Health and Social Psychology

Why is it so hard for some people to limit their alcohol consumption? Why do some people lose their temper easily? Do you like finding answers to questions such as these? And can you see yourself helping people change their habits? Then you should consider specialising in Health and Social Psychology. The main focus of this specialisation is on understanding how people’s personalities, cognitions and social environment influence their health and social functioning. You'll analyse the underlying mechanisms of unhealthy or antisocial behaviour using recent theories and models from various psychological disciplines. And you'll use this knowledge to set up behaviour-change programmes. After completing your master’s, you can become a researcher in an academic or applied health setting, or work in communication planning, health promotion or policy-making.

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“You probably know how it feels to be ‘in the flow’, to be highly focused on a specific task. Do you also know the underlying theory behind this mental state? Discover the flow-theory and many other interesting findings in the field of Health and Social Psychology.”


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      Two post-doc vacancies opened at the Biomedical Neuroscience Lab (; PI: Dr Diana Prata, with double affiliation in King’s College London), at the University of Lisbon - for research in human social neuroscience and the oxytocin and the dopamine systems in a highly interdisciplinary 3-year project involving pharmacology, genetics and a range of psychophysiological techniques. Expertise in fMRI and/or EEG highly preferred; and in eye-tracking and SCR favourable. Negotiable salary. Open until 26th of Jan 2019. We look forward to welcoming you!:

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      Today, we had a full lecture hall during the Experience Day for prospective students, interested in the Psychology bachelor's programme. It was the last Experience Day before the application deadline on 15 January 2019!

      Did you miss this chance to visit Maastricht University? Don't worry, we have another event coming up soon. The Bachelor's Open Day (BOD) takes place on 9 February 2019. You can find more information about the BOD and the link to register on this page:

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      *for Dutch speaking students* Gratis Cursus Effectief communiceren in het Nederlands vanaf 17 januari. Een ideale manier voor Nederlandstalige UM bachelor en masterstudenten om hun academisch Nederlands naar een hoger niveau te tillen. Om toegelaten te kunnen worden tot de cursus moet je een minimum taalniveau Nederlands op B2/NT2-II niveau aan kunnen tonen. Klik hier voor meer informatie over de gratis cursus:

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