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Psychology - Health - 16.12.2021
Older people experience more positive and less negative emotions during the pandemic
Getting old is usually seen as unappealing, but ageing in fact has some positive effects. One of the advantages of getting old is feeling better. Older people generally experience more positive and less negative emotions than younger people. In a new study published in Psychological Science, Rui Sun and Disa Sauter from the University of Amsterdam tested whether this advantage of older people would also hold during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Physics - Health - 14.07.2021
NWO-Vidi grants worth 800,000 for 13 UvA researchers
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded Vidi grants worth 800,000 each to 13 experienced researchers from the UvA and the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. The grants will enable them to develop their own innovative lines of research and set up research groups over the next five years. The Vidi grants are aimed at experienced researchers who have already conducted successful research for a number of years after their PhD.

Health - 04.05.2021
How big is a fragment?
How big is a fragment?
When a drinking glass falls on the floor and breaks, the shards will vary in size from large to extremely small. For the broken glass of a bus shelter, the story is different: all fragments have roughly the same size. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam, Unilever Vlaardingen and EPFL Lausanne investigated the breaking phenomenon, and discovered that two very different processes cause the two types of shards.

Social Sciences - Health - 19.01.2021
I apologise for my behaviour: when shyness becomes a problem
I apologise for my behaviour: when shyness becomes a problem
Extreme shyness likely emerges in very early childhood. Developmental psychologist Milica Nikolic is conducting research to determine how parents can prevent their children from becoming overly shy in later life. Extreme shyness can have a negative impact on both mental and physical health. Almost everyone has experienced it at one time or another: all eyes are on us - for example during a presentation at work - and we suddenly feel shy.