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Health - Psychology - 02.09.2021
Self-interest promotes contract tracing using smartphones
Self-interest promotes contract tracing using smartphones
Why do people install a coronavirus warning app on their cell phone - or not? Researchers of the Department of Economic Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Basel investigated.

Psychology - Pedagogy - 16.07.2021
Emotion and locomotion crucial from an early age
Emotion and locomotion crucial from an early age
Researchers at the University of Geneva have found that emotion knowledge, cooperative social behaviour and locomotor activity are three key skills for promoting numerical learning in children aged 3 to 6.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 26.05.2021
'Tug of war' between neurons tells the brain when to fear — and when not to be afraid
’Tug of war’ between neurons tells the brain when to fear — and when not to be afraid
Fear protects us by making us alert to danger, but the persistence of fearful memories can lead to serious mental conditions. Now, an international team of researchers co-led by Andreas Lüthi has found that the activity of different cells in the brain's threat-detector hub regulates the switch between high and low fear states.

Campus - Psychology - 05.05.2021
New tool helps define student-teacher relationships
New tool helps define student-teacher relationships
In universities, relationships between students and teachers play a key role in creating a conducive learning experience.

Health - Psychology - 30.04.2021
Vaccination - personal values and group dynamics are decisive
How do you get more people to have vaccinations? Gudela Grote firmly believes that it's worth looking at team dynamics.

Health - Psychology - 26.04.2021
Seroprevalance has increased to 21% in the Basel region
Seroprevalance has increased to 21% in the Basel region
In the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in approximately 21% of the adult population. Therefore, seroprevalance has markedly increased since autumn of last year. Furthermore, the COVCO-Basel study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is now publishing preliminary results regarding the effects that the pandemic and the measures implemented to contain it are having on the well-being and lifestyles of the population for the first time.

Health - Psychology - 26.04.2021
La séroprévalence a augmenté à 21% dans la région de Bâle
La séroprévalence a augmenté à 21% dans la région de Bâle
In the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in approximately 21% of the adult population.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 15.04.2021
New Measure to Predict Stress Resilience
Researchers at the University of Zurich show that increased sensitivity in a specific region of the brain contributes to the development of anxiety and depression in response to real-life stress. Their study establishes an objective neurobiological measure for stress resilience in humans. Some people don't seem to be too bothered when it comes to handling stress.

Psychology - Health - 10.03.2021
Reflecting on Your Own Capabilities Boosts Resilience
Reflecting on how you have overcome past personal challenges can help you process negative experiences, a new study from the University of Zurich confirms. Actively reminding yourself of your self-efficacy could also prove useful in the coronavirus era. The unpredictable nature of life during the coronavirus pandemic is particularly challenging for many people.

Psychology - 08.03.2021
The positive influence of intuition on decision-making
Katharina Fellnhofer researches how intuitive decision-making influences personal success.

Psychology - Health - 20.01.2021
We need a Grey New Deal
Mental illnesses do not receive the attention they deserve and they are treated as taboo, writes Gerhard Schratt.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 17.12.2020
Female Language Style Promotes Visibility and Influence Online
Female Language Style Promotes Visibility and Influence Online
A female-typical language style promotes the popularity of talks in the digital context and turns out to be an underappreciated but highly effective tool for social influence. This was shown by UZH psychologists in an international study in which they analyzed 1,100 TED Talks. A large part of social interaction nowadays takes place digitally.

Psychology - Health - 17.12.2020
Significant increase in psychological stress in the second Covid-19 wave
Significant increase in psychological stress in the second Covid-19 wave
The latest survey by the University of Basel on psychological stress in the second Covid-19 wave has revealed that levels have increased significantly in comparison with the spring of this year. The proportion of people with severe depressive symptoms stood at 9% during lockdown in April, but this figure had risen to 18% in November.

Psychology - Pedagogy - 14.12.2020
Using play to “school” children's emotions
Using play to “school” children’s emotions
Pretend play promotes the development of socio-emotional competences in children aged five and six. Being socially and emotionally competent from an early age is likely to help children win acceptance by their peers, build better relationships with teachers, and facilitate academic learning.

Health - Psychology - 10.12.2020
Prioritizing Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Prioritizing Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus is not only a risk for our physical health, but also affects our mental health and emotional well-being.

Health - Psychology - 27.10.2020
Swiss Fatalism Protects Against Negative Feelings in the Pandemic
Swiss Fatalism Protects Against Negative Feelings in the Pandemic
Trust or disappointment in government crisis management is an important factor for the general mood, shows a study by the University of Zurich based on surveys in Israel and Switzerland.

Health - Psychology - 01.10.2020
Why we follow or don't follow the Coronavirus rules
Why we follow or don’t follow the Coronavirus rules
There are solid psychological explanations for how consistently we follow the behaviour rules to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, such as the expectations we have towards ourselves and others.

Politics - Psychology - 14.04.2020
The power of Why
In this time of health emergency, it is inevitable to live in close contact with our loved ones. In a short video Sara Greco, senior assistant professor at USI Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, talks about two tools that might help overcome disagreement in our daily life.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 30.03.2020
Social distance in the time of coronavirus
In a short clip, Rosalba Morese, postdoc assistant at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society and at the Institute of Public Health of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, talks about our emotional reactions to social distance, an aspect that we need to deal with in our daily lives.

Psychology - 21.02.2020
Delving into self-consciousness at EPFL
What if the key to conveying complex scientific concepts like self-consciousness was to bring art and science together? From 25 February to 1 March, EPFL ArtLab will play host to the Immersive Lab, which offers visitors an interactive, multisensory experience. Are those your hands you see on that panoramic screen? Maybe, maybe not.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 31.01.2020
A chat with the expert: Rosalba Morese
Finissage della mostra 'Koen Vanmechelen. The Worth of Life 1982-2019' Academy of Architecture The Overproduction of truth.

Health - Psychology - 30.07.2019

Life Sciences - Psychology - 13.03.2019
New Marie Curie and EMBO Fellows at the FMI
Five of our postdocs were recently awarded the prestigious EMBO and Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowships.

Economics / Business - Psychology - 31.08.2018

Psychology - 31.05.2018
Psychology: phasing out nuclear energy could affect safety
Psychology: phasing out nuclear energy could affect safety
The way in which the phase-out of nuclear power plants in Germany is currently planned could negatively influence the safety of the facilities.

Psychology - Pharmacology - 27.11.2017
Self-Help Book Works to Combat Burnout and Stress - Without a Therapist
Self-Help Book Works to Combat Burnout and Stress - Without a Therapist
Around a third of all employees find their work stressful. Interventions for stress and burnout are available, but often not accessible for many employees. A self-help book based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has the potential to reduce burnout, stress and symptoms of depression - without any therapist contact.

Psychology - 11.05.2017
Better a ‘No’ Than No Answer at All
After experiencing social exclusion, a minimum of attention suffices to reduce individuals' negative emotions. Even rejection or unkind comments are better for well-being than being ignored by other people. This finding has important implications for the treatment of applicants during selection processes, report psychologists from the University of Basel and Purdue University in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Health - Psychology - 06.02.2017
Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia
Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations significantly impair everyday life and cause intense suffering. Talking in front of a larger group can be one typical feared situation.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 21.10.2016
How context influences memories and behavior
How context influences memories and behavior
Scientists in the group of Andreas Lüthi have identified two neuronal circuits that mediate the association of contextual information with emotional memories. In their publication in Cell, they describe networks of neurons that are active in the hippocampus and the amygdala, when we associate for example an unpleasant situation with a certain place.

Career - Psychology - 12.10.2016
Swiss employees do not hold back on cynical behaviour
Swiss employees do not hold back on cynical behaviour
This year's Swiss Human Relations Barometer focuses on the topic "loyalty and cynicism" - specifically, the tension between how employees experience and demonstrate both loyalty and cynicism, the latter being a negative, even derisive, attitude that employees develop toward their employers.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 04.10.2016
Do Older People Take Fewer Risks?
Studies by the University of Basel have shown that whether and how risk-taking propensity varies over a person's life span depends in part on how risk taking is measured. When subjects are asked how they assess their risk propensity, a clear reduction with age is the result. However, this reduction is not necessarily observed for specific risk-taking tasks.

Health - Psychology - 13.05.2016
Prenatal Stress Could Enhance Protective Mechanisms of Babies
Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies. Psychologists from the University of Basel together with international colleagues report that certain epigenetic adaptations in newborns suggest this conclusion. Their In their study, the researchers observed that increased concentrations of maternal stress hormones, depressive symptoms and general adversities during pregnancy were accompanied by epigenetic changes in the child.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 21.03.2016
The upside to the end of the world
Disaster films and science-fiction stories can go one step beyond entertaining us: they can also help shape our values. By Susanne Leuenberger (From "Horizons" no. 108 March 2016) The Antarctic wasteland stretches out endlessly before us on the movie screen. For several minutes, the aerial photography explores the sublime beauty and the terrors of this icy world.

Psychology - 08.10.2015
Living in Fear: Mental Disorders as Risk Factors for Chronic Pain in Teenagers
One in four young people have experienced chronic pain and a mental disorder. According to a new report in the Journal of Pain, the onset of pain is often preceded by mental disorders: an above-average rate of incidence of depression, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders occurs before the onset of headaches, back pain and neck pain.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 08.12.2011
From stimulus to emotion: A role for cortex in emotional learning
From stimulus to emotion: A role for cortex in emotional learning A team of neurobiologists around Andreas Lüthi at the Friedrich Miescher Institute of Biomedical Research has shown for the first time that cortex, the largest area of the brain that is typically associated with higher functions such as perception and cognition, is also a prominent site of emotional learning.

Psychology - 23.11.2011
Eye, I, aye
Eye, I, aye
Eye, I, aye: investigating embodiment, identity and sociality and the Internet a talk from Elizabeth Churchill, on December 16th, at 10h15, in room BC 410 Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the increasingly broad remit of human computer interaction (HCI) as a discipline.