Peter Vorderer opening speech



Peter Vorderer, Johan Hoorn, Stacey Spiegel






CAMeRA Research Day

A networking success


The walls were covered with research posters, the different faculties were present and almost all of the researchers participating in CAMeRA were there. On a cold winter morning, the members of CAMeRA came together to share coffee with CAMeRA-cake and above all, to share their current research and their ideas for the future. The four faculties with which the center started were all there: Psychology and Education, Exact Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.


Peter Vorderer, the scientific director of CAMeRA, started the morning saying that “Today is not meant as a very formal day” and that “everyone was invited today to contribute, to show what they are interested in, to try to make connections, and to see how we will collaborate together in the future.”


Pim Cuijpers, vice-dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Education, focussed on the possibilities for collaboration concerning internet-based therapy and the cognitive psychology of perception as well as the effects of compulsive internet use. There is also a new aphasia project being developed and a lot of research ideas are still brewing.

Guus Schreiber of the faculty of Exact Sciences said that “Most of us work in the web and media group. Officially this group is the only one that participates in CAMeRA. In the web and media group we focus mainly on web, intelligent web, searching the web, and search applications in the cultural domain.” Apart from that, CAMeRA is involved in many other activities within Computer sciences.


The Faculty of Social Sciences, represented by Elly Konijn explained that out of the six disciplines of this large faculty “the department of communication sciences is the most organic to collaborate within CAMeRA as we provide its director but also with regard to the content of our work. Many of our projects can be called media psychology, an area that already is interdisciplinary by nature, which makes it very easy to participate in CAMeRA”.


Peter Vorderer introduced the largest faculty involved in CAMeRA. “Although I am hesitant to point to any differences in faculties in CAMeRA as they are all areas close to us, the Faculty of Arts showed a great deal of enthusiasm and a great deal of initiative in their participation with us.” For the Faculty of Arts Gerard Steen stressed “We are not the faculty of Literature, we do more than just grammar and Shakespeare.” He explained more on the content of the research program not by giving examples but by describing an overall framework of genre in which all the linguistic interests are brought together. “We are interested in communication processes between people and the language used; we are interested in psychology and communication science. From this general framework one can make connections with all of the projects we are running and with all of the current research”.


After the faculty introductions Johan Hoorn, managing director of CAMeRA, started the networking session by telling the researchers “Now we are going to make those connections” and adding “those who know each other are not allowed at the same table.” Over coffee and lunch many new connections were indeed made. All the researchers discovered new studies, different methods, theory and new possibilities. Overall the day was a great success and we hope to see many new projects coming out of the CAMeRA Research Day. Forged between different faculties and sealed with cake.


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