People can distrust science because of political, religious or spiritual beliefs. Can we find one psychological principle that also explains distrust ? Are we sceptical of science, when science feels far removed from our lives? Bastiaan Rutjens will study this role of psychological distance.
Forensic psychologist Bruno Verschuere and his colleagues at the UvA conduct a lot of research on the phenomenon of lying. When and why do people lie, how do you recognise lies and how do you detect lies? Along with cartoonist Jan Cleijne, they create ‘Science Comics’ .