Can culture make us lonely? Our research suggests that the answer is yes: we found higher individualism to be associated with higher loneliness. In a future research/film project, we will now explore whether culture can give rise to differences in loneliness experiences. Sounds interesting? Join us as a research assistant!
Have you ever wondered how (and why) researchers at our faculty arrived where they are at today? Whether you did or did not before–this article will give you a brief insight into how dr. Nina Hansens pathway looks like and how it influences her current work. Dr. Hansen is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at […]
On Thursday October 18th 2018, Marloes Huis defended her PhD dissertation in which she discusses how training women in the context of microfinance services can strengthen their empowerment. Both women’s needs and the context should be considered in such training.
After 2.5 years only 11% of the refugees who arrived in the Netherlands in 2014 have found a paid job. Together with The Hague Process, researchers and students from the RUG are investigating the challenges refugees face when finding a job and are developing a training to prepare Dutch employers to hire and integrate new refugees. Society and science can learn from each other.
Amidst the ongoing global phenomenon of population aging, Bibiana Armenta studies processes that affect the well-being of adults who are stepping into old age. Tomorrow, June 21st, she will defend her dissertation in which she outlines how a new identity as an older adult is shaped and in turn shapes the well-being of adults between their 50s and 70s.
On June 11, 2018, Aafke van Mourik Broekman will defend her thesis, in which she shows that we have the ability to internalize a sense of solidarity from the groups we observe. This does not only change how we feel about the group expressing the solidarity, but can also alter our behaviour and our relations with other people around us.
Compassion has previously been shown to trigger positive feelings and a desire to help others. But there may be more to it. Monday January 29th, dr. Wim Meerholz defended his dissertation in which he explains that compassion needs not have only positive effects.
How does the experience of trauma impact women’s empowerment and economic participation over time? Social and clinical psychologists join efforts to follow the development of Bolivian girls over the next ten years.
Most of us may be horrified by mass shootings, but might some people get inspired by such attacks? We explore how certain gun owners, especially those struggling with failure and fear, could become tempted to perceive their own guns as sources of personal empowerment.