The technology behind self-driving cars is quickly evolving. As the transition from manually driven cars to autonomous cars is approaching, we need to assess certain ethical implications. Which abilities or traits do we want to give the AI behind the wheel of these vehicles?
Open Science practices should help solving the replication crisis, but they can be difficult to maintain. Perhaps the biggest problem is that individual researchers may think that they own the methods they designed or the data they generated. This may change if universities reward teams (including applied statisticians) rather than individuals.
Open Science practices should help solve the replication crisis, but they can be difficult to maintain. This post discusses some challenges to preregistering studies and committing to the PRO initiative that may be addressed by a change in the policies of academic journals.
Engaging in what has been dubbed Questionable Research Practices has been the norm in psychological research for decades. In this post a researcher in Experimental Psychopathology, who was trained in the era before the replication crisis started, describes why and how she adopted new research practices.
We, two Research Master students, went to Bolivia to support the project of Drs. Nina Hansen and Judith Daniels. We interviewed 100 women about the effect of trauma on female empowerment. We carried home a rich data set and stories that cannot be easily expressed in figures.
Childhood maltreatment can have long-term consequences on psychological functions. People with a history of childhood maltreatment are more likely to be victimized in adulthood. In this blog post, I will explain why it is important to understand what risk factors link childhood maltreatment and adult re-victimization.
What do professors do all day? Did you know that they are also expected to complete various administrative tasks? Mindwise decided to lift the veil on one task regularly being taking on by professors: being an editor for a scientific journal. Specifically, we asked Dr. Rafaele Huntjens about being an Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry and Dr. Kai Epstude about being Editor-in-Chief for Social Psychology.
Who has not heard of Veni-Vidi-Vici? In grant land, these are three types of subsidies awarded to outstanding junior, intermediate, and senior researchers, respectively. This year, the Netherlands Science Foundation NWO included Dr. Maarten Eisma (Clinical Psychology) and Dr. Bertus Jeronimus (Developmental Psychology) among its Veni grantees. In light of this exciting development in their research careers, Mindwise decided to ask Drs. Eisma and Jeronimus about their grant writing experiences.
Clinical psychology training centers around the scientist-practitioner model, which posits that psychologists working in mental health care (MHC) should combine clinical practice (i.e., assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of people with psychological problems) with scientific research (e.g., participating in clinical trials of new psychological therapies, conducting literature reviews). Yet MHC institutes may also employ psychologists whose primary task is setting up and executing clinical research.
Uncertainty is an ever-present part of life. It prevents us from being able to predict what will happen to us. Some people experience this uncertainty as extremely aversive, which can fuel the development of anxiety. Mindfulness may help, by means of learning to accept uncertainty and live with it.