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Results: 1 - 40 of 111
  • Why we need small fish
    15 Oct 2020
    For millions of people, small fish such as mackerel, sardines and anchovies are a crucial source of food. Small fish are nutritious, cheap, and can be found swimming in schools all over the world. Despite this fact, ...
  • Trump’s personality might have become too much for strong Republicans
    15 Oct 2020
    A handful of weeks out of one of the most important presidential elections of our lifetime, Joe Biden is consolidating his lead in polls. And, yet, Donald Trump’s approval rate remains relatively stable. Is Trump ...
  • Verhulst Award presented to talented young researcher
    30 Sep 2020
    On Tuesday September 29, the Verhulst Award was presented for the first time to an excellent young researcher in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. The award was presented to Runyu Zou for his publication ...
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    Do politics make you sweat or frown?
    21 Sep 2020
    We tend to have strong feelings when it comes to politicians, ranging from disgust to enthusiasm. So just how deep-seated are these feelings? Bert Bakker, Matthijs Rooduijn and Gijs Schumacher studied physical ...
  • The rise and success of economic sanctions
    8 Sep 2020
    The use of economic sanctions continues to rise around the globe. ‘While democracy and liberal institutions have led to the decline of war, they paradoxically have also triggered the rise of economic coercion as a ...
  • Embed public values in AI development
    3 Sep 2020
    Digital systems are becoming ever smarter and able to self-learn. This can be great for end users, who will receive much better services. But to what extent are public values safeguarded in this development? Do we ...
  • 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 ...
  • Is political microtargeting a threat to democracy?
    20 Jul 2020
    Microtargeting allows political players to send tailored messages to citizens in order to influence them. This could explain the successful Leave campaign in the UK, not to mention the surprising election of Donald ...
  • 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 ...
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    How The Hague became ‘Beat City no. 1’
    1 Jul 2020
    What made The Hague into a place that could produce such worldwide hits as Venus and Radar Love? According to social geographers Robert Kloosterman and Amanda Brandellero, it was a combination of influences from the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Transforming Dutch youth care. Learning from Utrecht
    26 Jun 2020
    Since 2015, Dutch municipalities are responsible for all youth care. Most Dutch municipalities have made limited progress in achieving the main goals of the reform while also struggling with endemic budget deficits. ...
  • Institutional racism and academia
    24 Jun 2020
    The killing of George Floyd has prompted renewed focus on institutional racism around the world, including in the Netherlands. However, not everybody agrees on what institutional racism is, how it operates and how we ...
  • 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 ...
  • How is protest heard?
    16 Jun 2020
    Protest is an important means of making yourself heard as a citizen, and sometimes even the last resort. We see this with the protests in the US and in Hong Kong, but also closer to home. But how is protest heard? ...
  • Are strongmen a particular ‘breed’ of political figures?
    8 Jun 2020
    We know much about the behaviour and policies of right-wing autocrats, but little was known about their personality profile. Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam) and Emre Toros (Hacettepe University, Ankara) ...
  • What explains violence in elections?
    4 Jun 2020
    Last year, more than one hundred people died during the general elections in Nigeria. When and why do we see such violence? How can we understand why politicians sometimes engage in violence themselves, while in ...
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    What can we learn from street experiments?
    19 May 2020
    For a long time the car appeared to be the dominant force in urban streets but, increasingly, we are seeing experiments which aim to design streets as places for people. Especially now that our use of public spaces ...
  • Closing schools increases educational inequality
    15 May 2020
    When the schools in the Netherlands closed on 16 March, children had to learn at home and parents took up a key responsibility to assist them. Preliminary research by the University of Amsterdam suggests that this ...
  • Communication scientists at the UvA turn their attention to the digital society
    14 May 2020
    Computers and technology are becoming increasingly important in society. What algorithms determine what my Facebook Timeline looks like? How harmful is misinformation? And who do we think would make fairer decisions, ...
  • In Rosie We Trust…how are families using virtual assistants?
    1 May 2020
    Virtual assistants, which use speech recognition to carry out a growing number of tasks, are becoming increasingly popular. We still do not know much about how families with young children are using this new type of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Scientists launch website that seeks the ideal exit strategy
    20 Apr 2020
    The intelligent lockdown is certainly necessary, but is also causing serious damage to society on almost every conceivable level. That’s why it’s essential to resume ‘normal life’ as quickly as possible. So it’s a ...
  • Can we learn from our dealings with the coronavirus to stop climate change?
    15 Apr 2020
    The speed at which people adapt to stop the spread of Covid19 is impressive. It contrasts with the speed and motivation to adjust behaviour when it comes to other global issues, such as climate change. Why this ...
  • EU-funded researchers concerned how coronavirus will impact refugees
    9 Apr 2020
    Concern for the well-being of refugees is growing. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm over conditions in crowded reception centres on five Greek islands. Is the EU doing enough to ...
  • Mapping the effects of homeschooling on social inequality in educational outcomes
    8 Apr 2020
    UvA sociologist Thijs Bol is going to map the short- and long-term effects of homeschooling during the coronacrisis on social inequality in educational outcomes. This project is co-financed by ODISSEI in the extra ...
  • How to make social skills training for children even better
    8 Apr 2020
    We all want children to be able to function well in social groups, and various social skills training programmes are available for children for whom this is a challenge. Studies have already proven these training ...
  • Research into ‘corona humour’
    6 Apr 2020
    UvA communication scientist Mark Boukes collects and analyses corona humour from around the globe, together with Giselinde Kuipers from KU Leuven. What differences exist between humorous expressions in various ...
  • 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 ...
  • All at home: the impact of Covid-19 policies and media coverage on families with very young children
    2 Apr 2020
    Before the Covid-19 pandemic a team of UvA sociologists launched a research project to study the daily lives of Amsterdam families with very young children. During this pandemic the project continues, now also ...
  • 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 ...
  • Does praying help?
    24 Mar 2020
    In these uncertain times, we do whatever we can to feel a certain sense of control. Some buy surgical masks and hoard supplies, while others organise a national day of prayer. UvA social psychologist Michiel van Elk ...
  • 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 ...
  • The impact of economic news
    16 Mar 2020
    Recent economic news has certainly been gloomy. Studies confirm that negative economic news causes us to think more negative thoughts and can lead to a loss of confidence in the political system. Surprisingly, these ...
  • Portrait Cristóbal Bonelli
    Fossil-free living comes at a price – the disruptive effects of lithium mining
    4 Mar 2020
    Demand for electric cars has exploded as a result of the energy transition, propelling demand for the main raw material in car batteries: lithium. However, efforts to make one part of the world 'greener' are ...
  • 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 Airbnb markets black-majority neighbourhoods
    14 Feb 2020
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Portrait Judith Möller
    Do algorithms make us even more radical?
    29 Jan 2020
    ‘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 ...
  • Give willing Member States and European cities a central role in the asylum system
    23 Jan 2020
    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 ...