As all university students and teachers will have noticed by now, the Dutch government aims to reduce the student drop out in higher education. In this blog post, it is argued that blocking the possibility to change majors in university is detrimental for individual’s identity development, and in the long run for society as well.
Science is in crisis, and there are many initiatives for how to improve it. The solutions that are proposed risk being counterproductive. They overemphasize the importance of good data and rigorous hypothesis testing, and devalue other factors in the advancement of knowledge.
Though the winter solstice and Blue Monday have passed, the winter’s midpoint has not. These days you may wake up when it is still dark, or darkness has set in again by the time you leave school or work. Even so, the days are rapidly lengthening. How does this affect your mood?
Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) is currently one of the emerging themes in research on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Indeed SCT is considered to be the new “real attention disorder”. The question is whether there is enough evidence for the establishment of a new disorder.
These four short videos provide an overview of the master’s program “Social Psychology and its Applications”, and it’s three specialization tracks: “Health Psychology”, “Environmental Psychology”, and “Behaviour in a Social World” at the University of Groningen.
We are very happy to announce our new column called Mindlinks. Every month we bring you the latest news from the world of Psychology and share a collection of links we find interesting, exciting, or funny. To start with, I would like to share my favorite 14 news items of the year 2014.
Exam grades can be improved by a full grade point if one learns factual knowledge using a method based on learning principles from cognitive psychology. This method, developed in the Experimental Psychology group, is now offered by Noordhoff Publishers as part of their online learning system for secondary education.
The latest BCN Neswletter was out this month we are thrilled to share with you an interview by Sanne Brederoo, a PhD candidate in the Experimental Psychology Group. She spoke to Ton Groothuis and Reint Geuze, who, along with Nele Zickert, recently launched their large-scale study on handedness, for which they aim to have a sample size of 30,000!
Children’s development is mostly seen as gradual and increasing. However, when the development of individual children is observed more closely, you see many sudden improvements, but also fallbacks and regression. This variability turns out to be a crucial part of human development.