In her study amongst 234 pedestrians, psychologist Ilse Harms found that walking without awareness is very common. Although 53.8% of pedestrians was unaware of the sign-board she had placed on the pavement, none of them had bumped into it! In this blog post Ilse explains what we can learn from these findings.
Imagine that you are not able anymore to go to work (or education), use public transportation, visit friends or family, go to the theatre, attend outside events or even to get medical care. This may not be very difficult during these Corona times. This blog post points out these are all too common daily struggles of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Due to the Corona outbreak, we are all missing out on faculty life. Under these special circumstances, Mindwise shares some stories from students and faculty members. Today a personal blog about the spectacles in our faculty garden and how the Corona virus can bring us back to human nature.
One hundred and thirty years after this famous quote by William James, psychologists are still struggling to measure attention reliably, particularly impairments of attention. Together with my neuropsychologist colleagues, I developed the Everyday Life Attention Scale (ELAS) to help in the assessment of attention. Here I share our discoveries about attention.
On October 5th 2019, the Faculty opens her doors to showcase her ongoing research, during the national Weekend of Science. Everyone’s invited: neighbors, employees, students, family, friends, etcetera. The title of this year’s edition is “Everything is behavior” (“Alles is Gedrag”).
At the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen, two enthusiastic scholars (Marieke Pijnenborg and Lisette van der Meer) focus their research on cognition of patients with psychosis. Both are not only academically very active, but also successful in combining their appointment as a scientist at the University of Groningen with an appointment in the clinical field. Reason enough for Mindwise to invite these two scholars for an interview to learn from their experiences and ideas.
The technology behind self-driving cars is quickly evolving. As the transition from manually driven cars to autonomous cars is approaching, we need to assess certain ethical implications. Which abilities or traits do we want to give the AI behind the wheel of these vehicles?
After efforts of courageous individuals and public pressure, the APA commissioned a report. It revealed that the APA was compliant with torture, lied and covered up their close relations with government entities, and weakened their ethical guidelines. The aftermaths of this scandal still holds hard lessons: how can ethical awareness be sharpened to not allow an environment creating harm?