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High Priorities

'High Priorities' is a film series about the UvA's research priority areas.

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The influence of communication

Not much has changed as drastically as communication did over the past couple of centuries. But how does it affect each of us, or our community? What influence does it have on us? Does it change our opinion, tastes or voting behaviour? These matters are brought into focus in the UvA’s Communication research priority area.

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The age of social media

The age of social media has dramatically increased our choice on what to be informed about and what not. In this edition of High Priorities, Professor Claes de Vreese explains some of the research being done at the UvA on the influence of social media on our everyday lives.

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Quantum computing

We are on the eve of a great revolution in information technology, known as quantum computing. You can find our more about this research priority at the UvA in this edition of High Priorities.

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'High Priorities': The oral ecosystem

The mouth is one of the most personal parts of the human anatomy: we use it to talk, breathe, eat and kiss. It is also one of the most complex human organs, essentially forming an ecosystem. The mouth is the gateway for food that enters the body, but also for bacteria, good and bad, which end up in the intestinal tract or other parts of the body. Little wonder then that the mouth has been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In other words, the mouth isn’t a solitary organ and its health is essential for the overall health of the entire body.

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Read more about the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam

'High Priorities': What is identity?

How do we construct our identity? The following episode of High Priorities (English subtitles) offers an answer to this question and throws light on the Cultural Heritage and Identity research priority area. The research conducted within this priority area looks at the effects of cultural heritage on the processes of identity creation and vice versa 

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Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity

'High Priorities': How does our brain make the right choices?

In the first episode of High Priorities, a new film series on the research priority areas of the University of Amsterdam, we delve deeper into the brain. Scientists from the Brain and Cognitive Sciences research priority area talk about research into decision-making. How does our brain make the right choices?

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'High Priorities': What do we know about black holes?

In the second episode of High Priorities, a film series on the research priority areas of the University of Amsterdam, the subject of discussion is black holes and gravity. Scientists from the priority area GRAPPA (Gravitation and AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam) talk about the mystique behind these phenomena.

Please note: certain sections of this film are in Dutch. English subtitles will be available shortly.

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Gravitation and AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam

'High Priorities': What is the importance of international law?

In this third edition of High Priorities, the focus is on international law. Academics from the International Law research priority area clearly explain why it is so important to make arrangements in the case of matters between international players. The conflict in the former Yugoslavia is, among other things, discussed.

Please note: to switch on the subtitles, press ‘CC’ in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Amsterdam Center for International Law