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A garden-path blog post

What’s happening at the faculty now that we are in lock-down? Actually, more than you think. This blog post gives you a sneak preview of the changes that happened to the faculty garden and the Heymans building.

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Language as an Embodied and Enactive Process: What Underlies Expressive Writing?

This post introduces the concept of Linguistic Bodies, the analysis of expressive writing from complexity science, and how it can be linked to Personality and Depression.

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Why do university students with a high level of ADHD symptoms also show negative mood symptoms?

University students with symptoms of Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often suffer from negative mood symptoms. This blog post reveals why this association exists.

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Solving the Cultural Paradox of Loneliness

Do people in individualistic cultures feel lonelier than in collectivistic cultures? Surprisingly, they don’t: Although people in individualistic cultures often have less stable relationships and spend more time alone, average loneliness seems to be lower than in more collectivistic cultures. In my dissertation, I provide an explanation for this “cultural paradox of loneliness”.

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Inspiration is not a luxury

Inspiration can be difficult to find, and even more difficult to hold on to. But is it even what we think it is? Eric Rietzschel explores the meaning of inspiration and its relation with creativity.

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Student Articles

Do you see what I mean?

Honours College student Teresa Jungbluth describes aphantasia: the inability to voluntarily paint mental pictures in one’s own head. She also discusses how this affects one’s life, as well as variations in human experience and the power of visualization.

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Rethinking the Self

Self-expansiveness suggests that the lines between “me” and “other” are perceived as fluid for some people. A vague concept? Maybe, but with very real consequences. Lasse Lorenz describes what self-expansiveness can do for people, their compassion for others and the world around them.

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How to Overcome Missed Opportunities

This blog post is about the dire effects of loss aversion in decision-making and serves as a quick guide on how to overcome this by preparing yourself to get out of your comfort zone to take on the challenges of entrepreneurship.

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When God is Knocking at the Door

The Jerusalem Syndrome describes a controversial, yet fascinating condition in which affected individuals exhibit psychosis-like symptoms elicited by a visit to the holy city of Jerusalem.

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