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  • 25 Feb 2020
    Addiction expert Reinout Wiers: ‘The mind often wins, but not always’

    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 ...

  • 14 Feb 2020
    How Airbnb markets black-majority neighbourhoods

    Airbnb attracts increasing numbers of tourists to neighbourhoods where the traditional hotel industry is limited or absent. This popularity of ‘real urban’ experiences in ‘off-the-beaten-track’ areas has impact on ...

  • 13 Feb 2020
    How can we improve mental health in the workplace?

    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 ...

  • 29 Jan 2020
    Portrait Judith Möller
    Do algorithms make us even more radical?

    ‘Technology ensures that we’re all served our own personalised news cycle. As a result, we only get to hear the opinions that correspond to our own. The result is polarisation’. Or so the oft-heard theory goes. But ...

  • 23 Jan 2020
    Give willing Member States and European cities a central role in the asylum system

    A central European asylum system supported by all Member States is never going to happen. Organise the reception of asylum seekers among willing Member States, let the other Member States financially contribute and ...

  • 20 Jan 2020
    Mark Jordans uses science to improve psychological support for children in war zones

    To reduce the huge psychological suffering of children in war zones: this mission is what drives Mark Jordans, who was recently named professor by special appointment of Global Child and Adolescent Mental Health at ...

  • 17 Dec 2019
    Don’t drink, it’s fun

    On social media, young adults frequently encounter information that is in some way related to alcohol: from professional anti-alcohol advertisements, to strongly pro-alcohol posts by party-loving friends. These ...

  • 6 Dec 2019
    Are we doing something wrong? Do we need to make a change?

    A recent headline in The Guardian stated that 11,000 scientists are warning of unprecedented suffering as a result of climate change. In fact, since the year 2000, a total of 260,000 scientific articles have been ...

  • 29 Nov 2019
    Plastic bag in the sea
    Virtual Reality for cleaner oceans

    We know that plastic pollutes our oceans on a large scale. Still, plastic is part of our daily lives. How can we reduce our plastic consumption and contribute to cleaner oceans? This question is at the heart of a new ...

  • 28 Nov 2019
    Who are the private investors in the housing market, and how is their rise impacting the market?

    Since the financial crisis reached its lowest point in 2013, the number of private investors in the Dutch housing market has been growing. Their large market share is a new phenomenon in the Netherlands and concerns ...

  • 28 Nov 2019
    Protest of Black Lives Matter
    Social media influence protests, but so do local circumstances

    There is a strong link between social media and civil protests. Social media allow people all over the world to connect to an issue and to take action. Are activists better able to mobilise through social media, and ...

  • 14 Nov 2019
    Man and women standing at a great distance from each other
    Does psychological distance explain distrust in science?

    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 ...

  • 30 Oct 2019
    Ren Yee
    FMG academics are entering into a partnership with architects and designers: 'Testing Research in Practice'

    Academics in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) at the University of Amsterdam are entering into a partnership with UNSense, a company operating at the cutting edge of architecture and technology. ...

  • 29 Oct 2019
    DJ playing music
    The electronic dance scenes in the UK and in America

    Dance is a global phenomenon. But in the early years it was chiefly in the United Kingdom that dance grew into a successful industry while in the United States – the cradle of dance – the genre failed to break into ...

  • 10 Oct 2019
    Chinese economy
    A new perspective on China’s rapid economic emergence

    Over the course of his study, political scientist Julian Gruin spoke to 60 policymakers, bankers and (retired) members and officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to get an answer to the question that has been ...

  • 8 Oct 2019
    Han van der Maas
    'A natural sciences approach will help us resolve major social issues'

    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 ...

  • 27 Sep 2019
    Science Comic The truth about dishonesty
    How do you talk about science? Use a comic strip!

    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 ...

  • 19 Sep 2019
    Man admires himself in mirror
    How do narcissistic leaders emerge and perform?

    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 ...

  • 27 Aug 2019
    Prof Agneta Fischer
    FMG dean Agneta Fischer to attend Real Opening of Academic Year in Leiden

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) dean Agneta Fischer will be attending the Real Opening of the Academic Year in Leiden with her colleague Fred Weerman from the Faculty of Humanities. Organised by ...

  • 26 Aug 2019
    de Vreese, Claes
    How are artificial intelligence and data affecting our society?

    Data plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives. What effects and consequences is this having? How are citizens adapting to the new developments? These questions are key to the research of Claes de ...

  • 22 Jul 2019
    Funding for new research

    Four FMG research teams receive funding in the NWO Open Competition – SSH. This instrument makes funding available for the best research proposals in the humanities and social sciences, without any thematic limitations.

  • 15 Jul 2019
    Young man is listening to music
    Music interventions reduce stress

    Stress negatively impacts our health. We know that better and better. But how can we reduce stress when our daily environments keep stress levels up? Scientists looked into the effects of music interventions by ...

  • 4 Jul 2019
    Couple laughing about a movie
    User comments influence YouTube viewing experience

    Online videos on platforms such as YouTube can entertain us because they are funny and provide enjoyment. But they can also affect us because they are sad or tragic. UvA scientists studied the effect of user comments ...

  • 21 Jun 2019
    Girl gets anxious on crowded road crossing
    UvA invests substantially in interdisciplinary research on urban mental health

    Urban living is on the rise. Urban environments, like Amsterdam, are characterized by features that make city life not only attractive and exciting, but also more challenging and stressful than rural environments, ...

  • 17 Jun 2019
    Teenagers bicycling through the city
    Does independent mobility help children know their cities better?

    When we travel from A to B we are exposed to our physical environments. This can influence how we feel about our cities, especially in times when we seem to increasingly live in social and spatial bubbles. How is ...

  • 3 Jun 2019
    Mother and child
    Mindful training with baby relieves parental stress

    Being a mother is typically expected to bring joy, but motherhood in the early years can also bring a lot of stress. UvA researchers found that Mindful training with your baby/toddler can help to relieve parental ...

  • 15 May 2019
    Still animation movie health-square only
    Behavioural and sociological dimensions of human health

    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 ...

  • 13 May 2019
    Billboard with posters for the European elections
    Dutch have nuanced opinions on Europe

    This year's European elections will be held on 23 May. How do the Dutch really feel about Europe? UvA research has revealed that Dutch people have reasonably nuanced opinions on this topic.

  • 3 May 2019
    Don Corleone in The Godfather
    Organised crime groups and popular culture

    Most of us are unlikely to enter the world of organised crime in our daily lives. Nevertheless, criminal gangs, the Mafia and cartels are extremely popular global phenomena in street art, film, video games and ...

  • 18 Apr 2019
    March against Brexit
    Brexit: the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

    Brexit has been delayed till latest 31 October. Before that date the UK has to find consensus on the way forward. ‘Is this the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?’, wonders Brexit expert Jonathan Zeitlin.

  • 12 Apr 2019
    Woman with sad face
    A better understanding of mental disorders

    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 ...

  • 11 Apr 2019
    Bruce Springsteen
    Bruce Springsteen makes the decline of the American city tangible

    The vast body of work by Bruce Springsteen offers a gripping picture of the decline of the industrial American city. Economic geographer Robert Kloosterman analyses how Springsteen's work illustrates this decline.

  • 29 Mar 2019
    Gender Muslim framing
    How do gender and sexuality factor into the ‘Muslim Question’?

    In Europe, including here in the Netherlands, Islam and Muslims are increasingly problematised in a manner reminiscent of the historical emergence of the ‘Jewish Question’. Beyond the ‘us/them’ mentality, this ...

  • 27 Mar 2019
    Leaving the EU
    Why it is hard to exit the EU

    New developments in the Brexit saga move faster than we can write about. Why is it so difficult to exit from the EU? ‘The institutional cooperation among member states within the EU is extremely deep and in many ...

  • 25 Mar 2019
    Brexit March London
    Brexit…or not? Interview with Jonathan Zeitlin

    EU leaders agreed to a short Brexit extension. Almost a million people marched the streets of London for a second vote on Brexit, and 5 million people have signed an online petition to cancel Brexit. Which ...

  • 20 Mar 2019
    Hans Brug FMG dean
    ‘We shouldn’t force people, but promote and facilitate healthy behaviour’

    How can we make sure that people can and want to live as healthily as possible? This is the key question informing the research of Hans Brug, recently appointed non-salaried professor of Health Behaviour at the ...

  • 18 Mar 2019
    Prof Christian Burgers, hoogleraar FMG
    How can we use strategic communication to deal with changes in technology?

    Christian Burgers has been named professor by special appointment of Strategic Communication at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, effective 1 March 2019. As a professor by special appointment, Burgers ...

  • 15 Mar 2019
    Online health information on tablet
    Customising online health information to suit personal preferences

    The number and use of health websites have grown enormously in recent years. UvA doctoral candidate Minh Hao Nguyen has investigated the importance of these websites specifically to older patients with cancer. Good ...

  • 15 Mar 2019
    Woman advertises on youtube
    Children don’t mind advertisements in YouTube videos

    Children don’t mind advertisements in YouTube videos, as long as the videos are fun to watch and the brand fits the YouTuber. This is the main outcome of research carried out by communication scientist Eva van ...

  • 14 Mar 2019
    People trying to listen to each other
    Dutch people have trouble understanding Japanese expression of anger

    Are Dutch and Japanese people able to understand each other’s nonverbal expressions of emotions? Disa Sauter (University of Amsterdam) and Michiko Yoshie (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and ...