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Results: 1 - 40 of 104
  • 20 Jul 2020
    Is political microtargeting a threat to democracy?

    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 ...

  • 3 Jul 2020
    Offer employees challenging tasks, but vary in the type of challenge

    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 ...

  • 1 Jul 2020
    How The Hague became ‘Beat City no. 1’

    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 ...

  • 26 Jun 2020
    Understanding the effectiveness of learning within learning communities

    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 ...

  • 26 Jun 2020
    Transforming Dutch youth care. Learning from Utrecht

    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. ...

  • 24 Jun 2020
    Institutional racism and academia

    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 ...

  • 18 Jun 2020
    Humans can recognise behavioural contexts from chimpanzees’ vocalizations

    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 ...

  • 16 Jun 2020
    How is protest heard?

    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? ...

  • 8 Jun 2020
    Are strongmen a particular ‘breed’ of political figures?

    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) ...

  • 4 Jun 2020
    What explains violence in elections?

    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 ...

  • 19 May 2020
    What can we learn from street experiments?

    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 ...

  • 15 May 2020
    Closing schools increases educational inequality

    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 ...

  • 14 May 2020
    Communication scientists at the UvA turn their attention to the digital society

    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, ...

  • 1 May 2020
    In Rosie We Trust…how are families using virtual assistants?

    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 ...

  • 30 Apr 2020
    Willingness to help mainly involves own group

    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 ...

  • 20 Apr 2020
    Scientists launch website that seeks the ideal exit strategy

    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 ...

  • 15 Apr 2020
    Can we learn from our dealings with the coronavirus to stop climate change?

    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 ...

  • 9 Apr 2020
    EU-funded researchers concerned how coronavirus will impact refugees

    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 ...

  • 8 Apr 2020
    Mapping the effects of homeschooling on social inequality in educational outcomes

    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 ...

  • 8 Apr 2020
    How to make social skills training for children even better

    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 ...

  • 6 Apr 2020
    Research into ‘corona humour’

    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 ...

  • 3 Apr 2020
    UvA data scientists volunteer their expertise

    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 ...

  • 2 Apr 2020
    All at home: the impact of Covid-19 policies and media coverage on families with very young children

    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 ...

  • 31 Mar 2020
    Uncertainty, concern, fear, panic or mass hysteria?

    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 ...

  • 24 Mar 2020
    Does praying help?

    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 ...

  • 24 Mar 2020
    Most people remain decent even when under pressure

    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 ...

  • 16 Mar 2020
    The impact of economic news

    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 ...

  • 4 Mar 2020
    Fossil-free living comes at a price – the disruptive effects of lithium mining

    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 ...

  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 ...