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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Results: 1 - 50 of 98
Results: 1 - 50 of 98
  • AI, Media & Democracy Lab receives ELSA Lab status
    12 Jul 2021
    The Dutch AI Coalition (NL AIC) has awarded the NL AIC Label to the AI, Media & Democracy Lab, a collaboration between the UvA, HvA, CWI, media partners, social partners and the municipality of Amsterdam. The Label ...
  • Frank Huysmans reappointed as professor by special appointment of Information Society
    6 Jul 2021
    Frank Huysmans has been reappointed as professor by special appointment of Information Society, with special regard to the transformation of public libraries. The chair is endowed by National Library of the ...
  • Flanders and the Netherlands join EDMO project in the fight against disinformation
    5 Jul 2021
    The European Commission recognises the relevance of the fight against disinformation and has therefore allocated two million euros to the Flemish-Dutch EDMO project. Within this project, a multidisciplinary hub will ...
  • ‘I am here to assist you today.’ How we respond to chatbots.
    2 Jun 2021
    As online users we are increasingly exposed to chatbots as one form of AI-enabled media technologies. Stand-alone chatbots are often used for product or service recommendations, for example when online shopping or ...
  • KNAW Early Career Partnerships for four UvA researchers
    19 May 2021
    UvA researchers Eddie Brummelman, Dimitri van den Meerssche, Fabiola Müller and Loes Pouwels have all been awarded KNAW Early Career Partnerships. They will each be given the opportunity to organise an ...
  • Woman looks online at information about breast cancer
    Promoting cancer screening through social media analyses
    20 Apr 2021
    Early identification through screening is a crucial element in reducing the burden of cancer. But many people don’t participate in the mass screening offered and recommended by the Dutch state. How do people arrive ...
  • The supermarket that communicates with you while you shop
    30 Mar 2021
    For many people, environmental knowledge and awareness does not necessarily translate into pro-environmental action. Even those with a strong desire to act in a more environmentally friendly way find themselves ...
  • Dutch politicians showing frowning and happy faces
    How do politicians’ emotions affect us as voters?
    17 Mar 2021
    Emotions are usually very contagious, especially when expressed by people you like. If someone looks happy, for instance, you become happy too. But when politicians are involved, the dynamic is slightly different. It ...
  • Communication & Media Studies again number one worldwide in QS Ranking
    4 Mar 2021
    This year the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has once again been ranked best in the world for Communication Science & Media in the QS World University rankings by subject. This is the fourth year in a row that UvA ...
  • How will AI and digital technologies transform democracy and the media?
    22 Feb 2021
    How will AI change media? What new opportunities can AI create for democracy? And what conditions need to be fulfilled for these things to happen? Starting Monday, 22 February, researchers from the University of ...
  • girl holding cardboard on which is written 'Save our democracy'
    ‘A growing number of citizens is immune to the authoritarian virus’
    9 Feb 2021
    Is an authoritarian virus going around, damaging our democracy? Many fear so, due to the erosion of democratic values, the rise of authoritarian politicians and the resurgence of the extreme right. Political ...
  • Infographic explaining the structure of TIMELY
    AI to assist patients recovering from heart failure
    25 Jan 2021
    Rehabilitation and adapting to a new lifestyle are crucial to recovery following heart failure, but nevertheless prove to be all too difficult a task for many patients. The European project TIMELY, which is ...
  • Raising social awareness and finding technological solutions for antimicrobial resistance
    25 Nov 2020
    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), in which bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics, is an explosively growing problem worldwide. An international interdisciplinary consortium including the University of ...
  • Alcohol advertising generally leads to higher alcohol consumption
    24 Nov 2020
    Alcohol marketing generally leads to higher alcohol consumption, also among minors. This is shown by a study by the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with the University of Twente, prompted by the Dutch ...
  • Veni grants for 25 UvA and Amsterdam UMC researchers
    5 Nov 2020
    No fewer than 25 researchers from the UvA and Amsterdam UMC have been awarded Veni grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grants amount to a maximum of 250,000 euros per project. ...
  • Audiovisual information and multi-language eHealth tools are promising for expanding patient participation
    29 Oct 2020
    Online health tools can play an important role in expanding patient participation among older cancer patients and older Turkish-Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch cancer patients. Nida Gizem Yılmaz discovered that the use of ...
  • The role of race and gender in US elections
    29 Oct 2020
    While most attention seems to go to Trump’s behaviour and Covid19’s role in the US Elections 2020, we want to turn our attention to the role of race and gender. With communication scientist Penny Sheets Thibaut, we ...
  • Learning how to make shared decisions with virtual patients
    27 Oct 2020
    Patients want to have a say in their medical treatment, especially when it will have a major impact on their life. Research shows that a shared decision-making process does indeed have positive effects. But how can a ...
  • ‘You could almost say that it’s already election day’
    26 Oct 2020
    Dutch journalist and US expert Laila Frank and American political media consultant Dan Kully shared their views on the American Presidential Elections with students from the Political Communication track at the ...
  • Trump’s personality might have become too much for strong Republicans
    15 Oct 2020
    A handful of weeks out of one of the most important presidential elections of our lifetime, Joe Biden is consolidating his lead in polls. And, yet, Donald Trump’s approval rate remains relatively stable. Is Trump ...
  • Amsterdam coalition publishes special AI edition in New Scientist
    15 Oct 2020
    To highlight the importance of AI to a broader public, the Amsterdam coalition ‘AI technology for people’ has published a special AI edition in the October issue of the popular science magazine New Scientist. The ...
  • woman who is frowning
    Do politics make you sweat or frown?
    21 Sep 2020
    We tend to have strong feelings when it comes to politicians, ranging from disgust to enthusiasm. So just how deep-seated are these feelings? Bert Bakker, Matthijs Rooduijn and Gijs Schumacher studied physical ...
  • Eight UvA researchers receive ERC Starting Grants
    3 Sep 2020
    The European Research Council (ERC) has this year awarded Starting Grants to eight UvA researchers. The laureates are: Thijs Bol, Janna Cousijn, Efstratios Gavves, Imke Harbers, Kristine Krause, Sanne Kruikemeier, ...
  • Embed public values in AI development
    3 Sep 2020
    Digital systems are becoming ever smarter and able to self-learn. This can be great for end users, who will receive much better services. But to what extent are public values safeguarded in this development? Do we ...
  • Is political microtargeting a threat to democracy?
    20 Jul 2020
    Microtargeting allows political players to send tailored messages to citizens in order to influence them. This could explain the successful Leave campaign in the UK, not to mention the surprising election of Donald ...
  • Eight UvA researchers test innovative ideas using Idea Generator funding
    3 Jul 2020
    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 ...
  • Are strongmen a particular ‘breed’ of political figures?
    8 Jun 2020
    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) ...
  • Communication scientists at the UvA turn their attention to the digital society
    14 May 2020
    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, ...
  • In Rosie We Trust…how are families using virtual assistants?
    1 May 2020
    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 ...
  • Can we learn from our dealings with the coronavirus to stop climate change?
    15 Apr 2020
    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 ...
  • Research into ‘corona humour’
    6 Apr 2020
    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 ...
  • UvA Communication & Media Studies once again number 1 in world: QS ranking
    4 Mar 2020
    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 ...
  • Kick off: Global Digital Cultures
    17 Feb 2020
    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 ...
  • Replication study contradicts claim that conservatives have stronger physiological responses to threats than liberals
    10 Feb 2020
    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 ...
  • Portrait Judith Möller
    Do algorithms make us even more radical?
    29 Jan 2020
    ‘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 ...
  • Don’t drink, it’s fun
    17 Dec 2019
    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 ...
  • Seven UvA researchers receive ERC Consolidator Grants
    10 Dec 2019
    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 ...
  • Plastic bag in the sea
    Virtual Reality for cleaner oceans
    29 Nov 2019
    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 ...
  • How do we help city dwellers psychologically?
    5 Nov 2019
    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 ...
  • de Vreese, Claes
    How are artificial intelligence and data affecting our society?
    26 Aug 2019
    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 ...
  • Veni research grants for 23 UvA researchers
    16 Jul 2019
    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 ...
  • Couple laughing about a movie
    User comments influence YouTube viewing experience
    4 Jul 2019
    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 ...
  • Billboard with posters for the European elections
    Dutch have nuanced opinions on Europe
    13 May 2019
    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.
  • Prof Guda van Noort, Communication Science
    Guda van Noort, professor of Persuasion & New Media Technologies
    25 Mar 2019
    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.
  • Hans Brug FMG dean
    ‘We shouldn’t force people, but promote and facilitate healthy behaviour’
    20 Mar 2019
    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 ...
  • Online health information on tablet
    Customising online health information to suit personal preferences
    15 Mar 2019
    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 ...
  • Woman advertises on youtube
    Children don’t mind advertisements in YouTube videos
    15 Mar 2019
    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 ...
  • Map of Europe containing pushpins
    Ten researchers to conduct research at UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship
    28 Feb 2019
    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 ...
  • UvA Communication & Media Studies again best in world in QS ranking
    27 Feb 2019
    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 ...
  • Hans Brug FMG dean
    Hans Brug, professor of Health Behaviour
    20 Feb 2019
    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 ...