As psychologists we wield a lot of power over people: We research them, teach them how to think about themselves and others, and we get to decide whether or not they are ill. Perhaps all this power is justified – after all Psychology is “the study of the mind and behaviour” and the “enterprise” of […]
“Ah… da da da da da da … oh doe doe doe doe… eeh aah oeh” … Which adult hasn’t said something similar, while talking with a baby? When people interact with babies, they tend to imitate babies’ vocalizations, and mimic their behavior in general (see first video, below). Furthermore, also babies imitate people that […]
From February 2019 onwards, Hanneke Leeuwestein will start with her PhD project (funded by the National Initiative for Education Research/Nationaal Regieorgaan Onderwijsonderzoek/NRO). The goal of this project is to study if a new lesson package for learning Dutch as a second language, aimed at young refugee students, is effective. We will also investigate how children’s […]
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.
Researchers can think very differently about basic concepts. However, when such conceptualizations are only implicitly represented in our work, they can lead to misunderstandings with different scholars, which may result in heated (but probably unnecessary) debates. Here you can read about how such an incident happened to my colleagues and me.
How to deal with the numbers game in academia? After defending her PhD in December 2017, Mandy reflects on why numbers (of publications, grants) are so important in academia, and gives concrete advise for (starting) academics who need to deal with this issue.
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 […]
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 […]
While searching for a solution for her broken nights, Lisette de Jonge-Hoekstra takes us to pink noise – a phenomenon that characterizes smooth processes. In addition, she discovers that listening to actual noise of different colors is claimed to benefit certain states of mind. Lisette finds out what science has to say about these claims, and what she found may be a solution for you as well.
Choosing a particular career path can be challenging, and comprises many components, situations, people and goals. Moreover, the choice process for a career path differs from individual to individual. In this blog post, Filomena Parada explains how the complex and heterogeneous process of career choice and related education- and work-transitions can be investigated by combining three diverse approaches to study human functioning.