We binge-watch one Netflix show after another, we devour movies and games. Often, it is little more than mindless entertainment. Sometimes, however, it raises scientific questions. Pop culture viewed through the eyes of a scientist.
Ten years ago, UT professor Gerben Westerhof started developing ‘life review therapy’, a new method to treat depressive symptoms. Now, after trials and extensive reviews, he can positively say: ‘It is effective. It has shown significant results and it is very relevant for clinical work.’
If regular citizens collaborate with the police, they can help to fight crime. However, it is unclear what motivates people to do so. PhD candidate Wendy Schreurs aimed to uncover these reasons in her research. She even used her grandmother in one of her experiments. Schreurs is presenting her findings during her PhD defense today.
The Psychology programme at the UT has been reorganized to become ‘technical psychology’. The new curriculum is strongly focused on how technology influences human behavior. Marielle Stel, Educational Director of Psychology: ‘The world has changed, so we need to change how we teach psychology.’
Simon Oleszkiewicz’s interest in psychology was sparked about thirteen years ago when he worked as a caretaker in a mental hospital for convicted criminals. Surrounded by murderers and child molesters, he decided to delve deeper into the human psyche. Now the Assistant Professor at the University of Twente researches effective interview techniques for intelligence gathering. He uncovers the principles behind ‘master interrogation’, developing training for the police and military.
Her laptop broke down during a long train ride home and she forgot a book to read. So she decided to write her own book in five days and got it published ten days later. A short guide on how to become a basic bitch by Allegra Passmann. She is a UT student of Psychology who donates all profits from the book to Charity Water.
A woman walks into a mortuary. The mortician lifts up the sheet and the woman says: ‘Yes, that is my husband, but what detergent are you using to keep your sheets so white?’ The joke comes from ‘Das schwarze Buch’ by the German comic artist Uli Stein. It was used in a Viennese experiment with 156 subjects. These people were asked whether they liked the jokes.
Aimée van Schaik is derdejaars student psychologie en een van de gezichten van Student Report. Ze houdt van toneelspelen en presenteren, maar voelt altijd plankenkoorts. Aimée groeide op als pleegkind in een vrij gezin en noemt zichzelf een zondagskind.
Het commentaar van U-Today. De UT-vlag kan uit: in de Keuzegids stijgt de UT landelijk naar een tweede plaats en maar liefst acht opleidingen krijgen het predicaat ‘topopleiding’. Het Twents Onderwijsmodel is een jas waar de UT perfect ingroeide. Nu is het zaak om te blijven luisteren, en bij te sturen waar dat gepast is.
To interrogate or negotiate with a suspect can be highly challenging – and sometimes mistakes are made. What should law enforcement officers do if they make an error? Nobody really knew, not until PhD candidate Miriam Oostinga conducted her research at the UT’s Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety Department.
Is every day at work a struggle? Have you lost your motivation? Feeling overworked and emotionally drained? Then it might be a good idea for you to join next week´s Burnout relief workshop organized at the University of Twente.
Technologies are all around us and have the power to hugely influence our lives, so why not use them to make ourselves feel better? On that note, psychologists have been working with Behavioral intervention technologies (BITs) to promote well-being and even help with depression. Stephen Schueller from Northwestern University gave a lecture today at the UT to explain more about it.
'Objects themselves don´t lead to happiness, but they enable and inspire people to engage in activities that make them happy,' says Pieter Desmet from TU Delft. On the 19th of January 2016, Prof. Desmet visited DesignLab at the University of Twente to share his knowledge and work in the field of Positive Design, which uses the principles of positive psychology to create products that contribute to people´s wellbeing.
Gifted pupils in primary schools mostly read textbooks or work on individual assignments. But not children participating in BE COOL!-project. Those students get to design moon houses. The project introduces a new type of learning method built on collaboration and Alieke van Dijk is there to design and research this new educational approach.