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Tilburg University Magazine is an online magazine about Tilburg University's education and research and the impact these have on society. The magazine connects the university with its alumni and relations from the world of business, politics, and social organizations.
GO-LAB unravels the interaction between body and mind
Consensus in scientific literature is strong: people who experience and for fear of rejection hide many negative emotions are irrefutably at a higher risk of contracting cardiovascular disease. But why are they? “Questionnaires are of little use in answering that question, but physical reactions reveal more than words,” says researcher Stefanie Duijndam. At Tilburg University, she is in charge of GO-LAB where attempts are made to methodically and objectively analyze how the mental and physical dimensions of people’s condition interact.
“If you want daring and creative ideas, ask Generation Z”
With the Shaping New Commons essay contest, Tilburg University is taking the next step in taking stock of ideas about the world during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Generation Z members will share their perspectives and ideas, and the best essays will be featured in the book Shaping New Commons.
Amber and Jorine from Serve the City meet people outside their ‘student bubble’
‘Showing kindness in practical way’. That is the first sentence that pops up if you google the Dutch volunteer organization ‘Serve the City’. In Tilburg, student volunteers carry out this mission and they are committed to making a contribution to the city’s wellbeing. Board members Amber van Ginneken and Jorine van Gasteren have already meant a great deal to the homeless, the underprivileged, the elderly, children, and the lonely.
Text data help detect mental problems due to corona
Surveys show that people experience fewer negative emotions when there are fewer corona measures. When you dig deeper, however, it turns out that many people do not shake off negative emotions so easily. This is shown by a text analysis by researcher Bennett Kleinberg.
Government must provide the framework to make homes more sustainable
The Dutch Cabinet has decided that Dutch households have to switch away from gas heating their homes. Therefore, improving the energy-efficiency of homes as a first conditon is high on the energy transition agenda. Recently, another urgent reason to make homes more energy-efficient has presented itself: sky-rocketing gas prices. This seems to have given the process of making homes more future-proof even more momentum. Professor Dirk Brounen, Professor of Real Estate Economics, is not surprised that the move towards more sustainability is suddenly accelerating. ‘Behavioral Economics has shown us that financial incentives affect people's behavior.’ But it should not be up to citizens alone. ‘The initiative should come from the politicians.’ Dirk Brounen has lots of ideas on how to give impetus to improving the energy-efficiency of homes.
Successful aging at work: What works?
Now that the population is aging and what with the shortages in the labor market, it is important that employees continue to work up to their statutory retirement age or even beyond. But not everybody can or wants to. Job crafting can help aging employees to continue to enjoy their work.
Why one busker makes more money than another
Also hunger for knowledge? Fancy a snack? Samuel Stäbler, affiliated with the Tilburg School of Economics and Management in Tilburg, has explored which factors determine listeners’ giving behavior. In a field study, he studied for three months the behavior of 80,471 people who donated to 72 street musicians in downtown Cologne.
Wonder as the true basis for research: Royal award for Victor Pop
For his research, his track record in healthcare and years of commitment to improving primary care, emeritus professor of primary care Victor Pop has been appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Read his story on pregnancy immunology, the nonsense surrounding postpartum depression and a groundbreaking study... of baby teeth.
University Council turns fifty
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the University Council (or College Council as it was originally called) of Tilburg University. Before staff and students were allowed to discuss and co-decide the direction the university would take, all power lay with the Curatorium (board of governors) and the Senate. At its July 2021 meeting, the University Council briefly commemorated this milestone.
Whinell Bunchee Togar has big dreams
Whinell Bunchee Togar from Liberia studied Communication and Information Sciences at Tilburg University. She obtained her master's degree with a scholarship from the Tilburg university Fund. Whinell, married and the mother of a son, has the dream of becoming a teacher at the University in Liberia.
Remote work isn’t a solution that will work for everyone
Since the start of the Corona pandemic, working from home has been an unescapable reality for many workers. Now that the worst seems to be over, many organizations are faced with the question: what’s next? “The answer to that can’t be one size fits all”, says social psychologist Tony Evans. “During the pandemic, personality traits played an important role in how people performed and how they felt while working from home. And we learned that remote work isn’t a solution that works for everyone. Organizations should consider providing flexible hybrid working options, and allow employees to choose work environments that suit their personalities.”
Social life after corona: “Picking up the thread will take some getting used to”
Loneliness is widespread in our society and was therefore already high on the social agenda before the corona crisis. Reseacher Gerine Lodder knows all about it. “It is a misconception that young people are never lonely. Building a social life has many challenges, especially now that many young people have missed eighteen months of normal social exposure."