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.

Amil Nabhani | Student Ambassador

“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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      Apply before the end of the month! The new International Joint Master of Research in Work and Organizational Psychology focusses on questions such as: which working conditions help prevent mental fatigue? What determines the effectiveness of a team? You'll study at Maastricht University, Leuphana University, and University of Valencia.

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      On 20 March, you can vote in the Waterschapsverkiezingen for the board of the Waterschap Limburg. The Waterschap is the body which decides on how the water tax is used and administers water ways, dikes, the cleanliness of water in municipalities and nature.

      With your vote, you can make a difference on how water should be used and treated in Limburg: Should it benefit agriculture first? How natural should water be for the environment? Should we do more research, and what method should be implemented to prevent floods? By voting, you can make a difference for your future and the future of the following generations. Information video [in Dutch]:

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      Maastricht University Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience updated their cover photo.

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