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.
When dr. Nina Hansen travelled to Ethiopia last spring to conduct field research, students Marloes Huis, Josefine Geiger, and Aline Voss had the opportunity to accompany her. In this blog Nina, Marloes, and Josefine briefly describe the elaborate process of conducting field research in a very different culture and the challenges that were encountered.
Thinking about how things could have turned out differently can be useful for people. When you think about how something could have gone better, you may learn from it. On the other hand, when you think about how it could have gone worse, you may feel better about yourself.
Auditory stimuli, such as voices or sound logos in radio advertisements, can have persuasive effects. In addition, technological advancements create possibilities for using auditory forms of communication, also in the domain of health. This post discusses the differential effects of listening instead of reading on persuasion.
Here I am, doing a Research Master in social psychology at the University of Groningen, training to become another star in the ‘academic firmament’. And there is plenty of space left at the horizon for you and other future researchers to contribute…
Psychological traits such as self-esteem explain how people differ from each other, but what explains the psychological traits and their development? Psychologists tend to explain individual differences and developmental trajectories of traits based on variables that are separate from the traits themselves. I argue that individual differences and developmental changes can also be explained by looking at the changes in the observable traits, looking within the trait and not outside of the trait.
Why do smoothly flowing conversations feel so good, whereas brief silences are often so awkward? On February 20, Namkje Koudenburg will defend her thesis “Conversational Flow”, in which she explains how conversational aspects such as brief silences, or small delays in computer-mediated communication influence our relationships, independently of what is being said.