A year in review: The most popular Mindwise posts of 2015


We’re ready to celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of an exciting 2016, here on Mindwise, and what better way than to share with you the most popular posts from these past twelve months! We’ve been thrilled with your interest all year and we look forward to sharing with you great new things from our team!




We started the academic year with our three-part Survival Guide to Studying Psychology in Groningen and everyone apparently thought it was a good way to kick things off too! Revisit our suggestions here, here, and here and see if anything has changed or whether you’ve learned anything new you want to share.



During the summer, we shared with you the research that students in the department did, as part of their Honours College internships, and they proved to be very popular! We learned about body (dis)satisfaction, how we see patterns, what your hands say about your personality, about anxiety and stress, and how research can be crowdfunded.



Student experiences were popular all year! Many students have shared with us their experiences studying abroad during 2015 and we’ve collected them all for you to look back on here. If you’re thinking of studying abroad this year, or you just want to see how (and where!) others spent their semesters, be sure to check them out.


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Why exactly are you studying Psychology? Felix Schirmann pondered this question too, last March, and it was a question that resonated with many of our readers. It’s a question worth revisiting frequently, no doubt.



The first post of last year turned out to be one of the most popular too! How to study smarter and improve your grades, using methods and software developed in our department, based on our understanding of how humans learn and remember facts.


There they are then! Did we forget a post that you really enjoyed this year? Mention it in our comments section and see you next year!



Note: Main image by Nana B Agyei licensed under CC BY 2.0
Tassos Sarampalis on Twitter

Dr. Sarampalis is a lecturer at the Psychology department of the University of Groningen. He began his career in psychoacoustics in the UK where he worked with Deb Fantini and Chris Plack, before moving to California to work on hearing devices, first with Monita Chatterjee and then with Erv Hafter. His current research interests involve understanding the contributions of cognition in complex hearing situations and the interactions of cognition and hearing impairment. For more information, you can visit his website.

Note: Photo by Sander Martens

Select Publications

Hogenelst, K., Sarampalis, A., Leander, N. P., Müller, B. C., Schoevers, R. A., & Aan Het Rot, M. (2016). “The effects of acute tryptophan depletion on speech and behavioural mimicry in individuals at familial risk for depression.” Journal of Psychopharmacology (Oxford, England). http://doi.org/10.1177/0269881115625156

Pals, C., Sarampalis, A., van Rijn, H., & Başkent, D., (2015). “Validation of a simple response-time measure of listening effort.” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138(3), EL187-EL192.

Pals, C., Sarampalis, A., & Başkent, D. (2013). “Listening Effort with Cochlear Implant Simulations.” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Sarampalis, A., Kalluri, S., Edwards, B., Hafter, E. (2009). “Objective measures of listening effort: Effects of background noise and noise reduction,” Journal of Speech Language, and Hearing Research, 52, 1230-1240.

Hafter, E.R., Sarampalis, A., and Louie, P. (2007). “Auditory attention and filters,” in Auditory Perception of Sound Sources, edited by W. A. Yost (Springer-Verlag, New York).

Chatterjee, M, Sarampalis, A., and Oba. S.I. (2006). “Auditory stream segregation with cochlear implants: A preliminary report,” Hearing Research, 222, 100-107.

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