In September 2016, the Department of Psychology starts five new international master’s tracks. These tracks link psychological knowledge to particular fields of application, to prepare students in the best possible way for the job market in their respective fields. All tracks seem promising, but how do you pick the track that is right for you?
Is the way we assess learning in higher education killing its very central aim: learning? It is, if Eric Mazur from Harvard University is to be believed and he makes a very convincing case in the talk he gave in Groningen a few weeks ago. Read on to see what students and staff from our department think about it.
This post looks at our research on the mechanics of negative emotions about ourselves, the human obsession with how the past could have been different and some of the things I learned from this first laboratory research project I worked on during the past six months.
Have you ever wondered how the Psychology Education Committee works? Recently, on behalf of Diemensies, Ruud Wassink and I interviewed two student members about their tasks, making improvements to the educational program, and how students can help.
Addicted to smartphones? This blog post critically reviews the current state of psychological research concerning the impacts of extensive smartphone use. Important issues are highlighted by the outline of some important psychological studies.
This blog post deals with the unrealistic beauty standard of the media and how it can influence individuals. The psychological stress and even illnesses, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa that this beauty standard evokes, underlines the urgency of examining how this standard can be changed.
You don’t have to be a gambler to commit a gambler’s mistakes. Here, I present the idea that misconceptions of chance and probability can eventually lead to misunderstandings in society and erroneous stereotypical judgments.
This post is about how sports, mindfulness, and an open mind helped one student deal with the rising problem of (academic) pressure. As many other students are also trying to deal with stress and anxiety, this post is a must-read for all students and staff.
Crowdfunding has reached the world of science, for better or worse. Controversial research fields, such as the ones utilizing potent psychedelics, do not attract many traditional funding sources. These financial obstructions hinder the accumulation of scientific evidence necessary for an informed evaluation of the research fields’ scientific merit. Crowdfunding could give researchers the chance to establish their fields’ scientific legitimacy.
Are you considering applying for the Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master this year? Have you heard that it is a demanding program and are you wondering if it is something for you? Minita had the same thoughts last year. She is now a first-year student in the program and shares some of her experiences.