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Results: 1 - 50 of 74
  • 3 Jul 2020
    Eight UvA researchers test innovative ideas using Idea Generator funding

    Eight UvA researchers have had their proposals for out-of-the-box research ideas awarded funding from the Dutch Research Agenda’s Idea Generator programme. The researchers will each receive 50,000 euros to further ...

  • 8 Jun 2020
    Are strongmen a particular ‘breed’ of political figures?

    We know much about the behaviour and policies of right-wing autocrats, but little was known about their personality profile. Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam) and Emre Toros (Hacettepe University, Ankara) ...

  • 14 May 2020
    Communication scientists at the UvA turn their attention to the digital society

    Computers and technology are becoming increasingly important in society. What algorithms determine what my Facebook Timeline looks like? How harmful is misinformation? And who do we think would make fairer decisions, ...

  • 1 May 2020
    In Rosie We Trust…how are families using virtual assistants?

    Virtual assistants, which use speech recognition to carry out a growing number of tasks, are becoming increasingly popular. We still do not know much about how families with young children are using this new type of ...

  • 15 Apr 2020
    Can we learn from our dealings with the coronavirus to stop climate change?

    The speed at which people adapt to stop the spread of Covid19 is impressive. It contrasts with the speed and motivation to adjust behaviour when it comes to other global issues, such as climate change. Why this ...

  • 6 Apr 2020
    Research into ‘corona humour’

    UvA communication scientist Mark Boukes collects and analyses corona humour from around the globe, together with Giselinde Kuipers from KU Leuven. What differences exist between humorous expressions in various ...

  • 4 Mar 2020
    UvA Communication & Media Studies once again number 1 in world: QS ranking

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been ranked best in the world for Communication Science & Media for the third year in a row. The UvA ranks among the top 100 worldwide in 27 out of the 47 subject areas measured ...

  • 17 Feb 2020
    Kick off: Global Digital Cultures

    On Friday, 27 March 2020, the University of Amsterdam will kick-off its new research priority area ‘Global Digital Cultures’ (GDC). Researchers and students from all faculties at the UvA are warmly invited to this ...

  • 10 Feb 2020
    Replication study contradicts claim that conservatives have stronger physiological responses to threats than liberals

    For years, a study from 2008 that claimed that conservative people have stronger physiological reactions to threatening stimuli than those who express liberal views, has been widely quoted. A replication study, led ...

  • 29 Jan 2020
    Do algorithms make us even more radical?

    ‘Technology ensures that we’re all served our own personalised news cycle. As a result, we only get to hear the opinions that correspond to our own. The result is polarisation’. Or so the oft-heard theory goes. But ...

  • 17 Dec 2019
    Don’t drink, it’s fun

    On social media, young adults frequently encounter information that is in some way related to alcohol: from professional anti-alcohol advertisements, to strongly pro-alcohol posts by party-loving friends. These ...

  • 10 Dec 2019
    Seven UvA researchers receive ERC Consolidator Grants

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Consolidator Grants to neuroscientist Birte Forstmann, Eastern Europe researcher Artemy Kalinovsky, clinical hematologist Arnon Kater, behavourial scientist Shaul ...

  • 29 Nov 2019
    Virtual Reality for cleaner oceans

    We know that plastic pollutes our oceans on a large scale. Still, plastic is part of our daily lives. How can we reduce our plastic consumption and contribute to cleaner oceans? This question is at the heart of a new ...

  • 5 Nov 2019
    How do we help city dwellers psychologically?

    People who live in the city experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and addiction at greater rates than those who live outside urban areas. More than 50% of the world’s population currently live ...

  • 26 Aug 2019
    How are artificial intelligence and data affecting our society?

    Data plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives. What effects and consequences is this having? How are citizens adapting to the new developments? These questions are key to the research of Claes de ...

  • 16 Jul 2019
    Veni research grants for 23 UvA researchers

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 166 highly promising young scientists. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas ...

  • 4 Jul 2019
    User comments influence YouTube viewing experience

    Online videos on platforms such as YouTube can entertain us because they are funny and provide enjoyment. But they can also affect us because they are sad or tragic. UvA scientists studied the effect of user comments ...

  • 13 May 2019
    Dutch have nuanced opinions on Europe

    This year's European elections will be held on 23 May. How do the Dutch really feel about Europe? UvA research has revealed that Dutch people have reasonably nuanced opinions on this topic.

  • 25 Mar 2019
    Guda van Noort, professor of Persuasion & New Media Technologies

    Dr G. van Noort (1977) has been appointed professor of Persuasion & New Media Technologies at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

  • 20 Mar 2019
    ‘We shouldn’t force people, but promote and facilitate healthy behaviour’

    How can we make sure that people can and want to live as healthily as possible? This is the key question informing the research of Hans Brug, recently appointed non-salaried professor of Health Behaviour at the ...

  • 15 Mar 2019
    Customising online health information to suit personal preferences

    The number and use of health websites have grown enormously in recent years. UvA doctoral candidate Minh Hao Nguyen has investigated the importance of these websites specifically to older patients with cancer. Good ...

  • 15 Mar 2019
    Children don’t mind advertisements in YouTube videos

    Children don’t mind advertisements in YouTube videos, as long as the videos are fun to watch and the brand fits the YouTuber. This is the main outcome of research carried out by communication scientist Eva van ...

  • 28 Feb 2019
    Ten researchers to conduct research at UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship

    Ten talented researchers have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The awarded projects include research on public support for ...

  • 27 Feb 2019
    UvA Communication & Media Studies again best in world in QS ranking

    Various subject areas at the University of Amsterdam are highly ranked in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, which were published on Wednesday, 27 February. The UvA ranks among the top 100 worldwide in ...

  • 20 Feb 2019
    Hans Brug, professor of Health Behaviour

    Prof. Johannes (Hans) Brug (1963) has been appointed professor of Health Behaviour at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA). The chair is an ...

  • 14 Feb 2019
    Christian Burgers, professor by special appointment of Strategic Communication

    Dr C.F. Burgers (1983) has been named professor by special appointment of Strategic Communication at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, effective 1 March 2019. The chair ...

  • 7 Feb 2019
    Liberals lecture, conservatives communicate

    Some politicians use complex language, for instance long sentences with difficult words, while others communicate clearly and to the point. Can this difference be explained by the political ideology to which they ...

  • 5 Dec 2018
    Positive effect of sharing negative emotions online

    Many adolescents and young adults share negative emotions via social media on a daily basis: worries about exams, doubts over decisions needing to be made, anxiety towards certain situations. Friends in their social ...

  • 11 Oct 2018
    How does the Dutch public feel about automated decision-making?

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) opens the door to automated decision-making (ADM). This development has given rise to both hopes and concerns regarding the impact that ADM might have on our society, and hence to a call ...

  • 4 Oct 2018
    Much still unclear about relationship between screen media use and ADHD in children

    There is a statistically small relationship between children’s screen media use and ADHD-related behaviours. This is the finding of an extensive literature review on this subject carried out by researchers from the ...

  • 13 Sep 2018
    Healthier choices with a virtual supermarket

    How do people make choices in the supermarket? And how can you help them to select healthier products? To investigate this process, UMC Utrecht and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) developed the virtual supermarket: ...

  • 19 Jul 2018
    Young people mainly post moderate alcohol content on social media

    Why and how often do adolescents talk about alcohol on Facebook and Instagram? UvA researchers published the results of research on this question in the Journal of Medical Internet Research and Cyberpsychology. They ...

  • 16 Jul 2018
    Veni grant awarded to 27 UvA and AMC-UvA researchers

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Veni grants worth up to €250,000 to 27 UvA and AMC-UvA researchers who recently obtained their doctorate. The grants give promising young ...

  • 11 Apr 2018
    Martine van Selm, professor of Communication Science

    Dr M. Van Selm (1968) has been appointed professor of Communication Science, in particular Social Perception in Organisations, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

  • 28 Feb 2018
    Communication Science & Media Studies ranked 1st in the world in latest QS Rankings

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is ranked best in the world in the field of Communication Science and Media Studies in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. In the latest QS Rankings, which were ...

  • 19 Sep 2017
    UvA launches massive open online course (MOOC) on media ethics and policy

    Does our changing media landscape necessitate new codes of conduct for media professionals? This is the central question of Media Ethics and Governance, a massive open online course (MOOC) that the University of ...

  • 14 Sep 2017
    Despite growing polarisation, Americans still prefer balanced reporting

    Observers and media pundits often argue that the growing polarisation in American public discourse can be traced back to the media landscape and the effects of selective exposure to news messages. New research by UvA ...

  • 11 Sep 2017
    Images are not always worth a thousand words

    A powerful image can evoke a strong emotional response. But can it also influence and change an individual’s political opinion? Not on its own, according to communication scientist Tom Powell, who will be obtaining ...

  • 6 Sep 2017
    ERC awards Starting Grant to six UvA researchers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Starting Grants to six researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). A Starting Grant is a personal grant of about 1.5 million euros and gives talented ...

  • 8 Jun 2017
    Learning to live with social media

    Social media and other kinds of media have positive and negative effects on children and adolescents. ‘We need to help youth learn how to make media a part of their life – but not their entire life.’ This is one of ...

  • 8 Mar 2017
    Communication and Media Studies pleased with latest jump in QS Rankings by Subject

    The UvA’s Communication and Media Studies programmes have risen to second spot in the latest 2016-17 QS World University Rankings by Subject. With this, both programmes are only one spot away from being recognised as ...

  • 8 Mar 2017
    Communication & Media Studies at UvA 2nd worldwide in QS Ranking

    The UvA has surged to 2nd place amongst universities worldwide in Communication & Media Studies, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject published on Wednesday, 8 March 2017. Last year, the UvA ...

  • 7 Feb 2017
    Thirteen researchers to visit UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship

    Thirteen promising researchers have received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The projects focus, among other things, on the formation of ...

  • 13 Jun 2016
    Career Achievement Award for University Professor Patti Valkenburg

    On Saturday, 11 June, Prof. Patti Valkenburg, University Professor of Media, Youth and Society at the University of Amsterdam was honoured with the 2016 Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award.

  • 7 Apr 2016
    UvA to receive subsidy for Open and Online Learning

    The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has awarded a subsidy to the University of Amsterdam for four projects in the field of Open and Online Learning. The subsidy forms part of the Open and Online ...

  • 11 Feb 2016
    Media violence only affects teens growing up in an aggressive social environment

    Teens only become more aggressive as a result of exposure to violent games and television programmes when they are also exposed to aggression in their social environment, such as conflict in their family or ...

  • 3 Feb 2016
    ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to five UvA/AMC researchers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant to five researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA). The recipients are ...

  • 17 Jul 2015
    Veni grants awarded to 23 UvA and AMC researchers

    Twenty-three recent doctorate recipients have been awarded a Veni grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the UvA’s Academic Medical ...

  • 29 Jun 2015
    Ed Peelen, professor by special appointment of Content Marketing

    Professor E. Peelen (1960) has been named professor by special appointment of Content Marketing at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The chair was designated on behalf of ...

  • 23 Jun 2015
    Julia van Weert, professor of Health Communication

    Dr J.C.M. van Weert (1962) has been named professor of Health Communication at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences effective 1 april 2015.