Imagine that you are a primary care doctor. A young woman comes to see you because she worries constantly about everything, from her health to her studies to the state of the world. At night, she often lies awake for hours, worrying. Because she is having difficulty concentrating, she has failed some of her classes […]
On June 11, 2018, Aafke van Mourik Broekman will defend her thesis, in which she shows that we have the ability to internalize a sense of solidarity from the groups we observe. This does not only change how we feel about the group expressing the solidarity, but can also alter our behaviour and our relations with other people around us.
“Which specialization should I take within the broad discipline called Psychology?” Numerous Psychology Bachelor students struggle with this issue and are doubtful about which Master’s degree they should pursue. Student Carl-Peter Van Erpecum discusses the option of joining a research master program at the UMCG, called Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE).
The collaboration between Professor in Semantics and Cognition Petra Hendriks and Professor in Logic and Cognition Rineke Verbrugge has already existed for more than a decade. This year, they joined forces again for a new exciting research topic: Lying. How do people learn to lie and why is lying so difficult, yet important? Let’s find […]
Once a year, researchers from the Heymans Institute gather in the beautiful Nieuwe Kerk in Groningen for an afternoon of science at the Heymans Symposium. (The Heymans Insitute is the cool pseudonym of the Department of Psychology at the RUG.) For students, this is an opportunity to see what their teachers are up to when […]
Imagine yourself, sitting at a bench near the local playground. The sun is shining, and you peacefully observe how three boys together are playing with marbles. You also see a girl, who carefully sneaks towards the boys from behind the bushes. And then… “BOOO!!” echoes across the playground as the girl jumps from the bushes […]
Detached from its original adaptive function, disgust can be experienced in response to one’s body fat and other bodily aspects. Facilitated by a prevailing objectification of female bodies in today’s society, the experience of disgust towards one’s own body may help to understand why body image disturbances are so persistent.
Do you like chocolate? Don’t feel guilty: a vast majority of people would probably say yes. The popularity of chocolate is indeed easy to understand, if only because it is typically quite sweet, a taste we have evolved to prefer from the times when our ancestors roamed the wild, looking for ripe fruits to eat. […]
The discussion surrounding Brexit provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our department’s position and possible future role in European psychology.
Men are oftentimes called “a little bit autistic” by women. In this blog post I, as a woman, will argue why we should not call our men like that. I write this blog to raise awareness of autism during the world autism awareness week running from March 26 till April 2.