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A grandmaster's mind

In the literature research for my master thesis (which was about possible transfer effects of playing chess on brain functions) I discovered that the disciplines of psychology and the game of chess had formed an unusual alliance at the turn of the 20th century. I will make a brief excursion into the history of chess research and will uncover the astonishing linkage between chess and psychology.

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‘Tis the season

Christmas and New Year are here again. In terms of happiness, often a joyful time of the year. However, for some, not so much. Fortunately psychology can give insight into what may improve your mood during this period. Besides, I offer some suggestions for research papers that should make your work or study break more fun. Happy holidays!

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YESS BSS: Connecting Early Career Researchers

January 2019 we launched a network of Young Enthusiastic Social Scientists at the Behavioural and Social Sciences faculty (YESS BSS). After existing for almost a year, it’s time to introduce ourselves: Who are we, what have we done so far, and what can you expect from us in the upcoming year?

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Safe cycling with permanent vision impairments?

On average each Dutch citizen owns 1.3 bicycles. For the Dutch, being able to cycle is almost a given fact. But is cycling a safe thing to do if you have permanent vision impairments?

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A grandmaster's mind

In the literature research for my master thesis (which was about possible transfer effects of playing chess on brain functions) I discovered that the disciplines of psychology and the game of chess had formed an unusual alliance at the turn of the 20th century. I will make a brief excursion into the history of chess research and will uncover the astonishing linkage between chess and psychology.

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Playing with fire? ADHD in a relationship

How to deal with relationships in which one partner is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? In this article, Carlotta Stahl discussed the difficulties that are described in the literature, but also shares personal experiences about positive aspects of dating someone with this diagnosis.

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Diving Deep: Exploring the Uncharted Waters of Microdosing

Microdosing has become a rather popular trend. However, it is not yet backed up by conclusive research. Using the example of microdosing, this blogpost shows how presumably sound scientific research can be utilized in online forums to support virtually anything. Thus, while scientists cannot draw conclusions yet, the public does.

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