Online misunderstandings can also result from excessive clarity

t is often assumed that online discussions escalate because people become less socially concerned when they are anonymous, or because online messages are unclear and easily misunderstood. In her PhD-dissertation, which she defended on September 22, Carla Roos reveals that the opposite is often the case: online communication is sometimes so clear that it can make people appear antisocial.

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Some call it a lack of orientation. I call it an invitation to the playground.

“I am 30 years old, and I will finish my Ph.D in organizational psychology this summer. You can imagine that people frequently ask me about my career plans. Depending on the situation, I tell them different things. But the truth is: I have absolutely no clue!” Close to the finishing line of her PhD, Anne-Kathrin Kleine shares her view on career goals.

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Duo interview with Jan Brouwer thesis prize winners (Chantal D’Amore & Rinske Vermeij)

The Jan Brouwer Scriptieprijs is awarded every year by the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities) to recognize the best master thesis in the country across eight categories. Last year, two students from the Heymans Institute captured both of the awards that relate to our interests: Chantal D’Amore […]

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Artistic Evaluation In A Digital World

The coronavirus catapulted us into a digital society even more rapidly than we expected. The desire and need for art as a language for shared feelings of chaos, loneliness, and hope are partially fulfilled using digital technologies and media. Yet, Gemma Schino wonders: how close are digital art experiences to the live art ones?

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Demonstration against corona measures in Berlin

Coronavirus measures? Alright – but respect my autonomy!

More and more people oppose the coronavirus measures, because they perceive them as threatening their autonomy. In this post, Anne-Kathrin Kleine explains how people’s sense of autonomy may be protected. The goals and stakes are clear: we want to stop the virus without running the risk of emerging from the crisis as a divided society.

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Reflections from someone living far away from her homeland during self-quarantine

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.

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