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Results: 41 - 60 of 380
  • 19 Sep 2018
    Ideology influences facts and leads to conflict

    The terms fake news and post-truth have become a fixed part of our vocabulary. Mistrust of public institutions and science seems to be growing, just like the gap between reality and rhetoric. In a new publication, ...

  • 13 Sep 2018
    Lightbulb 'brain'
    Confirmation bias pervasive even in simple visual decisions

    Ever notice how you often see or read things that confirm your view of the world? Well, you are not alone. People are known to suffer from what is known as confirmation bias, a tendency to filter new information such ...

  • 5 Sep 2018
    Performance-oriented leaders put employees at increased risk of burnout

    Recent years have seen a marked increase in the number of people affected by occupational burnout, with nearly one in five employees said to experience burnout symptoms at work. Despite its prevalence, however, the ...

  • 3 Sep 2018
    Maarten de Rijke
    Maarten de Rijke named first of four new University Professors AI

    Prof. Maarten de Rijke has been appointed University Professor of AI and Information Retrieval at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), effective 1 September 2018. De Rijke will combine his new chair, which will be ...

  • 30 Aug 2018
    Council of the European Union
    Top civil servant Hans Vijlbrief named professor by special appointment at UvA

    Dr Hans Vijlbrief, president of the Eurogroup Working Group in Brussels, has been named professor by special appointment of European Economic and Financial Policy at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of ...

  • 8 Aug 2018
    ERC awards Starting Grant to four UvA researchers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Starting Grants to Silke Allman, Jayne Birkby, Wouter van den Bos and Alfrid Bustanov from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). A Starting Grant is a personal grant of ...

  • 31 Jul 2018
    Online piracy
    Number of Internet pirates in Europe decreases, legal media consumption rising

    The percentage of Internet users in Europe that occasionally downloads or streams music, films, series, books or games illegally, e.g. via The Pirate Bay or PopcornTime, has decreased between 2014 and 2017. This ...

  • 23 Jul 2018
    Experience leads to better predictions

    Our estimation of the timing of specific events can play a prominent role in our day-to-day decision-making processes. Information gained during past experiences helps us predict the outcomes of future decisions. ...

  • 20 Jul 2018
    Photo: Alex Mielke
    Mangabey monkeys profit from nut-cracking skills of chimpanzees

    Mangabey monkeys exhibit peculiar foraging behaviour by scavenging on the energy-rich remnants of nuts cracked by chimpanzees and red river hogs. This allows them to obtain the inside of nuts, which they would not ...

  • 16 Jul 2018
    Nick Loughlin
    Ecosystem shows resilience to prolonged human modification

    Nineteenth century explorers who visited the cloud forests of the Ecuadorian Andes regularly referred to the landscape as a ‘pristine’ wilderness. What they were, in fact, observing was the recovery on an environment ...

  • 16 Jul 2018
    Rhesus monkeys sense isochrony in rhythm, but not the beat

    Although monkeys seem to notice regularity in rhythmic sounds, they are not able to detect the actual beat. This is the finding of a new study by researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the National ...

  • 12 Jul 2018
    New technologies
    Four new University Professors to study impact of artificial intelligence

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has announced that it will appoint four new University Professors. The University Professors will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and the societal questions surrounding this ...

  • 5 Jul 2018
    Solar Fuels could become competitive in the 2030s

    The industrial synthesis of renewable hydrogen, syngas, methanol and diesel could become competitive with respect to their fossil counterparts within the next two decades. This follows from a techno-economic analysis ...

  • 20 Jun 2018
    Mother and child
    Infants of mind-minded parents better at regulating emotions

    Most parents want their children to learn to regulate their emotions and, for example, not immediately give up after a disappointment or become hysterical when they don’t get their way. New research by a team of ...

  • 7 Jun 2018
    Blushing reveals narcissistic children's concerns about their social image

    Narcissistic children blush when they do not receive the praise they think they deserve. They feel depreciated but are unwilling to admit this feeling to others, perhaps to hide their vulnerabilities. 'It shows just ...

  • 1 Jun 2018
    Carrot, picture by nist6dh
    Monetary incentives influence confidence judgements

    The decisions we make are accompanied by a feeling of confidence. This process is important because it influences how we may behave in the future. For example, if you are very uncertain about your decision you are ...

  • 31 May 2018
    Researchers discover human-specific genes possibly responsible for larger brain

    The evolution of larger brains in the last 3 million years played an important role in our ability as a species to think, problem-solve and develop culture. But the genetic changes behind the expansion that made us ...

  • 25 May 2018
    Do moral reminders really reduce cheating?

    Are people less likely to cheat after a moral reminder? In 2008 a landmark experiment found evidence to this effect. This experiment formed the basis for an influential theory of cheating that holds that people will ...

  • 23 May 2018
    Parental touch may reduce social anxiety in children

    Parental touch reduces children’s attention to social threat and increases trust, particularly in socially anxious children. As a result, parental touch may reduce children’s social anxiety. These are the conclusions ...

  • 22 May 2018
    Culture disseminated nationalism in Europe

    Nationalism is a transnational and deeply ingrained phenomenon. UvA professor of European studies Joep Leerssen explains how nationalism became part of the fabric of Europe in his Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism ...