The pandemic and self-isolation can help us to reflect on relevant topics. The post reflects on the experience of a PhD student being far away from her homeland during COVID-19 outbreak, the equilibrium between solitude and interpersonal relationships, highlighting the relevance of social interactions in the development and construction of ourselves.
“So, what do you actually do in your PhD?” Casual questions like this can be surprisingly hard to answer for PhD students. This is because we are trained to write for scientific journals and give conference talks, not to explain our ideas at family reunions or over drinks and loud music. But they are good […]
For the first time in Mindwise history, we present to you: Mindwise Chills! When walking around Heymans, it becomes clear that much artistic talent and creative energy lurks amongst the otherwise overworked Psychology students. We want to give students a chance to showcase their work, revealing the multi-faceted and colourful nature of our department. Here, […]
It’s almost here: the day that is supposed to be the most depressive one of the year. Blue Monday is of course commercial nonsense, but it’s true that January can be a rather dark and somewhat gloomy month. While for most people any dull day is quickly replaced by brighter days, for some people all […]
What do professors do all day? Did you know that they are also expected to complete various administrative tasks? Mindwise decided to lift the veil on one task regularly being taking on by professors: being an editor for a scientific journal. Specifically, we asked Dr. Rafaele Huntjens about being an Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry and Dr. Kai Epstude about being Editor-in-Chief for Social Psychology.
The discussion surrounding Brexit provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our department’s position and possible future role in European psychology.
“Take the official Rorschach Ink Blot test to see if you are crazy”, is the title of the first video that comes up when you type Rorschach Test on YouTube. In the 2006 music video featuring animated inkblots morphing into disturbing images that turn into people, Gnarls Barkley sings “Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe you’re crazy. […]
We all know that we test theories by subjecting them to experimental test, allowing us to potentially falsify hypotheses. But where do theories come from? A realist philosophy of science, and the method of retroduction, allows us to use empirical evidence, even from “failed” experiments, to generate as well as test theory.
… management, of course. Everybody likes research and over the last couple of years it has become fashionable to speak of the importance of teaching and what a noble and enjoyable task it is, but people seldom mention management. Maarten Derksen sheds light on the third pillar of academia.