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Innovation - 11.04.2024
Pessimistic view of the future influences the transition to parenthood
New sociological research from Tilburg University shows that a pessimistic view of the future in which the next generation will grow up influences young people's decision to enter parenthood. "For people with a pessimistic view of the future, it does not stop at just talking.

- 05.04.2024
Even 66-year-olds engage in online aggression
Online aggression, or intentionally hurting others online, is primarily studied among young people and young adults. However, new research shows that even 66-year take part in online aggression. "Perpetrators and victims of online aggression can be found in all'age groups," say Dr. Sara Pabian and Professor Heidi Vandebosch, researchers of the project from Tilburg University and the University of Antwerp.

Pharmacology - Economics - 26.03.2024
How to prevent social desirability bias in surveys
Marketing researcher Rik Pieters has developed, together with colleagues from other universities, a new, indirect questioning technique to improve the chance that people answer truthfully. The technique can be used, for instance, in conducting surveys or in making policies. Chances are that people tend to give socially desirable answers to direct survey questions on sensitive subjects, like watching porn, smoking during pregnancy, theft in the supermarket or illegal acquisition of prescription drugs.

Social Sciences - Politics - 14.03.2024
Unknown is unloved: Local exposure to refugees promotes more positive attitude to asylum seekers
People who live near a refugee center tend to develop a more positive attitude to asylum seekers compared to people who live further away. They are also less likely to support anti-immigration parties. This is the conclusion of research conducted by economist Sigrid Suetens and her team. The study suggests that this positive attitude is a result of contact between local residents and refugees.

Environment - 07.03.2024
Publication in Science: Loss of ecosystems incurs higher costs than previously estimated
Across the globe, animal and plant species along with their habitats are disappearing. With this loss, we also lose the 'services' they provide, such as water filtration or crop pollination. An international research team, including Sjak Smulders from Tilburg University, has proposed a new calculation approach to capture these future 'benefits' of nature.

Health - Economics - 26.02.2024
No-claim settlement can be an alternative to the deductible
The deductible and patient costs are important topics in the political debate in the Netherlands. According to health economics professor Martin Salm, a viable alternative could be the no-claim scheme, which was previously abolished in the Netherlands. He researched how no-claim refunds influence claiming behavior at a large German health insurer.

Health - 24.01.2024
Warning label on unhealthy food drives up price
As of January 1, 2024, the Nutri-Score has been introduced in the Netherlands as the official food choice logo. Consumers can thus see how (un)healthy a product is. Marketing researcher Max Pachali did research on the prices of unhealthy products with a warning label and saw that most products with such a warning became more expensive.

Economics - 15.01.2024
Bonus boost: financial incentive also works in creative teams
January, bonus time! Many companies pay out bonuses at the end of January. Economist David Schindler investigated whether bonuses work in modern work environments, where teams have to solve complex problems together. Main conclusion: bonuses are very effective and improve performance in this setting by facilitating the emergence of leadership.

Social Sciences - 07.12.2023
New Approach to Volunteerism Needed to Counter Turnover
Volunteers are of great value to society, both individually and economically. Although the number of volunteers has increased slightly this year in The Netherlands, it is still not back to pre-COVID levels. A decline in the number of volunteers is also visible worldwide. New research provides insight into volunteer turnover and offers tools for organizations to counter this turnover.

Career - 20.11.2023
Wealthy elderly benefit most from ’generation pact’
Ensuring a healthy transition into retirement for older individuals and enhancing career opportunities for the younger workforce: a 'generation pact' allows employees to reduce their working hours once they reach a certain age. The aim is to prevent older workers from dropping out before reaching retirement while creating room for newcomers in the job market.

Economics - 24.10.2023
In the subscription economy, research finds that most of us are oversubscribed
How many subscriptions do you have? A large study by Anna Paley and Niels van de Ven from Tilburg University shows that you probably have more than you realize, and that you're spending a lot more money on subscription services than you think. The researchers found a new way of nudging people towards better insight into their finances, which proves to be highly effective in helping the oversubscribed cut down on their monthly subscription charges.

Innovation - 23.10.2023
New analytical framework identifies inconsistencies in technology legislation
Since new technologies often develop very quickly, it is difficult for legislation to keep up. This can result in a mismatch, whereby the use and ramifications of a new technology are not sufficiently covered by existing regulatory framework, for instance, in data protection legislation. PhD researcher Mara Paun of Tilburg Law School has developed an analytical framework to identify and address these mismatches.

Social Sciences - 13.07.2023
Teachers play key role during school closure to keep students motivated
Teachers play a key role when it comes to making students feel seen, confident and motivated during forced school closings. The importance of emotional support is greater than teachers realize. Combined with high-quality online instruction, it makes vulnerable students participate better in classes.

Health - 04.07.2023
Impact of war on people with intellectual disability in Ukraine
In war situations, such as in Ukraine, no one is spared. But what is the impact of war on people with (intellectual) disabilities and their loved ones? New research paints a worrisome picture. People with intellectual disabilities in Ukraine suffer even more than other residents from lack of access to basic needs such as food, water and medicine.

Innovation - 05.06.2023
Audit quality can be improved by relatively minor interventions
Audit quality can be improved by giving difficult audit tasks more priority, promoting learning and innovation and a different mindset towards new technologies in auditing. This emerges from three studies by PhD candidate Christian Peters, which he will defend on Tuesday June 13, at Tilburg University.

Psychology - 31.05.2023
New open data resource for studying video game play and its effects on well-being
In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Oxford and Tilburg University have collaborated with game developer FuturLab to create a unique open online data resource to study the effects of playing video games on the well-being of players. The scientists worked with FuturLab to develop a research edition of video game PowerWash Simulator.

Politics - 19.04.2023
Broad support for generous but conditional basic income
There is reasonably broad support among Dutch voters for a basic income, according to new research by sociologists at Tilburg University. However, this must be subject to conditions. Most proponents favor a "participation income," available to everyone on the condition that a social task is performed, like volunteer work, informal care or an education.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 15.03.2023
Children's drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Children’s drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Potential talents of children with characteristics of giftedness are not always seen in mainstream education. Children's drawings, however, can play a role in early detection of their needs and talents, argues psychologist Sven Mathijssen in his dissertation titled "Back to the drawing board: Potential indicators of giftedness in human figure drawings," which he defends on March 22, 2023 2:00 pm.

Psychology - 07.02.2023
Psychology researchers disregard scientific evidence due to lack of statistical knowledge
When do research results provide sufficient evidence to support a hypothesis? It turns out that psychology researchers are usually unable to judge this properly. They often demand more evidence than is necessary. As a result, valid research sometimes ends up in the desk drawer and therapies or interventions with potential never reach the treatment room.

Life Sciences - 06.02.2023
When our mind strays from a present activity, our movements become slower and more erratic
When our minds wander during performance of a task, our fine motor movements become slower, less direct and more complex. The deeper our minds wander, the more erratic our fine movements become, indicating greater detachment from the present environment. Our brains process stimuli from the external environment more weakly and brain activity becomes more similar to brain waves that are present during sleep.