Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
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Project Information

Project Title
"A societal paradox: The discrepancy between individual well-being and collective discontent"

Institute
University of Groningen - Social and Organizational Psychology

PhD Student
Anne Marthe van der Bles

Supervisor(s)
Prof.dr. T. Postmes (University of Groningen)
Prof.dr. R. Meijer (University of Groningen)

Period
1 September 2012 - 1 September 2016

Funding
University of Groningen


Summary

For the last decade, several countries witnessed severe societal discontent. Paradoxically, such discontent can exist despite high levels of individual well-being. Current psychological research cannot fully explain this discrepancy. By building on recent advances in measurement of properties of groups, our project develops a new method of measuring collective perceptions of society so that we can study their consequences (e.g., for voting, interpretation of news) and causes. Our overarching aim is to resolve the discrepancy between individual well-being and collective discontent. Understanding collective perceptions of society not only advances fundamental knowledge, but also has practical relevance for managing societal discontent.


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