What is the purpose of higher education? How should universities balance academic forming against economic needs? Read here what famous reformers and psychologists thought on the issue.
Sadly, many of our cognitive abilities decline when we age, making it more difficult for older people to cope with complex listening situations of everyday life. Fortunately, older people seem to be able to rely on their preserved language skills and vocabulary to successfully compensate for these negative changes.
Do infants retain traumatic experiences that lie at the root of later psychopathology? Recent literature on infant memory suggests that retention of everyday stimuli can be prolonged by presenting frequent reminders. Whether this justifies searching for and treating preverbal trauma in older children and adults is a different matter.
We continue this week’s theme of sharing the experiences of students who have been on exchange. Find out why a student from Turkey wanted to study in Groningen and how you can order a beer in Japan. Get involved yourselves! We want to hear where you’ve been and about your experiences there!
In the second post of this week’s theme, we follow up on the experiences of two RUG students studying abroad. In their last post, Julian and Pia wrote about their motivation for choosing their host universities as well as the selection procedure and preparation. Now, read about their first impressions of their new environments. Have their expectations been met?
To open the second round of the exchange week here on Mindwise, we asked Stacey Donofrio, who coordinates student exchanges for the psychology department, to tell us about her personal view on studying abroad. In addition, she answered a choice of frequently asked questions regarding the exchange procedure.
A few weeks ago, we talked with the Education Director of the Psychology Department, professor Karel Brookhuis, about the Lecturer of the Year Award, how candidates are selected at our faculty, and how he sees the future of education. You can listen to the interview in this post.
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.