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Results: 1 - 40 of 107
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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…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
    ‘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
    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
    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
    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
    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 ...

  • 21 Feb 2019
    Do norm violators meet with disapproval – or admiration instead?

    People who disregard social conventions can be found anywhere. While they elicit some degree of disapproval in all places, in certain countries they can expect to earn admiration as well. In other words: which values ...

  • 21 Feb 2019
    How living with epilepsy impacts parents and children

    There are approximately 120,000 people with epilepsy in the Netherlands. When a child or parent has epilepsy, the impact on the immediate family can be severe. Assistant professor and child and youth care researcher ...

  • 21 Feb 2019
    A mathematical model to explain human behaviour

    The field of psychology offers a great deal of research material on how people form their opinions: what do we support, what are we against and how does this decision-making process occur? In his doctoral research ...

  • 7 Feb 2019
    The privatisation of security

    Governments and citizens alike are increasingly turning to private security firms to protect the urban space and population; the Netherlands is no exception. What impact does this growing role of private ...

  • 5 Dec 2018
    Positive effect of sharing negative emotions online

    Many adolescents and young adults share negative emotions via social media on a daily basis: worries about exams, doubts over decisions needing to be made, anxiety towards certain situations. Friends in their social ...

  • 22 Nov 2018
    Linguistic diversity in Europe: a societal challenge

    There is a tension between two goals that are key to the European ideal, namely mobility and the possibility for its citizens to move freely across internal boundaries, and diversity as the recognition of European ...

  • 22 Nov 2018
    UvA researchers contribute to The Guardian series on Populism

    In a new six-month investigative series 'What is Populism', the international newspaper The Guardian explores with researchers who the new populists are, what factors brought them to power, and what they are doing ...

  • 16 Oct 2018
    A virtual supermarket for diabetics

    UvA scientists will be developing a virtual supermarket especially for people with Type 2 diabetes. This application will help users train themselves so they are better able to resist temptations and therefore make ...

  • 11 Oct 2018
    The happiness of European Muslims post-9/11

    Aslan Zorlu (University of Amsterdam) and Paul Frijters (London School of Economics) conducted research into the happiness of European Muslims in the years since the attacks on 11 September 2001. They found a ...

  • 11 Oct 2018
    Remote sensing reveals shrinking green space in Amsterdam

    The compact city concept and green spaces are both instruments for achieving a sustainable city. Yet they are also policy areas with mutual interdependency and contradictory effects, as research by UvA urban planners ...

  • 11 Oct 2018
    How does the Dutch public feel about automated decision-making?

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) opens the door to automated decision-making (ADM). This development has given rise to both hopes and concerns regarding the impact that ADM might have on our society, and hence to a call ...

  • 13 Sep 2018
    Healthier choices with a virtual supermarket

    How do people make choices in the supermarket? And how can you help them to select healthier products? To investigate this process, UMC Utrecht and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) developed the virtual supermarket: ...

  • 13 Sep 2018
    Animation on authoritarian practices

    Authoritarian practices that seriously threaten the freedom of citizens have become an everyday topic. Take Russia, where hundreds of demonstrators were arrested last week. Or consider the violence against ...

  • 27 Jul 2018
    Citizen Science: turning patients into researchers

    Almost 8 million people in the Netherlands suffer from a chronic condition. Many have physical symptoms that cannot be addressed with common medical treatment, which has prompted them to find their own cures. With ...

  • 19 Jul 2018
    Young people mainly post moderate alcohol content on social media

    Why and how often do adolescents talk about alcohol on Facebook and Instagram? UvA researchers published the results of research on this question in the Journal of Medical Internet Research and Cyberpsychology. They ...

  • 19 Jul 2018
    Towards an alternative migration policy

    Migration and refugee issues are on political and public agendas around the globe. The European Union is looking for sustainable solutions, international cooperation and joint responsibility. An international ...

  • 19 Jul 2018
    How can we strengthen the cultural and creative industries?

    Cultural and creative industries can have a strong effect on local communities and provide both aesthetic and economic value. An international consortium led by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) will explore the role ...

  • 9 Jul 2018
    Social sciences and humanities researchers contribute to global HIV response

    There is increased need for critical scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to HIV/AIDS. The largest gathering of scientists, researchers and activists focused on social sciences and HIV in the ...

  • 29 Jun 2018
    How do teens influence each other’s behaviour?

    Teenagers are known for their reckless and impulsive behaviours, such as taking drugs, skipping classes and not wearing crash helmets. Peer pressure is the reason most often given for this type of behaviour, but just ...

  • 22 Jun 2018
    Ethnic discrimination on the labour market – the role of employers

    Ethnic discrimination on the labour market is a major concern for societies seeking equality. Unequal treatment of citizens leads to inequality, deficient participation and loss of capacity. Sociologist Bram Lancee ...