We are very happy to announce our new column called Mindlinks. Every month we bring you the latest news from the world of Psychology and share a collection of links we find interesting, exciting, or funny. To start with, I would like to share my favorite 14 news items of the year 2014.
Exam grades can be improved by a full grade point if one learns factual knowledge using a method based on learning principles from cognitive psychology. This method, developed in the Experimental Psychology group, is now offered by Noordhoff Publishers as part of their online learning system for secondary education.
The latest BCN Neswletter was out this month we are thrilled to share with you an interview by Sanne Brederoo, a PhD candidate in the Experimental Psychology Group. She spoke to Ton Groothuis and Reint Geuze, who, along with Nele Zickert, recently launched their large-scale study on handedness, for which they aim to have a sample size of 30,000!
Children’s development is mostly seen as gradual and increasing. However, when the development of individual children is observed more closely, you see many sudden improvements, but also fallbacks and regression. This variability turns out to be a crucial part of human development.
For the last few years, the Sinterklaas celebration has raised some profound questions: Is the character of Zwarte Piet racist or not? And should we change the celebration? In a current project, we combine insights on social identity, inter-group relations and attitude polarisation to investigate people’s willingness to change the Sinterklaas celebration.
There is a lot of discussion about the pharmacological treatment of ADHD. This discussion, however, might miss an important aspect, namely whether our general understanding of how pharmacological treatments work in developmental diseases is correct. I say, we miss our opportunities!
We continue this week’s theme of sharing the experiences of students who have been (or still are!) on exchange. Find out what a student from Mexico thought about her studies in the Psychology Department at the RUG and where in the world Groningen students went on exchange this year.
Be immersed in a different culture, feel the vibe of an unfamiliar environment, and embrace diversity to gain new perspectives. Learn a new language, develop valuable career skills, and be independent to challenge yourself. Make new friends, have fun and be excited – break out of your academic routine! Learn about the exchange experiences of two RUG students.