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News from Department of Communication and Psychology
New journal on interdisciplinary psychology sees the light of day
THe journal, Human Arenas, will provide a new outlet for research into psychology, culture and meaning starting in March 2018.
PhD Thesis by Ruth-Susanne Hertrampf: Keyboard of Life
The present mixed-methods study aimed at investigating the influence of Group Music and Imagery therapy on the psychological outcomes anxiety, depression, quality of life, and well-being among women diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer at the beginning of curative or early palliative medical outpatient treatment.
PhD Thesis by Juanita Eslava: The Attention Profile in Music Therapy Assessment for Children.
This research study uses knowledge from the areas of neuropsychology, music psychology, music therapy assessment and clinical practice to design the Attention Profile in Music Therapy assessment tool (APMT) and conducts a pilot study to establish reliability and validity of the of the tool.
New issue of Journal of Somaesthetics: Bodies of Belief / Bodies of Care
The articles examine diverse issues of bodily belief and care from different perspectives. Topics range from autoimmunity and psychological therapy to religious belief, tattoos, and neoliberal institutions of health care.
Video about Science Advice
"We cannot just take expertise and science for granted - we need to think more carefully to find ways of communicating and understanding research", David Budtz Pedersen from Department of Communication and Psychology states in this video from International Network of Governmental Science Advisers. Watch the video.
New issue of Journal of PBL in Higher Education: Blended Learning in Architecture and Design Education
The aim of this special issue is to elucidate current practices and experiences of mixing traditional, physical, location-specific and face-to-face modes of learning with online learning formats – altogether known as blended learning. In the design disciplines, this poses particular challenges, as design learning has traditionally been deeply rooted in practices which involve interaction with both people – peers and instructors – and physical matter.
PhD Thesis by Jacob Østergaard Madsen: Underprivileged Citizens’ Use of Technology for Everyday Health Management
In this doctoral thesis, Jacob Madsen addresses the problem of inequality in health by focusing on how underprivileged citizens experience and manage health-related problems in their everyday lives. Particularly, he focuses on the citizen’s use of technology for engaging in health-related occupation.
PhD Thesis by Nikorn Rongbutsri: Students Using Online Collaborative Tools in Problem-Oriented Project-Based Learning
This research starts by presenting an overview of how students in Problem-Oriented Project-Based Learning adopt online communication tools. The research reveals the behaviour of students individually, and socially in their groups, in relation to their attitudes towards adoption of communication tools. From the data, the researcher established that a weak division of labour in a project group better enables learning than a strong division.
PhD Thesis by Farshad Badie: A Theoretical Model for Meaning Construction through Constructivist Concept Learning
The central focus of this Ph.D. research is on ‘Logic and Cognition’ and, more specifically, this research covers five academic areas: Logic and Logical Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Educational Psychology, Cognitive Science and Computer Science.
Frederik Stjernfelt har modtaget Blixenprisen for årets indsats for ytringsfriheden
Frederik Stjernfelt har sammen med Jacob Mchangama modtaget Blixenprisen 2017 for bogen ”Men – Ytringsfrihedens historie i Danmark”.
PhD Thesis by Ester Holte Kofod: Parental Grief after Infant Loss
This thesis examines bereaved parents’ experiences of grief after the loss of an infant child, and how cultural representations, expectations, and norms mediate individual bereavement experiences.
PhD Thesis by David Marco Carré Benzi: Towards a Cultural Psychology of Science: Economics and Economists in contemporary Chile
The present thesis looks to complement existing social studies of science with a cultural psychological perspective, which is sensitive to the personal nature of the scientific activity but also to the cultural conditions in which scientific knowledge is constructed, without subsuming any of these dimensions into the other. At the same time, it offers a novel perspective on the notorious role that economists have had in contemporary Chilean society, a topic that has been largely addressed as social and institutional.
PhD Thesis by Diana Schack Thoft
Title of thesis: "Involving People with Earlystage Dementia in Qualitative Research about their Lifeworld Perspectives". The aim of the study was to develop a participatory research model drawing from qualitative research about the lifeworld perspectives of people with early-stage dementia.
PhD Thesis by Christian Ravn Haslam
This thesis addresses the concept of student-driven innovation from the perspective of vocational education. This is done by experimenting with interdisciplinary problem-based workshops as a tool for generating and applying innovation capacity. These workshops are adapted from university and university college level initiatives to learn how experience generated through use of these methods and principles can be applied within the vocational domain.
PhD Thesis by Morten Lund
The objective of this dissertation is to establish “Functional animation” as the concept for the use of movement as a component in the design of user interfaces for interactive digital systems. The research is grounded in an understanding of interaction design as an interdisciplinary activity that encompasses animation as the skill to control motion as an expressive phenomenon.
New book: Participatory Design & Health Information Technology
This book by Anne Marie Kanstrup, Ann Bygholm, Pernille Bertelsen and Christian Nøhr presents the contributions of researchers from 5 countries, who share their experience and insights into applying Participatory Design in the development of Health Information Technology.
New book by Richard Shusterman: The Adventures of the Man in Gold
The Adventures of the Man in Gold extends Shusterman’s philosophical experimentation to the realm of literary fiction and is inspired by his practice of performance art in collaboration with the artist Yann Toma, who provides the images for this hybrid text.
PhD Thesis by Marianne Riis: Avatar-mediation and transformation of practice in a 3d virtual world
This study contributes with knowledge about 3D Virtual Worlds, the influence of the avatar phenomenon and the consequences of 3D-remediation in relation to teaching and learning in online education.