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dr. T.C. Andringa

Associate Professor, group leader Soundscape & Auditory Cognition Group

I have a broad scientific, engineering, educational, and entrepreneurial background that I use to produce integrative inter- and transdisciplinary research and education. Career-wise this is not an optimal strategy, but society needs academic integration more than additional scientific diversity. In fact science needs bridge-builders and academic integrators who can enhance the value of specialist domains by making them serviceable for other fields of science and technology. This is a role that is aspire most.

My backgrounds include: solid state physics (master degree 1991), artificial intelligence (start-up of existing programs from 1993 on), cognitive science, speech signal processing in noise (PhD-degree 2002), verbal aggression detection (start-up company Sound Intelligence 1999-2004), sound recognition and soundscape research, hydrodynamical imaging with lateral line technology (H2020, mainly the successful application), cognitive systems research, environmental and health psychology, learning to become self-directed, the roots of (moral) behavior, and the cognitive science of (geo)politics. Currently I am co-director of the soundscape technology developer SoundAppraisal.

I am associate professor sensory cognition with a focus on how moods and the appraisal of the (sonic) environment influence each other and define our responses and experiences. Within SoundAppraisal we apply this research in institutes for long-term care and in cities

In addition I am tutor at the University College Groningen. In this capacity I assist students to develop intellectual effectiveness, autonomy and self-directedness. I love to teach critical thinking and connect that often to controversial perspectives that challenge the norm and hence help to figure out what part of our shared knowledge is only weakly supported or inconsistent.

The common theme in these fields, interests, and approaches is the development of ever more effective and sustainable relationships between individual and environment. In fact I develop a concept called core cognition: the cognition shared by all of life. This has become quite fruitful with clear explanatory power for psychology.

In my spare time I work at my wife's sustainable vegetable farm, where I till the soil and harvest.

Last modified:11 August 2021 5.15 p.m.

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Hoendiepskade 23-24
The Netherlands
Antonius Deusinglaan 1
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands