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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Parallel Sessions

Faculty Conference 'Health, Behaviour & Society', 18 May, 2019

During parallel sessions FMG researchers will share new insights in short presentations. We organise two rounds of six parallel sessions each.

MORNING SESSIONS (11.15-12.30)

E-health in a clinical setting: From plans to outcome

  • Can parents be trained in mind-mindedness? The development and evaluation of a mobile app, by Marc Noom, Child Development and Education
  • Hey, how are you doing?: An explorative mixed-methods feasibility study to develop a self-help app, by Levi van Dam, Child Development and Education
  • The bumpy road to Eva: An e-health application to help pregnant women quit smoking using heart-rate variability biofeedback, by Wieke de Vente, Child Development and Education
  • Online treatment of adolescents with insomnia: Working mechanisms, cost-effectiveness and the contribution of therapists, by Ed de Bruin, Child Development and Education

Learning difficulties and educational opportunities: Making use of individual differences

To make optimal use of the capacities of all pupils, education must respond to individual differences between pupils and specific learning problems (Specific Learning Disorders, DSM V) must be dealt with in an early stage. This session discusses studies focusing on individual differences in language and arithmetic learning, and the role of heredity (parents) and school.

  • Dealing with individual differences in education: the Orwell project, by Patrick Snellings, Psychology
  • Adaptive and maladaptive profiles in learning math, by Brenda Jansen, Psychology
  • An analysis of the skills that underlie reading acquisition in three different orthographies, by Maaike Zeguers, Psychology

Preventing substance use: Searching for effective strategies

Although it is well known that substance use is a health threat, many people smoke, use drugs or drink alcohol, and do not respond well to current prevention efforts. This session will present some recent innovative approaches to prevent substance use.

  • Online tobacco approach-avoidance retraining to individual preferences, by Si Wen, Psychology
  • Language use (i.e., autonomy supportive language) in an online computer-tailored smoking cessation intervention, by Maria Altendorf, Communication
  • How a health intervention can be used to incite more healthy conversations that in turn stimulate more healthy alcohol behaviour, by Hanneke Hendriks, Communication
  • Do online chats with a peer (who is a confederate) influence alcohol identity, by Helle Larsen, Psychology
  • Chair, Bas van der Putte, Communication

Sleeping and health

Sleeping, sleep quality, infant sleep are all central in this panel on the relation between sleep and health, also in relation to family life.

  • Family health competence: attachment, detachment and health behaviours in the early years of parenthood, by Gerlieke Veltkamp, Sociology
  • Smart crib for infant sleep and crying: implications for child and parental health, by Roos Rodenburg, Eline Moller, Wieke de Vente, Marije van Meegen, Child Development and Education
  • Sleep quality in relation to subjective and physiological stress at a daily level – the role of vigor and mindfulness, by Michelle Van Laethem, Psychology
  • Chair, Lucia Talamini, Psychology

The relation between belief systems, social dynamics, policies and vaccinations

The theme of vaccinations is hotly debated in news media and politics. In this session researchers unravel various aspects behind the choice to vaccinate or not, and how policies can respond in this contested field.,

  • Vaccinations and risk sharing/epidemic planning in EU policies, by Anniek de Ruijter, Law Faculty
  • Individual decisions to vaccinate one's child or oneself, by Roselinde Kessels, Faculty of Economics and Business
  • History and social dynamics of vaccination systems, by Stuart Blume, Anthropology
  • Science skepticism in the US and the Netherlands, by Bastiaan Rutjens, Psychology
  • Chair, Jonathan Zeitlin, Political Science

Social networks, individualism and health

The relation between one's (mental) health and social ties, individualism and life-phase are addressed in this panel from different angles,

  • Network diversity and (mental) health, by Beate Volker, Sociology
  • Individualism, Narcissism, and Health, by Eddie Brummelman, Child Development and Education
  • When social position and isolation hurt: Can social ties protect the mental health of migrants?, by Marina Tulin, Sociology


Healthy planet, healthy people

A healthy environment supports healthy people and, conversely, an unhealthy environment affects the health of people.  But the world is not on track to achieve internationally agreed environmental targets. We need the political will to implement policies and technologies at a sufficient speed and scale. 

  • Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Science, Science-policy Communication, and research questions for social scientists, by Joyeeta Gupta (International Development Studies).
  • Health Planet, Healthy People: The Outlooks for the Future for the Global Community and for the Netherlands, by Paul Lucas, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
  • Motivating factors, change and policy transition, by John Grin (Political Science)
  • Chair: Hebe Verrest ( Governance and Inclusive Development)

Technology, health, and persuasion: a promising yet complex integration

Effective persuasion is key to promote health through a variety of psychological mechanisms, such as enhanced confidence, knowledge, motivation, and technology-induced concepts, such as immersion and realism. In this session, we will discuss the opportunities and complexities inherent in the integration of technology and persuasion for health benefits.

  • Investigating packaging effects on health decisions in Virtual Reality, by Edith Smit and Corine Meppelink, Communication
  • Systematic development and pilot-evaluation of an e-health tool to enhance communication with migrant cancer patients, by Barbara Schouten et al, Communication
  • Computer-assisted tailoring of health communication: an effective low-cost lifestyle improvement strategy, by Eline Smit, Communication
  • Starve Your Distractions, Feed Your Focus: Effects of In-Store Distraction and Satiety on Attention for Healthy Food in a Virtual Reality Supermarket, by Gert-Jan de Bruijn, Communication.

The role of care takers and employers

During this panel researchers will zoom in on the practice of care takers and employers: who takes care of the caretaker and what role play coaching and rankings, and how do employers impact the (mental) health of their employees?

  • Who cares about the care workers?, by Franca van Hooren, Political Science
  • Coaching improves physician well-being, by Lara Solms, Psychology
  • ‘If you are dissatisfied, talk to me’. How general practitioners in the Netherlands respond to the rise of online rating systems, by Saskia Mekers en Olav Velthuis, Soiology
  • Leader behavior predicts employee burnout, by Roy Sijbom, Psychology
  • Chair, Jan Willem Duyvendak, Sociology

Understanding and Optimising Health Interventions

If we want to optimize intervention strategies to enhance human health, we need to understand how they work. This panel brings together researchers committed to understanding and optimizing health interventions, from four different departments (3 FMG; 1 Amsterdam UMC). They will integrate their theoretical and methodological expertise on health interventions to enhance our shared knowledge, and to explore and encourage future within- and between-faculty collaborations.  

  • How the Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure (ANDI) can be used to tailor interventions to the individual, by Hilde Huizenga (Psychology)
  • Monitoring the fidelity of health interventions: lessons learned, by Julia van Weert and Annemiek Linn (Communication Sciences)
  • Kim Oostrom / Linde Scholten (Pediatric Psychology; Amsterdam UMC)
  • Relevance of individual and age-related differences in habit tendencies to medication adherence, by Irene van de Vijver (Psychology)
  • Chair: Patty Leijten (Child Development)

Urban dynamics and health

The urban environment comes with specific impacts on people's health: green spaces under pressure, (un) healthy food choices around every corner, recreational drug use. How do we deal with these? What role can policies play?

  • Socio-spatial analysis of health in cities, by Els Veldhuizen, Urban Planning
  • (Urban) environments, eating habits and health, by Sanne de Wit, Psychology
  • 'Hassle-free' highs in the city, by Mishra Swasti, Medical Anthropology

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