Psychological traits: There’s more than what doesn’t meet the eye

Psychological traits such as self-esteem explain how people differ from each other, but what explains the psychological traits and their development? Psychologists tend to explain individual differences and developmental trajectories of traits based on variables that are separate from the traits themselves. I argue that individual differences and developmental changes can also be explained by looking at the changes in the observable traits, looking within the trait and not outside of the trait.

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Codes

Academic administrators have responded to recent cases of misconduct by commissioning a multitude of regulations and protocols. The scientific code of conduct of the VSNU is an attempt to formulate the scientific ethos, but it works better as a discussion piece.

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Research worth spreading! A postscript on the Heymans Symposium

Having worked in Groningen for nearly five years, as far as I know this is the first year the Heymans Institute went all out and invited everyone to leave not only their offices but also the Department buildings, and travel to Het Kasteel, a nearby meeting venue, for an afternoon of psychology pleasures. There were promises of engaging talks, enthusiastic poster presentations, and excellent prize-winning articles. In full support of the three Ph.D. students who organized the event, I attended the afternoon and left excited.

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