Nerd, loves the brain even more than your average zombie, into etymology and reading, drawn to anything tech-related, especially artificial intelligence. Wants to explore information sampling aspects of youth's social media use and how these experiences relate to young people's wellbeing.
Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his brain.
Nastasia Griffioen obtained her BSc in Psychology from Radboud University Nijmegen, followed by a Research MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from Leiden University. Before being appointed as a PhD-candidate at GEMH Lab, Nastasia spent little under two years gaining more practical experience conducting and managing research projects at the Donders Institute's Decision Neuroscience Lab. After a short soul-search, Nastasia decided to focus on an information-sampling approach to social media and is now investigating how social media information and experiences relate to adolescent mental health.
Human beings are only able to perceive and process a limited amount of information, and we have evolved to sample parts of information and attempt to draw accurate and workable conclusions based on this sample available to us. Especially social information is particularly salient and, we believe, strongly related to mental health outcomes. Social media are immensely popular, and - as it happens - an immensely dense source of social information. In this project, we investigate what sort of information and experiences young people encounter on these social media, and how these things relate to their mental wellbeing.
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