HSRI: Cross-cutting themes
The increasing need for investigating complex societal problems in a more integral way requires expertise that crosses the boundaries of a specific discipline. We connect the expert knowledge, experience, and related research networks of all nine Departments within the Herbert Simon Research Institute to obtain interdisciplinary knowledge that will increase the well-being of individuals, teams, organizations, and society and their ability to adapt to a changing living and working environment.
HSRI researchers have knowledge on cognitive neuropsychology, medical and clinical psychology, developmental psychology, organizational psychology, human resource studies, social psychology, sociology and care and wellbeing.
Our ambition is to contribute to the solution to the most important problems our society is facing. By joining expertise from our different social and behavioral science disciplines we are much better able to do so.
- Jeroen Vermunt, Head of HSRI - Vice Dean of Research
Our interdisciplinary research is focused on three cross-cutting research themes, which address actual themes in need of both fundamental and applied interdisciplinary research.
Adaptive societies, organizations and workers
How do societies, organizations and individuals react and change in regard to challenges?More information
How can we integrate biological, social, and psychological perspectives when investigating development over the lifespan?More information
Personalized Prevention and Care
How can we integrate differences between individuals into health care?More information
Overview of our projects
The Emotions Within: Improving the Accuracy and Impact of Emotion Measurement in Wellbeing Across the Lifespan [PhD project]
This project aims to develop ecologically valid, contextually sensitive measures of emotion that can be used in intensive, longitudinal, within-person research such as experience sampling (ESM) and applies these to concrete questions of emotions-wellbeing dynamics across the lifespan and during major life events.
Towards accurate assessment of physical activity and sleep in cancer survivors: A validation study [Seed Funding]
We aim to validate the wrist-worn Fitbit Inspire HR against the wrist-worn research-grade Actigraph wGT3X in a population of breast cancer survivors to measure physical activity and sleep.
Personalized Measurement and Care: Validating A Novel Patient-Friendly Experience Sampling Measurement Design [Seed Funding]
This project will develop a highly personalized measurement design that strikes an optimal balance between thoroughly mapping patients’ symptoms and keeping the number of items a person needs to answer to a minimum.
Stress Recovery Strategies in Older Adults and Their Link to Well-Being and Health [Seed Funding]
As individual differences in adaptive stress recovery have not been systematically investigated, we aim to identify differences between younger and older adults in self-reported stress recovery strategies and their relation to health and well-being. Furthermore, we aim to evaluate psychological stress recovery processes in younger and older adults in real life by using Experience Sampling Method (ESM).
[Project Duration: 2022-Ongoing]
Does Grandchild Caregiving Affect Older Adults’ Cognition and Well-being Beyond Work? [Seed Funding]
In this project, we thus take a more comprehensive perspective by including detailed information on both, grandparenting and grandparents’ work context and activities, while also studying these effects at the daily level, in an ecologically valid context.
[Project Duration: 2023-Ongoing]
Developing a lifestyle tool to initiate, change and maintain health behaviours in Type 2 diabetes [Seed Funding]
The current project aims to establish which factors are needed to develop a lifestyle tool based on CBT principles that is focused on sustaining healthy behaviours over the long-term at the individual level.
Uncovering the most robust predictors of belonging in the workplace [Seed Funding]
Having a sense of belonging in the workplace is essential. When this need of belongingness is unmet, many negative consequences follow, including aggressive behavior, reduced employee well-being, lower performance, and higher turnover rates. Understanding what predicts employee belonging represents an important step for fostering belonging at work.
[Project Duration: 2021-Ongoing]
- Once a year a PhD project call for HSRI researchers
- Once a year a call for HSRI internal seed funding
- Around the year the possibility to ask for money to support research meetings
Meet our PhD students
Ketaki DiwanPhD student 2020
PhD project: Transition from University to Work: Understanding Personality Development
Departments involved: Developmental Psychology; Human Resource Studies
Evi van den ElzenPhD student 2020
PhD project: Personalized Cognitive Diagnostics for Early Detection of Dementia
Departments involved: Cognitive Neuropsychology; Developmental Psychology; Methodology and Statistics
Mitchell MatthijssenPhD student 2020
PhD project: Understanding vaccination hesitancy by studying irregular individuals
Departments involved: Social Psychology, Sociology, Tranzo