This blog post discusses the issue of free will from a psychological perspective. More specifically, it examines the implications of subconscious priming with respect to our understanding of free will. Lastly, this post is a rebuttal to some of the arguments presented in Mark Balaguer’s book “Free Will”.
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.
In the last post of this week’s study abroad theme, five RUG students describe their experiences of spending one semester far away from home. Read about laid-back Australians and learn how studying abroad can change one’s views on society.
Second-year Research Master student Fionneke went to the United States to write her Master’s Thesis there. Surrounded by cowboys, Republicans, and missionaries, she holds on to important Dutch habits such as riding a bicycle and eating Dutch candy the Americans hate (zoute drop). She shares some of her experiences on Mindwise.
Our study abroad theme continues with the stories of Julian’s and Pia’s exchange experiences. What can you expect from studying at UCL and what can you do on cold winter days in Canada? Tomorrow, we are posting a piece from a student doing her Master research thesis abroad. Stay tuned!
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.