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Welcome everybody this early Saturday morning a very warm welcome to the
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University of Amsterdam my name is Annemie Ploeger. I'm a teacher
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from the psychology department I teach one of the first-year courses well and
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I'm very happy to welcome you here and to tell you something about the study
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and why would you like to study psychology and I will also tell you
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something about the curriculum about the courses that you will follow if you
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start studying here but first this cartoon here you see these little guys
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and one is saying when I grow up I'd like to study about people well maybe
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that's also an idea that you have I like to study people and that's why you're
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here you maybe like to study psychology people interest me I'd like to go to
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some big university and study all about people well the University of Amsterdam
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is a big University so here you're at the right place and I see you want to
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learn about people so that with your knowledge you will be equipped to help
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them when it's maybe something you also have in mind like I would like to help
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people well that's one of the things that well we already already like to
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emphasize here already it is early morning that is something you can do
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when you study psychology you can become a clinical psychologist but psychology
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is much broader than just becoming a therapist so actually they say no I'm
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just nosy actually what we're asking from you is that you're curious that you
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like to know more about people about people's minds and that you like to know
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how to study these minds so when you aren't your only motivation is that you
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like to help people then well we already have to disappoint you from this moment
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so we hope that you have a curious mindset and that you'd like to learn more
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about human behavior. So I will tell you something about the University of
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Amsterdam, of studying psychology and I will tell you
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something about the psychology program and that's for the year the 2019/2020
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because the selection procedure for the program that starts in the fall now in
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2018 that selection procedure already started
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so I hope you are here sitting here not for willing to start in the fall because
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that's impossible but we hope you will are willing to
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start one year later in 2019 so what I said, my name is Annemie Ploeger, I am a
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developmental psychologist and as we will see developmental psychology is one
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of the courses in the first year and I'm the teacher of that course so what will
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I talk about I will talk about the study program I will talk about career
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opportunities of course that's very important you do not only want to study
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but you are probably also interested in what kind of jobs you can do when you
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study psychology I will tell you something about the selection procedure
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as you probably know we have more people that want to study psychology than we
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have places so there is a selection procedure and then I'm very happy that
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Julia is here and she's an international student and she will tell something
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about student experience how is student life here at the psychology department
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so what is actually psychology so psychology is the science so we like to
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emphasize that it's a science so we use scientific methods to study our theories
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our hypotheses the psychology is the science of behavior so we like to study
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people and how they behave but that's not the only thing we also like to study
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the underlying processes so why do people show certain behaviors now you
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can think about motivation and about intentions about ideas that people have
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the question is why do people behave the way they do that's in one sentence the
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question that will be addressed when you study psychology so science is mostly
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about seeking answers to "why"-questions so I already asked the big questions why do
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people behave the way they do so that's the the main topic of our study of
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course you can split up this in much smaller questions that are really
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testable that you can actually study so we like to contribute to scientific
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knowledge that's what you do when you study at the University we like to
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become a scientist and contribute to the scientific knowledge that we already
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have so that means that you must have a very open mindset because maybe you have
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an idea of why people behave the way they do then your mindset must be open
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you must be able to study this question to study your your idea your theory
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about how or why people behave the way they do so you must be able to verify
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what you think about this behavior and you must also be able to falsify it so
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you must be open-minded that you are are able to say at the end of your research
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project well my idea was wrong. So that's like a different mindset and that's
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not often what you see in daily life people are usually looking for
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confirmation of what they think but what we will try to teach you is that you
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will question anything that people say that's not only the case for psychology
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that's the case for all studies at the university well and to give you some
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idea this sounds may be very abstract and theoretical but to give you some
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idea of how that works I will give you an example and maybe you have heard
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about this before about the therapeutic touch well you know here you see a
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picture of how that works some people argue that they are able to feel the
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pain that some patients say that they feel so here you see the patient and
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these patients is suffering from some pains and now these therapists they
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don't touch this this person who touches actually an incorrect name but they go
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over with their hands they don't touch the body but they feel they try to feel
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where the pain is that the patient is saying to be feeling. Well and this
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became a quite, in some circles, popular method to help people and of course it's
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very good to help people but at the University we ask questions
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we say well is this it's possible and is this true this is actually a theory that
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we can verify so then what we can do is ask these people ask the patients do you
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think these persons are right do they feel where your pain is and then this
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person may say yes and then the therapists say yes of course we feel
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this so that's one way to study this but we as scientists don't think that's the
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right way because these people have a certain mindset they are involved in
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this situation they are not blind to the whole the circumstances that are being
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studied so we think the the method that I just described to study this we think
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that's that's not scientifically correct so how can we study this in a
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scientifically correct way well this experiment has actually been done so
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what you see here is a subject on the left side and what you see is a
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researcher on the right side and what happens here well it's important to note
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is that the subject and researchers cannot see
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each other there's a screen in between them and what the subject does, the subject
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can move hands below the screen and then the researcher is moving her hands above
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one of the two hands of the subject and then the subject has to tell which where
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I'm it's my hand whereas the hand of the research on the left side or on the
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right side well this is one way to study this the question can it is actually a
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good procedure is this something that we can scientifically verify so this is a
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very nice way to study this well and now the question is what if the theory is
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right what if the patient can actually feel where the hands are of the
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therapists well if the theory is right what do you expect what could be the
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percentage correct so the subject has to guess which hands
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in this situation above which hands my hand is the hand of the researcher so
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what do you expect what kind of score do you expect if people can feel yes yeah
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but what if it if the theory is correct yes above 50 and if if if it's really
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true if people can really feel where somebody's hand is. But without
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actually touching it well then you expect maybe even a hundred percent
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correct if we can feel this if if we without seeing feel that there's a hand
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above my hands then we would expect that in a hundred percent of the cases
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subjects can correctly guess where the hand of the researcher is. Well and what do
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we expect which percentage correct do we expect if this theory is false? Then
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it's 50/50 right because you may think if it's wrong
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it will be zero percent but this is an important thing you're correct it's
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50/50 because the subject can guess it guesses and there are two hands left on
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the left and on the right and what what happens is that you can always guess you
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can gamble and you can guess it correctly just by chance so that's why
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we expect when the theory is false, that in 50% of the cases the subject will be
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correct and in 50% of the cases will be wrong.
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Well and now we did this experiment and what were the results? These were
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the results. So just below chance level just below 50% correct so that means that
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this theory has been falsified by this researcher so because when these
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subjects are only the people that came up with this idea were correct then you
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would expect a percentage correct more in the direction of a 100%.
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Yes? Okay, well these kinds of experiments are we doing at the
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University at the psychology department at a daily basis. So all teachers almost
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all teachers at the University of Amsterdam also do research and of course
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not all of them do this particular experiment but we do thousands of
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experiments on all these kinds of behavior. So what is psychology? So it's a
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science it's a science we'd like to create scientific knowledge we need to
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be open in order to test the theories that we have and well how do you collect
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such knowledge? Well you can do an effective research,
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you think about a methodology so one of the procedures that I showed you is a
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right way to study this with a blind subject. The subject is not
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seeing where the hands of the researcher are so that's a sound methodology well and
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what if we did not find these results but let's say the percentage correct was
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55% maybe 60% do we say okay then the theory is correct or do we say well it
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was not a hundred percent so we say it incorrect well as you probably know we
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have methods to study this. When do we call a finding a significant finding
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and well we have statistics to study them so by telling you this I already
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told you something about the program that you will follow when you start
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studying psychology at the University of Amsterdam so here you see in a second
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the first half year of the study program so what we think is very important is
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that you know something about methodology and statistics so already
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during the first semester of your studies you will get a course on this
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topic and that's because we think it's so important that you get this mindset
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that you get this open mindset that you want to study the theories that you hear
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about but of course you don't do not only want to study methodology and
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statistics so well let's see yes this is something is going wrong here in it all
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right oh well okay no I see this is the first
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course I thought that other courses would pop up but that's first I first
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introduced these other courses because psychology is a science of behavior and
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mental processes and now I will focus on the behavior so we we talked about the
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science the scientific methods and now let's talk about behavior so what is
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behavior or what behavior well we study basically all behavior as a psychologist
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you find any behavior interesting but of course you
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can make choices and what mental processes
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well for example perceiving before you show any behavior you first have to see
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or hear or feel something and that's what we call perception so what you also
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you will already study in the first semester the first year a lot about
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perception because that's the start of all behavior information is coming in
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and you react to that behavior but first you need to you need to perceive
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something now of course you need to think you make decisions so you think
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about the information that is coming into your mind you feel things you want
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things so these are the mental processes that we study well we have four key sub
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disciplines and the first one you will learn about is cognitive psychology so a
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cognition is actually a difficult term what exactly is cognition well it is
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anything that has to do with these mental processes with perception with
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thinking so this is actually a very broad theme cognitive psychology is
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basically everything you need to know about behavior in a single course well
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here you see an example of something that you can perceive so well who likes
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to tell what he sees in this picture? A deer. And what you see well at least
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what I see, it looks like the deer is popping up well now I show
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you this so now I put it upside down so now it's maybe see the deer upside down
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but now look away for a moment blink with your eyes and now look again well
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for some of you maybe you see it exactly the same but for others you do not no
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longer see that the deer is popping up but you see, it seems to be the case
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that it's now not popping out of it but that it's like carved.
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Carved into this thing that you see here so this is called an ambiguous picture so
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this is a picture that you can see in multiple ways well that's part of
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cognitive psychology and we like this kind of pictures because it tells you
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something about how we perceive things that there's not a single way of
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perceiving things that there are very often multiple ways of seeing something
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well so you get an in the first semester of your first year program you get an
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introduction to psychology so that's a very broad course where you get
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information about all sub disciplines but the first sub discipline that you
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will dive into is cognitive psychology well and the general theme of this block
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is psychology: scope, basis and method. And then the second sub discipline that you
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will study is developmental psychology well as I told you I'm the teacher of
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this course at the course in January it's a full-time course and
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developmental psychology is mostly about children how children develop how they
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develop their cognitive skills how they develop their social skills but
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development you can also see it as a development over the lifespan so it also
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includes aging getting old why do we get old and what happens when you get old to
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your cognitive abilities change when you get old why do we have specific diseases
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when you get old so that's also included in developmental psychology well here
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you see a very simple task that we often do with children so what you see here is
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a number of red dots well it's hopefully very easy for you to tell the number of
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dots so it's five and what we do do these tests usually with children
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around the age of 4. And often they are already able to count these numbers but then we
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do a little trick with them. What we do is that in a second row of numbers, we
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spread them out. Well and what you see is that we spread them out but that the
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number of dots remain the same but the interesting thing what if you ask a
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four-year-old which column has more dots then even though they can
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count they count well it's five sometimes they if you start counting one
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two three four five but then you asked which column has more and then they say
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the right one has more so that means that young children cannot combine
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different dimensions so they can count they can see what's shorter and what's
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longer but they cannot combine this information so that's why they make this
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mistake and what we see is that when they get older when they get 6 or 7
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years old that they will do fine on this test well this is a very basic test a
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very old test designed by a very famous developmental psychologist Jean Piaget.
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And when you will start studying psychology you will learn a lot about
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him so in January that's still the first
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semester, you will get the course developmental psychology and
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the general topic is human development so that's very broad not just children
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also adults and the elderly well when you study psychology yeah one part of
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the study is sitting in classrooms like this but even bigger because often
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around 500 students start studying psychology at the University of Amsterdam so
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that means for lectures you will sit in very big lecture
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rooms so here you see an example of this well and maybe that doesn't seem
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to be very attractive maybe you'll feel like a number
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or you feel lonely in the math but fortunately next to these big lectures
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we have small working groups seminars tutorials what you see is these are very
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small groups up to 20 students and you will have the same group the whole
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semester during the whole semester you will have these tutorials with the same
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group of students and with the same teacher so the means that you can
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actually get to know people you can get to know other students you can create
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friendships with them and you also know this teacher. For first year students it
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is very important that they have someone that they can talk to that they can ask
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questions to so this teacher is also a mentor so we are very proud that we have
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this possibility to have these small scale groups and well for example if you
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compare these small scale groups with groups that the VU University, the other
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university of Amsterdam offers, you have smaller groups. So you
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have a big lecture hall for the lectures, but small working groups.
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So this is the complete program of the first semester. You'll get first year
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tutorials and during these tutorials you will discuss the materials that you get
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during the lectures and you will do you practice with the stuff that you learn
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about so these are also very practical is the practical part of the study.
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So then the second semester so the sub discipline that you will get in the
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second semester of the first year is social psychology well and here you see
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two caps and that is one part of one of the most famous experiments in social
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psychology because you see that these caps have two different colors
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and if I would give half of you a blue cap and the other half of you the red
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cap what we found as social psychologists is that even within a few
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minutes you will get an idea about your own group with the blue caps and you
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will favor people with the blue caps if you are in the blue cap group and people
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in the red cap group will favor the people with the red cap even though you
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don't know each other within a couple of minutes this happens well and that's of
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course very interesting finding a very basic finding that also gives you a
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possibility to explain why people show behavior like xenophobia like racism
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because even in a very simple experiment within a couple of minutes you can find
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this in group and out group behavior
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well then the second sub-discipline that you will learn about in the first year
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is work and organizational psychology and this sub discipline is about where
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you will be a psychologist so you will think about healthy workspaces what
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is a healthy workspace in what kind of environments can people flourish in what
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kind of environment do they get stressed how can we change an environment where
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people feel stressful how can we manage people how can we make them work
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together in groups so these are examples of what you study in the field of work
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and organizational psychology so in the second half of the first year, you will
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get social, work and organizational psychology but you see that's not the
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only thing. Now the theme is that humans are social animals but the other
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part that you will get in the second semester is clinical psychology and well
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that's maybe the sub discipline that at the moment may interest you the
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most. Also with clinical psychology if you will specialize in clinical
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psychology you can become a therapist so here you see that situation: the therapist
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is talking to a client and that's what people in clinical psychology do so for
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example try to create a better life for someone with a depression or someone
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with schizophrenia someone with autism etc but because we are scientists we do
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not only do practical side of clinical psychology but we also like to know
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what's going on in the brain of people in general but especially are we
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interested in what is going on in the brain of people with a disorder like
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depression so next to clinical psychology you will get bio psychology
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so you will learn a lot of things about the brain how the brain works how
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neurons work how neurons work together so the question how does our body
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influence our behavior so how does the brain work and how does the brain
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connects to the rest of your body will also be a significant part of your
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first-year program so that's what you get in the second part in the second
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semester clinical psychology combined with bio psychology and the general
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theme is problematic behavior and it's biological basis well then something we
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think it's really important is that you are able to write as you probably know
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when you finish an academic study and you start to work most of your output
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will be written output and that's one of the reasons why we
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think it's very important that you can write well as an academic so we teach
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you academic writing so that's different from the writing that you learn in school
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of course you already when you are in high school you already start with writing
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in an academic way but we will extend that and we will hopefully we will
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manage that all of you can write in very clear text about a scientific study
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So that's academic writing, so that's another block and you will write a
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propaedeutic thesis so you will actually end your first year with your own
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product, a nice thesis on scientific literature. The theme is
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written communication and also in the second half of your study you will
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get your tutorials so again you will have small groups where you discuss
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things and also in small groups you will do this academic writing and you get a
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lot of feedback from your tutor on your academic writing so what do we offer
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next to these lectures and next to these tutorials we offer a digital work
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environment so up until this year that was in blackboard but next year we will
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start with another program canvas but that's quite similar so what we offer is
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weekly assignments so we want you to keep on studying over the whole year and
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not just studying for a final exam so you get weekly assignments weekly tests
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and so we hope that you keep up and also when you study regularly you will
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remember more. So of course students have a tendency to study only right before the
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final exam starts but we know from research that you remember less if you
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only cram knowledge into your mind at the end of a course so we will test
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you continuously it's also practice for the final test and because we work with
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this digital environment you get immediate feedback so a lot of these
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weekly tests will be multiple choice so you immediately see where you stand
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Whether you did it right or you have to study more. Well then the second year
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of the study program so when you finish your first year of course you will go
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into your second year and then we will first dive more into what is it to be an
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academic? So academic thinking is very important also a second course on
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methodology and statistics will happen then and we also start with
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thinking about test construction because psychologists work a lot with
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tests and often people think that creating a test is very easy you just on
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the Sunday afternoon you design your own test but that's not the way it works
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designing a good test that you can use to gather scientific data is
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really a difficult process well then you can also get a course on professional
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orientation because we think it's important that you already start
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thinking about your future early in your studies so you get information about
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master programs that you can do and we help you with thinking about your future
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and already making some first decisions well in the second year you will also
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get a course on psycho diagnostics how do you know that someone is depressed
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what are the criteria well the same for autism or schizophrenia for personality
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disorders, all these kind of disorders will come by and you will learn about
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this well you also get the philosophy of psychology to get a broader picture and
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history of psychology and in the second year, that's the first time that you can
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choose something that you really like so we offer a lot of electives and you can
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choose among them and the one that you like the best that's the one you're
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going to do and here you can even do an elective that's outside psychology so if
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you think I'm also interested in sociology or in
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whatever kind of topic, you can also choose an elective at the University of
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Amsterdam. But even you can go to any university in the Netherlands to do your
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electives so that gives you a lot of freedom well then in the second year we
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also have tutorials and you'll also practice a lot of research skills but
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also and that's very important when you want to become a clinical psychologist
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or therapist conversational skills so how actually do you talk with clients?
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What is your first reaction when you hear for example something that you don't
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like do you immediately start yelling at someone or do you drop back well course
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as a clinical psychologist as a therapist you have to take a stand in
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middle you must be interested in what the other one is saying. But you should
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not react emotionally that's what you learn during this course on
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conversational skills well then the third year of the study program then you
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already choose a specialization so I talked about these sub disciplines
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first of all cognitive psychology and developmental psychology and social
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psychology, work and organizational psychology, clinical psychology and
00:34:41
methodology these are the six specializations that we offer at the
00:34:45
University of Amsterdam so during your third year you do compulsory courses in
00:34:50
that particular specialization and then you also do some electives and very
00:34:59
important you will write a bachelor thesis and you do research in groups and
00:35:05
this is the moment that you do a research project from the beginning to
00:35:11
the end. So you start with thinking about a research
00:35:13
question you start thinking about how to study it how to design an experiment you
00:35:19
collect the data you analyze the data you write up the results in your thesis
00:35:25
At the end of the bachelor you are already
00:35:30
at the start of being a researcher being able to carry out a research project
00:35:40
well and then in the fourth year that's already your master's stage so you can
00:35:45
stop studying after you receive your bachelor degree that's already a
00:35:50
fantastic degree but most students continue studying and will do a master
00:35:56
program well we offer several master's programs. They're devided into six
00:36:04
specializations that we have but within these specializations we have specific
00:36:09
master tracks so one of the master tracks that may be of interest to
00:36:14
you is sports psychology some people like to become a sports psychologist so
00:36:18
that's possible here at the University of Amsterdam now then you will do an
00:36:24
internship so for the first time if you do a clinical master you will actually
00:36:30
meet clients patients you will actually work with them you will get supervision
00:36:36
your supervisor they'll tell you what to do and you will first observe how an
00:36:42
experienced therapist works and then you gradually you will adopt this
00:36:50
behavior and become a therapist yourself well in work and organizational
00:36:54
psychology we'll go to a company and do an internship there and you can also do
00:37:01
if you want to become a researcher you can do a research internship so there
00:37:05
are lots of possibilities and then at the end you also do a very big research
00:37:13
project and the difference with the bachelor thesis is that you do the
00:37:18
research for your bachelor thesis in a group but for your master thesis you
00:37:22
have to show that you can do research independently on your own so you have to
00:37:28
do the whole process of doing research by yourself of course you have a
00:37:32
supervision so it's not like you will be lonely but you have to show that you are
00:37:38
a master in doing research in your field
00:37:47
then the career opportunities what can you do with psychology so I will show
00:37:54
you some career opportunities related to the courses that you will do in the
00:37:59
first year so cognitive psychology what can you do well you become become a
00:38:04
designer and well maybe you think about a designer like someone coming from a
00:38:10
technical university designing products but what as a psychologist you can
00:38:16
design environments for example you see this classroom and there are actually
00:38:21
people thinking about what is a good way to have an environment an optimal
00:38:28
environment for learning so for example this room is maybe too boring or well
00:38:35
you see the seats of different color so there actually there was someone who had
00:38:40
thought about this room and how to design this room in a way for optimal
00:38:46
learning and you can imagine that you can do that in any kind of situation so
00:38:51
for example my husband is an aerospace engineer but at his work there are
00:38:57
psychologists working on human factors so when you design an airplane you also
00:39:02
have to think about the humans that will sit in these airplanes how they feel how
00:39:08
they have to work, how a pilot has to work so that's all cognitive psychology. So for
00:39:16
example a traffic expert is a specific example and well you can always with any
00:39:22
discipline in psychology become a researcher because you are at
00:39:26
a university, so the focus is on research.
00:39:30
well development psychology and there you can become an educational
00:39:34
psychologist a health consultant and of course you can become a child
00:39:38
psychologist so you work with children with for example autism or ADHD so
00:39:45
that's what you learn when you study clinical developmental psychology.
00:39:54
Well then social psychologists they often design behavioral interventions so for
00:40:00
example people want to quit smoking how do you do this can you design a
00:40:06
behavioral intervention to help people to quit smoking well you have to design
00:40:12
these interventions. So also here you see the term designer and a lot of social
00:40:18
psychologists become a trainer so a trainer in social skills and other stuff that
00:40:24
you can do with social behavior. Well, the work and organizational
00:40:31
psychologist is working in recruitment and selection is working as a consultant
00:40:37
for companies and it's working within the organization to create a good work
00:40:43
atmosphere. Well then clinical psychology and here you have to think about if you want
00:40:51
to become a therapist that that is comparable to doing a medical degree but once you
00:40:57
finish your medical degree you have to continue you have to do a specialization
00:41:01
well that's the same the same is true for clinical psychology so you can do
00:41:05
your Bachelor and specialize in clinical psychology then you do a master get a
00:41:11
masters degree in clinical psychology but that's only the start. Then you are
00:41:15
like a basic clinical psychologist then you have to continue so then you have to
00:41:21
do some advanced degree and also for becoming a certified psychotherapist you
00:41:28
have to study four more years so that's comparable to
00:41:32
a medical degree for example when you want to become a surgeon you also have
00:41:37
to keep on studying before you get your final degree and that you can become an
00:41:43
independent surgeon well the same is true for a psycho therapist
00:41:50
Well with biopsychology you can become a neuropsychologist you can study the
00:41:55
brain but you can also study behavior that's directly related to brain
00:42:01
problems for example people getting old start to forget things how do you know
00:42:08
whether this is normal development when you age or do
00:42:15
you have a disease like Alzheimer so neuropsychologist has all kinds of
00:42:19
tests to study the difference between someone with normal aging and someone
00:42:24
with Alzheimer. So if you think this is interesting then you are very welcome to
00:42:35
come to the University and to do what we have called in English a taster session
00:42:41
so in Dutch that's called "proefstuderen" . So what you get during this taster
00:42:47
session is an example of a lecture you will also study independently and you
00:42:53
will do a small exam you get a tutorial with the opportunity to ask questions
00:42:59
and this year the taster session is on April 11 and you can register on the website.
00:43:14
Well then the UvA selection procedure well as I said we have a
00:43:19
selection more people apply than we can place so that's a pity but so we already
00:43:28
ask from you before you apply to really think about is psychology the study
00:43:34
that I want to do is it really the right study for me? If anyone of you thinks the
00:43:40
answer is yes, then you will be invited to come to an UvA selection
00:43:50
procedure so that's actually you will study here at the University for a week
00:43:55
so that's after, for the Dutch students, you get your "VWO diploma"
00:44:00
then there's a week that you can study here no extra preparation is
00:44:06
needed you can really study in this single week and what you will see is
00:44:13
that there is a lecture day, on which you will study independently.
00:44:18
you will read literature that is an example of literature that you
00:44:23
will read during your first year. You will get access to the digital learning
00:44:28
environment so you can do assignments you can practice with exam questions and
00:44:33
then at the end of the week there's a test day and you will get a
00:44:36
multiple-choice exam and then this is the most important thing for being
00:44:42
selected so even when you have high grades in high school when you fail on
00:44:49
this test. Well that's how we select; purely based on this test.
00:44:56
So when can you enroll? The selection procedures are in February
00:45:04
2019, so that's pretty far away. There's one round in February and
00:45:10
then one round in March and specific dates will be announced on the website
00:45:14
in September. Well why do we rely so much on this single test? Well because
00:45:24
we know that this test predicts how well you will do when you start studying
00:45:30
psychology. We have collected these data for years and years and what we
00:45:35
found and that's maybe surprising but that the score on this test is a better
00:45:39
predictor of your study success than your grades in high school so that's
00:45:45
interesting isn't it so if you decide to want to study psychology check the entry
00:45:53
requirements especially for international students so for the Dutch
00:45:57
students the "VWO diploma" is okay. Then submit your enrollment application so
00:46:06
that's on the website called "studielink". Attend the lectures on the lecture day
00:46:12
so in the selection week and take the selection test and then afterwards we
00:46:21
will inform you about the ranking so it's a multiple choice test so well the
00:46:25
scores are pretty easy to get so very soon after the test we'll know your rank.
00:46:30
And you get a ranking number so when you're high in this ranking you
00:46:35
know you're in and while you're low on this ranking you
00:46:37
have to wait how many people will who were high in the ranking will actually
00:46:42
show up and study psychology here at the University of Amsterdam so hopefully you
00:46:47
are among the higher ranking students
00:46:53
and the application is on the web site study link and it opens on the
00:47:03
4th of October, so between the 4th of October and January 15th you can apply.
00:47:17
Especially for international students you need to have mathematics in your
00:47:23
high school final exam. So for the Dutch students: all of you do mathematics
00:47:30
at some level. We accept all levels of mathematics that
00:47:36
are offered in high school in the Netherlands but for international
00:47:41
programs you have an international high school we will check this whether your
00:47:46
mathematical skills are good enough to study psychology that's because we offer
00:47:51
these statistics classes so you need to have some basic knowledge of math in
00:47:55
order to be successful in psychology so we don't do these the pretext of your
00:48:00
prior education so even though what I already said you have high grades in
00:48:05
high school that doesn't matter everyone has to do the test. Of course,
00:48:12
if you think you are the right student for studying
00:48:16
psychology then we're very happy to receive your application.
00:48:30
Of course I can understand that you have a lot of questions, but
00:48:35
from our experience from other open days, we know that these questions you
00:48:41
have are often very specific so if you have questions about admission you can
00:48:47
go to the "E" building so you are now in the "C" building. You can go to
00:48:52
the "E" building and there's an information market and there for
00:48:55
example about admission there are people who are specialized in the admission
00:48:59
procedure at UvA, so you can go there for more information if you have
00:49:05
questions about content of the program you can come to me afterwards but the
00:49:11
most important part of this presentation is the student experience how is it to
00:49:17
be a student at University of Amsterdam in psychology so I would like to give
00:49:22
Julia the floor to tell something about it.
00:49:32
So they gave me like five microphones and said relax just don't forget to turn
00:49:38
any of them on like easy so yeah I'm international student at the
00:49:44
University of Amsterdam. I study psychology in the major and
00:49:46
communication science in the minor I'm originally from Germany so how many
00:49:52
Germans are there today that's not even that many I was hoping to feel a little
00:49:58
bit home yes mainly I wanted to give you guys some tips so that's why I brought
00:50:06
my script and also because scripted jokes are always the best so I thought
00:50:11
that would help no first studying at the University of
00:50:15
Amsterdam and especially studying psychology I can highly recommend
00:50:18
because I find I don't know if you guys knew that but the University of
00:50:23
Amsterdam has a really high rank for psychology it's I think the best University
00:50:28
in psychology in Europe and one of the 10 best in the world and I
00:50:32
find you can really tell because yeah what's been mentioned now is that of
00:50:37
course you sit in lectures with a lot of people but in the end you have small
00:50:41
groups and I felt like whenever I had a problem I actually knew who to talk to
00:50:46
and I felt like even there are so many people they still individually deal with
00:50:52
your trouble, for example I didn't study in English I study in Dutch so I
00:50:57
had to learn Dutch just for the study and in the beginning of course that was
00:51:01
really hard and so they offered me to get video lectures for the first year so
00:51:05
could literally rewatch all the lectures and it made my life so much
00:51:09
easier so this kind of stuff is what I really appreciate about the University
00:51:14
of Amsterdam because it's massive amounts of students but still you get so
00:51:17
much help and then also of course what's really nice is that you have exams every
00:51:23
month so you actually keep studying so you don't have to force yourself to have
00:51:27
a structure because you're actually forced to study every month so that's
00:51:32
really that that seems to be stressful in the beginning but it really helps and
00:51:37
then specific for international students - how many Dutch students are here today
00:51:42
that's quite a few okay because I also have some tips specifically for
00:51:48
internationals I know you're not going to be starting next year so coming up
00:51:53
year, but you're going to be starting the year after if you're gonna start. But
00:51:56
what I highly recommend is that you open a bank account on time because this
00:52:00
helps you to actually get a phone contract you need to have money on an
00:52:04
account for about six months before you can actually get a phone contract and if
00:52:09
you want to call your parents from time to time like me everyday then it
00:52:16
really helps to have a contract of course. So you could use
00:52:19
internet to call over whatsapp furthermore I recommend that you already
00:52:23
sign up for housing now and you make sure it's registered housing if you want
00:52:28
to receive your food packages from home because otherwise yeah you need you know
00:52:33
you need to be registered on an address in order to be able to get a number
00:52:39
here like a citizenship number so you can get a job you can get insurance all
00:52:44
this kind of stuff there's some practical tips but nobody told me you
00:52:48
know would have been glad other than that I think this is as much as I can
00:52:56
give you all the way but I think you probably have questions about how it is
00:53:01
to be a student here so I propose you have like five minutes to throw them all
00:53:05
at me and I try to answer them so go
00:53:11
are there any questions about student experience? Yes. That's a challenging
00:53:24
question now um well how much is it supposed to be? It is forty
00:53:32
hours, the thing is because I do a minor parallel I study even more because I do
00:53:37
a second subject. But yeah you know it depends, like you have to
00:53:42
calculate all the hours you spend in lectures, which isn't as much because you
00:53:46
literally have like four lectures a week which is each lecture takes two hours
00:53:51
and then you have two sessions mostly in a smaller group so hours that you have
00:53:57
to attend are not so many but then in the end you really want to keep studying
00:54:00
and especially if you're planning on reading the books which is quite
00:54:03
interesting I would definitely recommend that you that you always keep studying a
00:54:10
little bit it's meant to be which is maybe important it's meant to be a
00:54:16
nine-to-five job which means you're literally busy from nine to five but you
00:54:21
have you're free in the evenings and you're free in weekends and I mean that's
00:54:25
great in Amsterdam because as you might know Amsterdam has quite a good party
00:54:30
party scene so you wanna have the weekends off of course enjoy observe
00:54:34
also to enjoy the cultural offers of the city but then of course in order to to
00:54:40
enjoy the weekend you need to see it as a nine-to-five job but that also means
00:54:43
that it allows you for example to work some hours for example I have a minor
00:54:50
job next to uni so yeah any more any other questions yes.
00:55:04
No, it's only starting next year that psychology is offered in English and
00:55:11
well for me it was I knew that all universities in the Netherlands are
00:55:16
really good for psychology that's kind of generally known and then Amsterdam
00:55:20
was a city I liked it had it had the best ranking literally and I also
00:55:25
wanted to learn a new language for me studying and this is also something I
00:55:28
can recommend to you guys for me learning Dutch was very essential
00:55:31
because it helps you to actually meet locals and not always stick to the
00:55:36
international scene which of course is also nice but I've just found it really
00:55:40
nice to learn Dutch so it was like an extra challenge. I also saw it would be an
00:55:44
extra qualification for me to parallel to uni actually also learned a language
00:55:48
on a really good level so yeah this was mainly the reason and then also what I
00:55:55
can recommend for psychology is I don't know if you noticed but sometimes
00:55:59
psychology belongs to different faculties at University so here it's
00:56:02
behavioral sciences but then if you go to different cities for example in
00:56:07
Germany where I was admitted also belongs to mathematical to the
00:56:13
mathematical faculty which means depending on which faculty it belongs to
00:56:18
the focus is a little bit different so in this city where was also admitted
00:56:22
would have been a lot of Statistics and it is it is a lot of Statistics here but
00:56:26
I find it's a pretty good balance so whenever you're like covered in numbers
00:56:32
and statistics and then then you actually get a subject that reminds you
00:56:37
oh yeah that's why I studied psychology initially to actually learn about people
00:56:42
and behavioral things so yeah any other questions?
00:56:52
Well guys then I hope that you aren't scared off by the selection procedure

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