Study the relationship between health, body, mind, and behaviour in order to promote healthier lifestyles and support people coping with diseases.
How can you encourage people to quit smoking? Or to sunbathe responsibly? What are the opportunities of (new) technologies like Fitbit and health apps in stimulating people to exercise more? But also: how can you support patients – and their caregivers – dealing with the psychological challenges of chronic diseases (e.g. cancer or dementia), such as fatigue, pain, depression, or anxiety? In the specialisation in Health Psychology & Technology, you will use an in-depth understanding of (social) psychology and explore the opportunities provided by technological innovations to promote healthier lifestyles or to help people cope with diseases.
Within this specialisation, you will study the relationship between health and human emotions, cognitions, and behaviour. How does an illness influence psychological processing and well-being? And how do people make (un)healthy decisions? You will explore several behaviour change techniques, including theories about motivation and self-regulation, but also implicit techniques that deal with unconscious awareness. Moreover, you will research determinants of health and (socio-economic) health differences between various population groups. What makes certain people more susceptible to unhealthy behaviour? And how can you turn this around?
This specialisation pays special attention to the role of technology within health psychology. You will study how technological interventions can be applied for improving health or adaptation to disease. For example, you might research how Virtual Reality can help distract patients from the pain when undergoing a certain treatment. Or you could evaluate the effectiveness of eHealth apps, such as mindfulness apps or calorie counters. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to be a health psychology professional in today’s digitalised world.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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