A year ago, I received great news: I’d been awarded a Rubicon grant! This grant enabled me to work with Prof. Daniel Pine, based at the National Institute of Mental Health (US). But how could I perform an innovative, international scientific project in a pandemic?
Faced with an anarchistic database of four million psychological articles, psychological researchers’ searching techniques seem woefully inadequate to find the state of the art. It is our academical duty to do far better. Literature searching is a difficult and essential skill of ‘slow science’.
Effectively supporting young people in coping better with COVID-19 related stress requires detailed understanding of the factors that influence resilient functioning. But what are those factors and what concrete actions can be taken to support young people in building resilience?
Without duality in consumerism, we’d have an easier job pinpointing the effects of mere material purchases. With the subtle addition of experientiality, however, consumerism contributes towards individuals’ self-concept and not just basic needs.
Weak ties contribute to a sense of belonging, so how does that work for autistic teens at school? Isn’t it a fact that autistic pupils do not fancy small talk and rather stay alone? Better autism awareness can contribute to changing such misconceptions.
In the age of consumerism and glossy advertising, it’s becoming harder to focus on what’s essential. This is no secret and brands surely know it. In a highly elusive market, you, the consumer, are an important asset and they want you to pledge allegiance.