psychological constructs. However, using measurement-intensive longitudinal data is essential when you wish to truly understand psychological processes. For analyzing such data, new type of methods are required. Casper Albers explains the merits of these methods.

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Does attentional bias modification constitute a suitable treatment for depression?

Negative attentional biases have been linked to depression. The “find the smiling face task” has been shown to reduce these dysfunctional attentional biases. To further validate the task, Thole Hoppen and two fellow students investigated whether the “find the smiling face task” changes attentional biases when people are in sad mood.

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Missing the goal: Why goal frustration might lead soccer players to aggression

Soccer players often display aggressive behavior when they are frustrated during matches. This aggressive behavior could possibly be explained by a loss of competency that goes along with goal-related frustration. However, pro-social behavior could also possibly be a way to restore that competence.

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