Mindwise is the official blog of the Psychology Department at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Reflecting on Psychology with Stephan Schleim
Today's guest is dr. Stephan Schleim, Associate Professor in Theory and History of Psychology at the Heymans Institute. We discussed why students should care about the development of a theory of (psychological) science, the changes in examination methods during the COVID-19 crisis, and how to deal with increasing performance and excellence demands in academia and education.
Stephan also shared his personal movie and book suggestions, including his all-time favourite book and Graham Greene's book "A Burn-out case". As Stephan says, "I recently read this novel, because it is used by some scholars as an argument that burn-out always existed. I investigated how much burn-out as it is described in the novel corresponds with our present understanding of the syndrome."
Cover Photo: Elsbeth Hoekstra
Happy Neurotics? - Bertus Jeronimus
Our guest in this episode is Bertus Jeronimus, researcher at the Developmental Psychology department at UG. We touch upon the controversies related with defining such an ambiguous construct as personality. Going beyond classical theories in this field, we discuss the dangers of perceiving personality as fixed and the ways in which one may alter their personality and, therefore, well-being.
Rethinking disorders – Peter de Jonge
Our guest in this episode is Prof. Peter de Jonge. We are talking about how his background in Psychiatry shaped his research in developmental psychology, how a renewed understanding of psychological disorders could lead to more effective treatment, and discuss his plans for his new position as the head of research at the Heymans.
Former Psychology students share their experiences
"I've got a degree - now what?" Good question - we were also curious and talked to some of our graduates. Join us and listen to their experiences ranging from saving lives in an ambulance to cooking in Paris. Learn about how they resolved the uncertainty of graduating and what they did with their degree.
Journeys Through Academia and America - Florian Sense
Link to Florian's blog: https://flowalks.wordpress.com/
In this episode, Yavor meets up with Florian, who is a post-doc at the Psychology Department. He tells us about how it was to graduate three times from the University of Groningen, his PhD work on improving learning methods by using cognitive modelling, and his experiences of the Pacific Crest Trail (a ~4300 km hike through the USA).
Link to our blog: https://mindwise-groningen.nl/
In this episode, we virtually visit Brazil, India, and Colombia, through the stories of Lukas, Alex, and Valentin.
The holiday season is here! During this time, many of you may travel back home, or to distant (usually hotter) lands to celebrate New Year's eve. Johanna and Mindwise present to you the first ever Adventures podcast - a series of short and casual interviews with psychology students about their experience studying abroad.
P.S. all interviews happened in Groningen, the Netherlands.
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