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Impressions of Research

The research at the faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences can be divided into three main topics:

  • Behaviour of human as individual and in relationship to other peaple
  • Upbringing and education of human
  • Societies as a whole

The research concentrates on normal functioning as well as problems of individuals or groups and ways to solve or prevent them.

To give you an impression of this research, a couple of researchers present their research (and results) on this website. Below you find a few examples. In the menu on the left you can click on a survey of all research impressions available, if desired subdivided into the three disciplines.


Gijs Huitsing
Gijs Huitsing

Teasing - broad problem, broad approach?

Gijs Huitsing

About 1 out of 10 children is being teased structurally. If we want to stop this, is it enough for us to know this children are being teased or is it also important to know the offenders? Which classmate join the teasing and which one helps the victim? In my research I search for better ways to discourage teasing. Not the role of offenders and victims, but the behaviour of teasing followers, onlookers and helpers can possibly be the key to a solution. The class as a body really stands stronger against teasing!

Judith Grob
Judith Grob

Quit smoking

Judith Grob

The one who regrets his/her cigaret after being confronted with the health consequences of smoking, will try to stop smoking sooner than the one who is ashamed of being a smoker.

Hanke Korpershoek
Hanke Korpershoek

Unused talent for science: does personality play a role in the choice of a subject combination?

Hanke Korpershoek

Regarding the choice of exact sciences at secondary school, the Netherlands doesn’t do well in comparison with the other European countries. Studies of the choice of students’ subject combination show that only few havo and vwo students (especially very few girls) attend the profile Nature & Technology (NT), involving Mathematics B, Physics and Chemistry. My research point out there is much unused talent for science among these students, both boys and girls. Furthermore, it was found that NT-students are on average less extrovert than the orther students, but the personallity characteristics only play a small part in the explanation of the choice of a profile.

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