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  • A crazy little thing: Cold love

    A crazy little thing: Cold love

    A fresh start to a new year. Some take it literally and take a dive in the chilling ocean. For most, the thought sends a shiver down the spine. But taking that plunge might not be a bad idea. Should exposing yourself to cold be one of your resolutions?
  • How to deal with the threat of terrorism in children?

    How to deal with the threat of terrorism in children?

    News of terrorist attacks is on TV almost daily, and the threat of terrorism affects everyone, including children. Being aware of our reactions and enhancing our sense of control may help us to handle both children’s fears of terrorism and our own.
  • Sinterklaas: Gratitude or lies?

    Sinterklaas: Gratitude or lies?

    It’s almost December: Sinterklaas is now in town and children are eagerly waiting for him, or probably for his gifts. Most children receive many gifts in December, but did you know that children sometimes feel the need to lie in response to Sinterklaas?
  • Should research always be fun?

    Should research always be fun?

    Sometimes it is necessary to elicit negative feelings in studies. For example, by getting socially anxious participants to give a speech that will be judged by peers. A difficult task for participants, but it results in important insights in this disorder.
  • The Horrors of Halloween: Trick or Treat?

    The Horrors of Halloween: Trick or Treat?

    Falling leaves, days getting darker: the end of October is approaching! While some people prefer to stay warm by the fire, there are others who would rather go out in search of a good scare during Halloween. But why do some people enjoy being scared silly?
  • Are you on the pill?

    Are you on the pill?

    “Are you on the pill?” This question should always be put to female participants in psychological research. Here’s why researchers should not ignore pill use. And some tips and tricks for pill research…
  • Could you recognize our future Einstein?

    Could you recognize our future Einstein?

    Did you know Einstein didn’t talk till he was four or read till he was seven? Or that Edison’s parents and teachers thought him retarded? Today we consider Einstein and Edison geniuses. How come their giftedness was not recognized when they were children?
  • Discussing alcohol: To speak or not to speak?

    Discussing alcohol: To speak or not to speak?

    Say you’re asked to improve public health by designing an intervention that stimulates interpersonal communication, based on the idea that discussing unhealthy behaviors stimulates people to behave in a more healthy way. Would it work and why (or why not)?
  • Twins: similar and unique?

    Twins: similar and unique?

    'Who are the Ultimate Twins?' With this slogan a Dutch TV programme set out to find the twins who were most similar in looks, personality, and behavior. One pair had defeated 229 pairs, leaving viewers wondering about how they can be so similar yet unique.
  • How we vote

    How we vote

    Although we like to think that our vote is solely the outcome of rational deliberation, research demonstrates the various influences on our political preferences. Even the language that is used might impact our ideological leanings.
  • Bieber Fever - Why teens obsess over celebrities

    Bieber Fever - Why teens obsess over celebrities

    The arena is filled with excitement, lights go dim and an intense roar rises up from the stadium full of fans, as their idol enters the stage. Most of these fans are teenage girls - why are teenagers especially prone to obsessing over pop stars?
  • Decision making in the game of life

    Decision making in the game of life

    Jonathan Barnhoorn | | 0
    Recent research has revealed a causal link between serotonin levels and people’s ‘sense of fairness’. A fascinating discovery because serotonin levels are in part dependent on what we eat. So, can you eat yourself toward a fairer world?
  • Can you ‘pose’ your way to success?

    Can you ‘pose’ your way to success?

    Tina van Dam | | 1
    Have you ever wondered why is it that sometimes you perform extremely well at presentations or job interviews while at other times your brain seems to freeze? Your performance in such tasks depends on the levels of two hormones: testosterone and cortisol.
  • Should Obama express anger or disappointment?

    Should Obama express anger or disappointment?

    President Obama’s plan to expand background checks on gun buyers was rejected last month by the Senate. Should Obama have communicated anger, or disappointment to influence Republicans’ voting behavior? Some insights derived from negotiation research.
  • Measuring the unconscious mind

    Measuring the unconscious mind

    People are unaware of much of the knowledge they possess, making it hard for psychologists to study this knowledge. We need ways to investigate the unconscious mind, and perhaps making use of people’s greediness is one of the ways to do this.