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Results: 1 - 50 of 149
Results: 1 - 50 of 149
  • Don’t wait for that robot to take over your job
    22 Jun 2021
    AI can make people think differently about their work, causing them to question how skilled they still are and feel uncertain about the future of their job. Will your job soon be taken over by a robot? Such ...
  • Understanding Consciousness
    15 Jun 2021
    Waking up remains a strange sensation. Just one moment ago the world didn't exist for you and then, in a split second, it was there with all the smells, sounds, movements and visual sensations. For centuries ...
  • Factors contributing to science rejection across countries
    20 May 2021
    In Western nations spirituality, more than religiosity, may be the ‘enemy’ of science acceptance. That is one of the conclusions of an investigation of science skepticism in 24 countries. The study shows how levels ...
  • We are not as polarized as we think
    20 May 2021
    A major international study on political polarization found that people across the world often exaggerate political differences and negative feelings of opposing political groups. Explaining the true feelings of the ...
  • Autism and ageing
    1 Apr 2021
    When we think of autism, we tend to think of children. Yet autism does not simply disappear as you get older. Researchers in the autism lab at the University of Amsterdam are investigating the relationship between ...
  • Climate scepticism teaches us about COVID-19 scepticism
    16 Mar 2021
    Social psychological factors that explain science scepticism with regard to climate change and vaccinations also provide insights into mistrust surrounding COVID-19, according to social psychologists Bastiaan Rutjens ...
  • Negative emotions are better predictors of populist attitudes
    11 Mar 2021
    The rise of populism has been accompanied by explanations as to why people feel drawn to it. An international study across 15 European countries, carried out by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and funded ...
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    We post so much on social media because we learn from rewards
    26 Feb 2021
    People's social media use is often compared to an addiction, where the craving is for as much social reward - likes - as possible. However, empirical evidence for social media use as a reward-based behaviour is ...
  • Marie Curie Fellowships for seven UvA researchers
    11 Feb 2021
    Seven talented UvA researchers have been awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships by the European Commission. The amount awarded per fellowship ranges from around €175,000 to €280,000 euros per ...
  • Similarities between partners may lessen negative impact of attachment insecurity in couples
    3 Feb 2021
    The coronavirus crisis has put a strain on many relationships and marriages. Almost one out of every three couples already reported serious relationship issues before the crisis. Attachment insecurity is a threat to ...
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    No guts, no glory? The link between risk-taking and leadership
    1 Feb 2021
    No doubt each of us remembers the risky behaviour within the financial sector that led to a major recession. Behavioural scientists conducted research into the link between risk-taking and leadership. The study ...
  • Infographic explaining the structure of TIMELY
    AI to assist patients recovering from heart failure
    25 Jan 2021
    Rehabilitation and adapting to a new lifestyle are crucial to recovery following heart failure, but nevertheless prove to be all too difficult a task for many patients. The European project TIMELY, which is ...
  • I apologise for my behaviour: when shyness becomes a problem
    19 Jan 2021
    Extreme shyness likely emerges in very early childhood. Developmental psychologist Milica Nikolić is conducting research to determine how parents can prevent their children from becoming overly shy in later life. ...
  • How did the Dutch lockdown influence cannabis use and addiction?
    15 Jan 2021
    Covid-19 lockdown measures introduced substantial psychosocial stressors in everyday life. Did changes in mental wellbeing lead to more cannabis use and more severe cannabis disorders? A study among near daily ...
  • What does contagious laughter sound like?
    15 Dec 2020
    Feel like a good laugh? Then why not take part in a listening experiment designed by UvA psychologists. Listen to someone else laughing out loud and rate how contagious you find their laughter. You can also add your ...
  • UvA awards honorary doctorate to social theorist and author Shoshana Zuboff
    10 Dec 2020
    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is bestowing an honorary doctorate on American social theorist Shoshana Zuboff. Zuboff is receiving the honorary doctorate for her groundbreaking contribution to research into the ...
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    Can art reduce prejudice about female leaders?
    8 Dec 2020
    Women are still underrepresented in leadership roles. One major cause is unfavourable gender norms. Is it possible that art in which these norms are cast into doubt will reduce prejudice against female leadership? ...
  • Music therapy helps combat stress
    7 Dec 2020
    Stress increases the risk of physical and emotional problems, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, anxiety disorders, depression and burnout. Millions of people are on anxiety-reducing medication to diminish ...
  • Veni grants for 25 UvA and Amsterdam UMC researchers
    5 Nov 2020
    No fewer than 25 researchers from the UvA and Amsterdam UMC have been awarded Veni grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grants amount to a maximum of 250,000 euros per project. ...
  • NWO Vidi grants for 10 experienced UvA and Amsterdam UMC researchers
    4 Nov 2020
    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Vidi grants to ten researchers from the UvA and the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA, part of Amsterdam UMC). The recipients are: Camiel Boon, ...
  • Eight UvA researchers receive ERC Starting Grants
    3 Sep 2020
    The European Research Council (ERC) has this year awarded Starting Grants to eight UvA researchers. The laureates are: Thijs Bol, Janna Cousijn, Efstratios Gavves, Imke Harbers, Kristine Krause, Sanne Kruikemeier, ...
  • Effective digital mental health more necessary than ever during COVID-19 pandemic
    31 Aug 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused worldwide fear, uncertainty and restriction of movement. The physical distancing, socio-economic consequences of quarantine measures, and the loss of social support are a grave threat ...
  • Building a bias when making economic decisions
    24 Aug 2020
    Contrary to classical economic theories, people do not make economic decisions that benefit them the most but are biased towards default options. This bias has mostly been explained by how the options are framed. An ...
  • Offer employees challenging tasks, but vary in the type of challenge
    3 Jul 2020
    Employees seek challenging experiences in their job in order to develop their skills. It is no surprise then, that many people are looking for challenge. According to the results of a new study, led by organisational ...
  • Understanding the effectiveness of learning within learning communities
    26 Jun 2020
    Learning communities are in vogue to promote organizational learning. Yet, a theory that explains whether, when and why they work is missing. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam received funding to develop ...
  • Humans can recognise behavioural contexts from chimpanzees’ vocalizations
    18 Jun 2020
    A new study shows that humans can infer specific information when genetically closely related species verbally express emotions. In an experiment including over 3000 human listeners judging 155 vocalizations of 66 ...
  • Willingness to help mainly involves own group
    30 Apr 2020
    The coronavirus crisis confronts us with questions concerning common interest and self-interest. Do people and countries think of themselves or others? Research shows that while people are willing to set aside their ...
  • UvA data scientists volunteer their expertise
    3 Apr 2020
    A great deal of research and data will be required to bring the Covid-19 pandemic to a halt and solve the problems it has caused. UvA scientists are now volunteering to help conduct statistical data analysis for ...
  • Uncertainty, concern, fear, panic or mass hysteria?
    31 Mar 2020
    People worldwide are scared of the coronavirus. They are anxious that their friends and family will be infected, of that they will be infected themselves. Does that mean we are dealing with mass panic or mass ...
  • Most people remain decent even when under pressure
    24 Mar 2020
    The rapid spread of the coronavirus is generating anxiety, stress and pressure. How does this affect people? Some studies claim that stress and pressure make people greedy. Other studies, in contrast, predict ...
  • Addiction expert Reinout Wiers: ‘The mind often wins, but not always’
    25 Feb 2020
    Our trainees Maria and Mink, both aged fourteen, talked to brain researcher Reinout Wiers about his discoveries relating to addiction. He learned that automatic processes in the brain play an important role, and that ...
  • How can we improve mental health in the workplace?
    13 Feb 2020
    Stress and burn-out have a major impact on people and organisations. In a large-scale European project, researchers will develop interventions to promote our mental health at work. To this end various experimental ...
  • Marie Curie Fellowships awarded to thirteen UvA researchers
    13 Feb 2020
    Thirteen talented UvA researchers have been awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships to conduct their research. The fellowships are personal grants, which range from around €175,000 to €280,000 euros for ...
  • Eight PhD projects at Centre for Urban Mental Health to begin
    7 Feb 2020
    Eight PhD candidates will start this spring with interdisciplinary research at the Centre for Urban Mental Health at the UvA. In their projects, they will focus on psychological problems and conditions - such as ...
  • Edwin van Hooft
    Edwin van Hooft, professor of Work and Organizational Psychology
    3 Feb 2020
    Dr E.A.J. van Hooft (1975) has been appointed professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
  • Two up-and-coming UvA scientists receive Rubicon grants
    13 Jan 2020
    Physicist Horng Sheng Chia and psychologist Jonas Dalege have received Rubicon grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to do research at foreign research institutes. The Rubicon ...
  • Seven UvA researchers receive ERC Consolidator Grants
    10 Dec 2019
    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Consolidator Grants to neuroscientist Birte Forstmann, Eastern Europe researcher Artemy Kalinovsky, clinical hematologist Arnon Kater, behavourial scientist Shaul ...
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    Horizon 2020 financing for UvA projects in three major research consortia
    19 Nov 2019
    The European Union has allocated funding under the auspices of the Horizon 2020 programme to three major consortia in which the UvA is a partner. The research subjects involve the digital maturity of children, the ...
  • Man and women standing at a great distance from each other
    Does psychological distance explain distrust in science?
    14 Nov 2019
    Some people are more distrusting of science than others, especially on themes concerning climate change, vaccinations and genetic modification of food. The reasons for distrust differ per theme and can emanate from ...
  • How do we help city dwellers psychologically?
    5 Nov 2019
    People who live in the city experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and addiction at greater rates than those who live outside urban areas. More than 50% of the world’s population currently live ...
  • Han van der Maas
    'A natural sciences approach will help us resolve major social issues'
    8 Oct 2019
    From radicalisation to addiction and from congestion to depression, all major social issues rest on complex systems. Han van der Maas, recently appointed distinguished research professor of Complex Systems in Society ...
  • Science Comic The truth about dishonesty
    How do you talk about science? Use a comic strip!
    27 Sep 2019
    Forensic psychologist Bruno Verschuere and his colleagues at the UvA conduct a lot of research on the phenomenon of lying. When and why do people lie, how do you recognise lies and how do you detect lies? Along with ...
  • Man admires himself in mirror
    How do narcissistic leaders emerge and perform?
    19 Sep 2019
    Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are known for creating quite some political chaos. Still there seems to be no end to their self-confidence and belief in their own abilities. Very typical behavior for leaders with ...
  • Human emotional vocalisations: learned or innate?
    10 Sep 2019
    Are emotional expressions shaped by innate specialised mechanisms that guide learning, or do they develop exclusively from learning? In a classic ‘nature versus nurture’ study, social psychology researcher Disa ...
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    Prestigious ERC Starting Grants awarded to 10 UvA researchers
    3 Sep 2019
    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Starting Grants to no fewer than 10 researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The laureates are Marija Bartl, Cristóbal Bonelli, Thomas Buser, Corentin ...
  • Gravitation grants for the study of mental disorders and artificial intelligence
    3 Sep 2019
    Alongside a Gravitation grant of 20 million euros for research into plant stress, conducted under the aegis of the UvA, two other consortia in which UvA scientists are participating have been awarded millions in ...
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    Rubicon grant for three UvA researchers
    23 Jul 2019
    Three researchers who recently received their PhD at the University of Amsterdam have been awarded a Rubicon grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to conduct research abroad. Marie Deserno, Sylvie Lesuis and ...
  • Frenk van Harreveld, professor of Social Cognition and Behavioural Change in in Relation to Sustainability and Safety
    2 Jul 2019
    Dr F. van Harreveld (1971) has been appointed professor of Social Cognition and Behavioural change in Relation to Sustainability and Safety at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. ...
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    Behavioural and sociological dimensions of human health
    15 May 2019
    Human health might sound like a biological or medical topic, but health has many behavioural and sociological dimensions. We constantly acquire new knowledge about these aspects, giving us more and different ways of ...
  • Woman with sad face
    A better understanding of mental disorders
    12 Apr 2019
    UvA researcher Denny Borsboom continues to work towards a network model for explaining mental disorders. Through such a model, he also hopes to contribute significantly to shaping new theory in his field. He received ...