Mindwise Podcast



Mindwise is the official blog of the Psychology Department at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.


  • Reflecting on Psychology with Stephan Schleim

    24/05/2020 Duration: 35min

    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

    02/06/2019 Duration: 38min

    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

    13/05/2019 Duration: 32min

    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

    21/03/2019 Duration: 46min

    "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

    20/02/2018 Duration: 41min

    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/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindwisegroningen/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mw_groningen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindwise.faces/

  • Adventures!

    17/12/2017 Duration: 26min

    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. Image source: https://www.flickr.com/people/joe57spike/?rb=1

  • Social Constructionism - Maarten Derksen

    26/10/2017 Duration: 20min

    In this episode we talk to Maarten Derksen about social constructionism, bringing arguments for but also against it. How do social constructionist theories differ from mainstream psychological ones? Why do constructionists take some constructs for given but question others? Tune in to find out!

  • From Mind To Brain - Markus Eronen

    26/10/2017 Duration: 19min

    Today we discuss reductionism of psychology to neuroscience with the newly appointed assistant professor at the Department of Theory and History, Markus Eronen. We touch upon arguments in favor and against reductionism, as well as how that translates into treatment of mental disorders.

  • Cultural Evolution - Jeremy Burman

    26/10/2017 Duration: 18min

    In this podcast we talk to Jeremy Burman (@BurmanPhD on Twitter) about the topic of cultural evolution as taught in the Controversies in Psychology course. We get to know about the use of memes in the study of cultural evolution, interdisciplinary methodological importations, but also about a unified theory of cultural evolution and its implications for society.

  • The Replicability Crisis - Maarten Derksen

    18/10/2017 Duration: 22min

    In this podcast, we talk to Maarten Derksen about the Replicability Crisis in Psychology based on a lecture in the Controversies in Psychology course. We touch upon the pros and cons of direct versus conceptual replications, ethical principles of conducting replications, but also bullying in the academia and the impact it has on the way science is done.

  • A Broader Definition of Beauty - Simon Dalley

    03/10/2017 Duration: 18min

    Hello dear listeners! dr. Simon Dalley is here to talk to us about body dissatisfaction. Why does it arise, and how can we change people's attitudes towards their body? We talk about the influence of social media and TV, different types of comparing, and the different outcomes of body dissatisfaction. How should we combat this? Should changes happen on a cultural or personal level?

  • Psychology and the Environment - Linda Steg

    08/07/2017 Duration: 25min

    Here is an episode with Linda Steg, professor of Environmental Psychology at the RuG. We talk about two approaches to lessening the human impact on global warming, the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump's decision to abandon it, and more. Which approach do you think will have a larger impact? If you're interested in this podcast, subscribe to us on Soundcloud (goo.gl/YTBaCj) and iTunes (goo.gl/Q9XtxH). Check www.mindwise-groningen.nl for more psychology-related content!

  • In Time - Hedderik van Rijn

    12/05/2017 Duration: 33min

    Hello, dear listeners! It's been a while since our last episode, good to see you again. Today, we present to you our talk with Hedderik van Rijn. He is a cognitive neuroscientist, currently researching how humans perceive and keep track of time. We talk about his work, particularly on the challenges of obtaining the prestigious Vici grant, and dip our toes in the theoretical background of his research. Do you want your future robot to be able to pour you a glass of milk? Hedderik van Rijn's work will help equip robots with a more human-like time perception.

  • A History of Meaning - Jeremy Burman

    19/02/2017 Duration: 33min

    We sat down in Jeremy Burman's (@BurmanPhD on Twitter) book-filled office to talk about... well, a lot of things. He is a historian of science, currently investigating Jean Piaget's lost work on child development, among many other topics. He shares with us his personal history, which starts in the "dot-com" era, hoping to become a multimillionaire. Why did he switch from dreaming of market dominance to writing about how concepts change over time? - mindwise-groningen.nl

  • Sebastiaan Mathôt - Pupillary (Open) Science

    24/11/2016 Duration: 29min

    http://www.cogsci.nl/ - his blog http://osdoc.cogsci.nl/ - OpenSesame Sebastiaan recently started working as an assistant professor at the Experimental Psychology department here in Groningen. In this episode, we get to meet him for the first time. His experimental work deals with vision, and more specifically- the study of pupillometry. He shares a lot of interesting findings about pupils, for example that covert attention (i.e. looking at an object with “your mind’s eye”, and not fixating your view on it) plays an interesting role in pupil size. He has a lifelong interest in computer science, but what made him decide to switch to studying cognition? How does computer science influence a modern researcher’s work? What are his tips for novices? Sebastiaan is also the creator of OpenSesame- a freeware alternative for designing psychology experiments. The second half of the podcast is an interesting conversation about open science, and possible ways to improve the paper-publishing cycle in the future! Be su

  • Marieke Timmerman- Behind The Scenes Of The Exam Committee

    25/08/2016 Duration: 25min

    http://www.rug.nl/staff/m.e.timmerman/ prof. dr. Marieke Timmerman joins Airi in our attempt at a 'How Stuff Works?' episode about the Examination Committee of the Psychology Programme. The committee is well known to us students, but its functions and capabilities are still a mystery to many. Should you send that angry email after you fail with 1 mistake too many, and how many questions can be removed from an exam? Many details await! Listen, enjoy, and of course feel free to let us know what you think!

  • Jacob Jolij- Neuroscientist on the Fringe

    05/06/2016 Duration: 27min

    Julian sits down with dr. Jacob Jolij, a Cognitive Neuroscientist at Groningen's Psychology Department. Most memorable among students as the gatekeeper of the psychology bachelor- the lecturer of Intro to Psychology in the beginning of the 1st year. They talk about applying cognitive research to new technologies, working with Spotify, becoming famous for conducting research on the ultimate feel-good song, his favourite teaching experiences, and round off the podcast with an apologetic discussion of the TEDx format. https://twitter.com/jjolij http://www.jolij.com/ Photo ©SanderMartens

  • Anselm Fuermaier- ADHD In Society

    28/05/2016 Duration: 27min

    "In a society where so much is expected from us, isn't it "normal" to have symptoms like ADHD?" This time, we sit down with dr. Anselm Fuermaier and discuss his main field of research - ADHD. Although it is now accepted as a highly prevalent disorder, is there a chance that it might be overdiagnosed? Anselm discusses his thoughts with us. ----- http://mindwise-groningen.nl/?s=fuermaier https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anselm_Fuermaier

  • Sicco De Knecht - Science in Transition?

    20/05/2016 Duration: 45min

    Today's special guest is Sicco de Knecht. He is a PhD student in neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam, and an active participant in the ReThink movement (http://rethinkuva.org/about-rethink-uva/). He is a prolific writer for the internet journal De Fusie In 2015, and was elected ‘m/w of the year’ by UvA's university newspaper Folia. Sicco's writing: (1)http://defusie.net/auteur/sicco-de-knecht/ (2)http://www.folia.nl/actueel/98272/sicco-de-knecht-is-folias-man-van-het-jaar Articles & books mentioned this episode: (1)http://www.scienceintransition.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Science-in-Transition-Position-Paper-final.pdf (2)https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/what-are-universities-for/418997.article (3)http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/jan/11/want-to-improve-teaching-in-universities-value-those-who-teach Podcast Host: @MarcoSchlosser , Edwina Wong.

  • Meditating Scientists & The Science of Meditation

    01/05/2016 Duration: 39min

    Marieke van Vugt is an assistant professor in the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering (ALICE) at the University of Groningen. Her research aims to understand how we make the decisions we make, and how they are affected by our memories and context. In addition, she is interested in how meditation practice affects our cognitive system, and the consequences this has for our behaviour. She uses the unique approach of computational modeling to investigate these practices. Podcast Host: @MarcoSchlosser (Twitter) http://www.ai.rug.nl/~mkvanvugt/research.html Please feel free to share your thoughts and feedback in the comment section.

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