Lost in Dissemination? Gender Representation of Dutch Professors in Newspapers and Social Media
Are women professors often quoted in newspapers? And are men professors highly active on social media? This project answers these questions by considering whether and why women professors are represented in news and social media at different numbers than men professors. This representation in the public arena has become increasingly important for professors as the dissemination of scientific knowledge to the general public is a growing and essential part of professors’ activities and evaluation. This project sets out to study this among all Dutch professors (1990-2021) through a series of new database linkages and computational methods.
Inducing awe to help people perform environmentally friendly behaviour
There is strong scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions generated by humans is the major reason for the accelerated pace in which our planet is warming up. The destructive impact of human overconsumption is an importantpredictor of this temperature increase. Thus, novel interventions to help people make more conscious decisions about their purchases and decrease their consumption is urgently needed. The current project will develop and test such an intervention that aims to elicit wonder and awe for the environment, which is assumed to lead to pro-environmental behaviour. This goal is achieved by applying state-of-the-art Virtual Reality technology.
Curiosity in cognitive aging
Curiosity is an intrinsic motivational driver of behaviour that shapes our experiences. While the importance of curiosity during development and young adulthood has received great attention, its role in cognitive aging remains underexplored. Curiosity has the potential to promote cognitive stimulation to build protective resources that mitigate against cognitive decline. The aim of this project is to provide the first systematic evidence to reveal the positive effect of curiosity on cognition in older age, supporting its potential to promote healthy cognitive aging.
Understanding social anxiety where it matters most
Patients with social anxiety disorder fear negative evaluation from others. However, research is scarce on how social anxiety manifests during actual social interactions, hindering our understanding and treatment of the disorder. This project aims to investigate the impact of evaluative demands from live social interactions on individuals with social anxiety, differentiating between anxiogenic effects of 1) beliefs about interaction partners and 2) changes during the interaction itself. The findings will help identify factors contributing to the manifestation of social anxiety during social interactions, the context where it matters most.