Five researchers from the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen (UG) have been awarded VENI grants within the framework of NWO’s Innovational Research Incen
tives Scheme : Laura Baams, Maarten Eisma, Bertus Jeronimus, Gerine Lodder and Steffie van der Steen
VENI grants are intended for researchers who have recently gained a PhD and have significant and original talent for innovative research. The grant is up to € 250,000 and offers these young researchers the chance to develop their ideas over the next three years.
Not straight? Sexual orientation disparities in macro and micro-processes of youth victimization and mental health
Dr L. (Laura) Baams (f), RUG –Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth report poorer mental health (depression, suicidality) and are victimized more often than heterosexual youth. How can this be explained? Using survey- and daily-diary studies, I will research sexual orientation disparities, critical mechanisms, and whether a positive school climate can help improve mental health.
Grief’s paradox: approach and avoidance in prolonged grief disorder
Dr M. C. (Maarten) Eisma (m), RUG - Clinical Psychology
Approach and avoidance of deceased-related cues are both proposed to perpetuate prolonged, severe and disabling grief. To solve this striking paradox, I will test the innovative idea that prolonged grief is characterized by approach of reminders of the deceased, yet avoidance of those reminders that signal separation from the deceased.
The lessons to be learned from happy neurotics
Dr B.F. (Bertus) Jeronimus (m), RUG -
The Proximity Project: Loneliness in Adolescence Explained by Social Relations and Social Appraisals
Dr G.M.A. (Gerine) Lodder (f), RUG - sociology
Loneliness in adolescence has detrimental consequences. The Proximity Project will examine what drives the development of loneliness. The focus is on daily contact, friendships, and perceptions of social relations. This will be examined using wearables that measure contact, using smartphone questionnaires, and by analyzing friendship networks.
(How) Does animal assisted therapy work?
Dr S. (Stephanie) van der Steen (f), RUG – Orthopedagogy
The lockdown in March 2020 was difficult for everyone in the Netherlands, but especially so for newcomers: they had 50% less contact than previously. As a consequence, they felt lonelier and their integration into society has almost come to a...
Sebastiaan Mathôt, researcher at experimental psychology, has received an NWO VIDI grant for his research proposal 'Turning the senses: How cognition shapes sensation at the gate'.
As of 1 November, Dr. Joost Heutink has been appointed as Professor by Special Appointment at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen.