Government, media and people: it’s time to shift our attention to the Corona placebo effect!

All of us have spent recent months tackling the crisis and steeling ourselves to deal within the struggle against Corona. Some people have called it a war; many have classed it as the most serious crisis we have ever had to face, and one that is likely to have disastrous and unpredictable effects. But aren’t …

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The importance of coffee breaks

Coffee breaks with colleagues – what a blast! In the midst of the corona crisis and having to work from home, I realize again how important these small moments are. But why is it so important to have breaks with our colleagues? Even though I regularly meet with colleagues and friends online, working from home …

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Having The Talk with my white son

Children’s worlds are coloured by their parents’ explanations about the world, which transmit implicit values. So how do you explain racism? If we don’t talk about it, we’re pretending it doesn’t exist, or it’s irrelevant. As a parent, you try to estimate when your child is ready to learn about the world. It starts small …

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Why does music move you?

Have you ever found yourself dancing, caught up in music? We often attend events where we listen to music and find ourselves starting to dance without even noticing. We shake, clap, tap, and let our body swing with the rhythm. Music cognition influences human behavior and makes us move, but how? Music and dancing are …

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An unboxable truth

This year, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld won the International Booker Prize for ‘The Discomfort of Evening’. As part of my Clinical Psychology course, I tried to paint a psychological portrait of the protagonist Jas, and to determine a diagnosis. Determining a diagnosis for Jas turned out to be more difficult than I had thought… because in …

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Paradox of Choice

Choosing from a variety of options is often hard. Deciding which dish to eat, which movie to watch, what to listen to, or what to do in general… it’s quite an issue. This subject drew my attention because I face it in my everyday life. People tend to have a variety of options that they …

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The sweet taste of revenge

When someone hurts your feelings, you might feel the urge to hurt them back. Even though it can feel satisfying in the moment, it is not always the wisest decision in the long term. So why do we still do it? And what happens in the brain during revenge? ‘Revenge is sweet’ is a phrase …

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