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See detailThe Matthew Effect in Electoral Campaigns: Increase in Policy Congruence Inequality During the Campaign
Walgrave, Stefaan; Lesschaeve, Christophe UL

in Electoral Studies : An International Journal (in press)

Previous studies have almost consistently found differences between lower and higher educated voters regarding their policy congruence, the policy position agreement between voters and their party. This ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have almost consistently found differences between lower and higher educated voters regarding their policy congruence, the policy position agreement between voters and their party. This study analyses the role of a campaign herein. Based on novel panel evidence with an extensive battery of policy statements, combined with a survey of party leaders using the same items, we find that, more than the lowly educated, the highly educated profit from the campaign to increase their policy congruence. The reason for the increased inequality is that the later switch parties more often during the campaign than the former. Our evidence also suggests that the higher educated switch parties because this may increase their policy congruence. In sum, the campaign produces a Matthew effect. Those already having a higher policy congruence increase their congruence even further, while those with a lower congruence to start with, do not make any significant progress. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic interplay of language policy, beliefs and pedagogy in a nursery class in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine UL

in Language and Education (in press)

This presentation focuses on the relationship between the language policy, language ideologies and language practices in a nursery class in trilingual Luxembourg. Individual multilingualism is an ... [more ▼]

This presentation focuses on the relationship between the language policy, language ideologies and language practices in a nursery class in trilingual Luxembourg. Individual multilingualism is an educational goal in Luxembourg, a small country in central Europe, and, thus, children learn Luxembourgish from the compulsory nursery school, become literate in German in Year 1 and learn oral and written French from Year 2 and Year 3, respectively. Currently, 62.4% of the children do not speak Luxembourgish on school entry (MENJE 2016). Many speak Portuguese, French or a language of the Balkans. As a result, educational policies focus on the teaching of Luxembourgish from preschool, sometimes at the expense of other languages. Gretsch and Kirsch (2015) developed the app iTEO in order to promote innovative teaching methods that capitalize on the children’s diverse language resources and that promote a dynamic view of bilingualism. This ipad app, which allows for the recording and editing of oral speech, was designed with social-constructivist theories and Bakhtin’s theory of dialogism in mind. This case-study presents the ways in which a preschool teacher’s ideological beliefs influence a child’s language use over a period of two years leading to the child’s understanding of the legitimacy of translanguaging. The focus lies on the interplay between the educational policy focusing on the teaching of Luxembourgish, the teacher’s language ideologies rooted in her multilingual identity and in societal multilingualism, and the child’s experiences of separating languages at home (Kirsch, 2014). The data stem from a qualitative, longitudinal study using a multi-method approach. The study shows that dialogue between teachers, parents, children, policy-makers and researchers can contribute to shifting ideologies and to opening up dynamic languaging spaces. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloping speaking and pronunciation skills through storytelling on the app iTEO
Kirsch, Claudine UL

in Hood, Philip (Ed.) Teaching Languages Creatively (in press)

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See detailPivotal decomposition schemes inducing clones of operations
Couceiro, Miguel; Teheux, Bruno UL

in Contributions to Algebra and Geometry (in press)

We study pivotal decomposition schemes and investigate classes of pivotally decomposable operations. We provide sufficient conditions on pivotal operations that guarantee that the corresponding classes of ... [more ▼]

We study pivotal decomposition schemes and investigate classes of pivotally decomposable operations. We provide sufficient conditions on pivotal operations that guarantee that the corresponding classes of pivotally decomposable operations are clones, and show that under certain assumptions these conditions are also necessary. In the latter case, the pivotal operation together with the constant operations generate the corresponding clone. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreases in well-being in the transition to retirement for unemployed. Catching up with formerly employed persons
Ponomarenko, Valentina; Leist, Anja UL; Chauvel, Louis UL

in Ageing & Society (in press)

This paper examines the extent to which well-being levels change in the transition to retirement depending on transitioning from being employed, unemployed, or economically inactive. Whereas transitioning ... [more ▼]

This paper examines the extent to which well-being levels change in the transition to retirement depending on transitioning from being employed, unemployed, or economically inactive. Whereas transitioning from employment to unemployment has been found to cause a decrease of subjective well-being with more time spent in unemployment, it is not clear how transitioning from unemployment to retirement affects well-being levels. We use the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe to monitor life satisfaction of respondents who retire in between two waves. We portray well-being scores before and after retirement and then identify the change in life satisfaction during the retirement transition using a First Difference model. Results indicate that being unemployed before retirement is associated with an increase in life satisfaction, but presents mainly a catching-up effect compared to employed persons transitioning to retirement. Retirement from labour market inactivity does not lead to significant changes in well-being. Findings are robust to selection into unemployment and country differences. As well-being of unemployed persons recovers after transitioning to retirement, especially the currently unemployed population should be supported to prevent detrimental consequences of economically unfavourable conditions and lower well-being. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Scent of a Smell: An Extensive Comparison between Textual and Structural Smells
Palomba, Fabio; Panichella, Annibale UL; Zaidman, Andy et al

in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (in press)

Code smells are symptoms of poor design or implementation choices that have a negative effect on several aspects of software maintenance and evolution, such as program comprehension or change- and fault ... [more ▼]

Code smells are symptoms of poor design or implementation choices that have a negative effect on several aspects of software maintenance and evolution, such as program comprehension or change- and fault-proneness. This is why researchers have spent a lot of effort on devising methods that help developers to automatically detect them in source code. Almost all the techniques presented in literature are based on the analysis of structural properties extracted from source code, although alternative sources of information (e.g., textual analysis) for code smell detection have also been recently investigated. Nevertheless, some studies have indicated that code smells detected by existing tools based on the analysis of structural properties are generally ignored (and thus not refactored) by the developers. In this paper, we aim at understanding whether code smells detected using textual analysis are perceived and refactored by developers in the same or different way than code smells detected through structural analysis. To this aim, we set up two different experiments. We have first carried out a software repository mining study to analyze how developers act on textually or structurally detected code smells. Subsequently, we have conducted a user study with industrial developers and quality experts in order to qualitatively analyze how they perceive code smells identified using the two different sources of information. Results indicate that textually detected code smells are easier to identify and for this reason they are considered easier to refactor with respect to code smells detected using structural properties. On the other hand, the latter are often perceived as more severe, but more difficult to exactly identify and remove. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the performance of an overlapping-domain parallelization strategy for Eulerian-Lagrangian Multiphysics software
Pozzetti, Gabriele UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Rousset, Alban UL et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings ICNAAM 2017 (in press)

In this work, a strategy for the parallelization of a two-way CFD-DEM coupling is investigated. It consists on adopting balanced overlapping partitions for the CFD and the DEM domains, that aims to reduce ... [more ▼]

In this work, a strategy for the parallelization of a two-way CFD-DEM coupling is investigated. It consists on adopting balanced overlapping partitions for the CFD and the DEM domains, that aims to reduce the memory consumption and inter-process communication between CFD and DEM. Two benchmarks are proposed to assess the consistency and scalability of this approach, coupled execution on 252 cores shows that less than 1\% of time is used to perform inter-physics data exchange. [less ▲]

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See detailObituary: Dieter Ferring (1958-2017)
Albert, Isabelle UL; Boll, Thomas UL; Lang, Frieder R.

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (in press)

Memorializes Dieter Ferring, who contributed to life-span developmental psychology, geropsychology, and cultural psychology in academic science, teaching, and professional practice. His life work centered ... [more ▼]

Memorializes Dieter Ferring, who contributed to life-span developmental psychology, geropsychology, and cultural psychology in academic science, teaching, and professional practice. His life work centered on life circumstances that included threats to people's well-being and on identifying and implementing solutions for such aversive conditions. His scientific approach was characterized by analysing phenomena in their micro and macro context, by interdisciplinarity, by emphasis on cognitive and semiotic mediation, and by using mixed-method approaches to data collection and analyses. Dieter Ferring had been much engaged in productive cooperations with researchers from other countries in Europe and in disseminating his insights and findings to study programs beyond his own field as well as to the general public. [less ▲]

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See detailKommunale Selbstinszenierung im vorstädtischen Raum. Ein neuer Blick auf Leprosorien des Spätmittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit
Uhrmacher, Martin UL

in Hesse, Christian; Schulte, Daniela; Stercken, Martina (Eds.) Kommunale Selbstinszenierung (in press)

Abstract zur Tagung „Kommunale Selbstinszenierung“ der Internationalen Kommission für Stadtgeschichte, des Schweizerischen Arbeitskreises für Stadtgeschichte und des NCCR 'Mediality. Historical ... [more ▼]

Abstract zur Tagung „Kommunale Selbstinszenierung“ der Internationalen Kommission für Stadtgeschichte, des Schweizerischen Arbeitskreises für Stadtgeschichte und des NCCR 'Mediality. Historical Perspectives' Universität Zürich, 3./4./5. September 2015 Martin Uhrmacher (Universität Luxemburg) „Leprosorien als kommunale Repräsentationsbauten im vorstädtischen Raum. Ein neuer Blick auf eine bisher wenig beachtete städtische Baugattung“ Die vor den Mauern mittelalterlicher und frühneuzeitlicher Städte gelegenen Leprosorien werden heute zumeist noch immer als abgelegene und verborgene Orte der Exklusion angesehen, durch Zäune und Mauern von der Außenwelt getrennt. Dementsprechend wird auch der Baugattung „Leprosorium“ nur wenig architektonischer Wert zugebilligt, wie bspw. im Ausstellungskatalog „Aussatz – Lepra – Hansen-Krankheit: Demnach hatten sie „keinerlei repräsentative Bedeutung, im Gegenteil: eher unauffällig sollten sie sein, verborgen vor dem Blick der Stadtbewohner und Reisenden“. Im 2005 von Monika Escher und Frank G. Hirschmann publizierten Syntheseband „Die urbanen Zentren des hohen und späten Mittelalters“ zur Geschichte mittelalterlicher Städte zwischen Rhein und Maas werden Leprosorien zudem als „nicht wertungsrelevantes“ Urbanitäts- und Zentralitätskriterium“ bezeichnet; begründet mit der angeblichen „Tatsache, daß in der Regel der topographische Bezug zur Stadt gering war“. In der jüngeren Forschung hat sich diese Einschätzung nun grundlegend gewandelt. Leprosorien gelten aufgrund ihrer besonders prominent und exponiert ausgewählten Standorte an Kreuzungen, Brücken und Hauptausfallstraßen als präsente und das städtische Umland prägende kommunale Einrichtungen, die ein fester Bestandteil der städtischen Lebenswelt waren. Sie dienten nicht dazu, ihre Bewohner zu verstecken, sondern waren vielmehr mit Stiftungen und Spenden versehene städtische Einrichtungen, die vom Rat und den Bürgern auch als Prestigeobjekte betrachtet wurden. Anhand ausgewählter Beispiele wird aufgezeigt, wie Leprosorien als Repräsentationsobjekte der Stadtgemeinden auch dem bürgerlichen Selbstverständnis Ausdruck verliehen. [less ▲]

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See detailNeue Staaten – neue Grenzen. Die Rhein-Maas-Mosel-Region zwischen den Grenzbereinigungen des Ancien Régime und der Neuordnung durch den Wiener Kongress (1779 – 1816)
Uhrmacher, Martin UL

in Fickers, Andreas; Franz, Norbert; Laux, Stephan (Eds.) et al Repression, Reform und Neuordnung im Zeitalter der Revolutionen: Die Folgen des Wiener Kongresses für Westeuropa. Tagung und Workshop zum 200. Jahrestag des Abschlusses des Wiener Kongresses (in press)

Abstract Konferenz 200 Jahre Wiener Kongress Martin Uhrmacher Neue Staaten – neue Grenzen. Die Großregion zwischen den Grenzbereinigungen des Ancien Régime und der Neuordnung durch den Wiener Kongress ... [more ▼]

Abstract Konferenz 200 Jahre Wiener Kongress Martin Uhrmacher Neue Staaten – neue Grenzen. Die Großregion zwischen den Grenzbereinigungen des Ancien Régime und der Neuordnung durch den Wiener Kongress (1779 – 1816). Der Vortrag untersucht die Veränderung von Grenzen und Ihre Entwicklung von sich teils überlagernden und durch Enklaven und Gemeinsherrschaften durchsetzten historisch gewachsenen Grenzsäumen hin zu begradigten, fest definierten und teils naturräumlichen Scheidelinien folgenden Staatsgrenzen. In der heutigen Großregion vollzog sich dieser fundamentale Wandel in nur drei Jahrzehnten: Er gliederte die Region vollkommen neu. Zunächst waren es 1779 mit dem Brüsseler Vertrag nach jahrzehntelangen Verhandlungen endlich zu einem Ausgleich zwischen Österreich und Frankreich gekommen, der die Grenzstreitigkeiten beseitigte und neue, begradigte Grenzen exakt festlegte. Ein ähnlicher Vertrag wurde auch zwischen Österreich und Kurtrier abgeschlossen. Doch die als endgültig geplanten Regelungen bestanden nur wenige Jahre: Infolge der französischen Revolution annektierte die französische Republik am 1. Oktober 1795 die österreichischen Niederlande mit dem Herzogtum Luxemburg und kurz darauf auch Kurtrier und die anderen linksrheinischen Territorien. Alle Staaten wurden aufgelöst und gehörten nun zum französischen Staatsgebiet; Teile der alten Grenzen bestanden als Départementsgrenzen weiter. Nach der Absetzung Napoleons beschloss der Wiener Kongress 1815 eine Neuordnung Europas. Doch im Maas-Moselraum blieben mit Ausnahme Frankreichs alle Territorien und Landesherrschaften, die hier seit dem Früh- und Hochmittelalter bestanden hatten verschwunden. Sie wurden ersetzt durch das neu gegründete Großherzogtum Luxemburg und das ebenfalls neu gegründete Königreich der Vereinigten Niederlande sowie durch die preußische Rheinprovinz, die den gesamten östlichen Teil umfasste. Bei der territorialen Neugliederung griff man in Teilen auf die bis 1795 bestehenden Grenzen des alten Herzogtums zurück. In der Schlussakte des Wiener Kongresses behandeln die Artikel 66 bis 69 das Großherzogtum Luxemburg. Hier werden die Grenzen des neuen Staates allerdings nur grob umrissen; detaillierte Regelungen blieben späteren Verträgen vorbehalten. Unstrittig war die Süd- und Westgrenze mit Frankreich; sie entsprach der 1769/79 festgesetzten und bis 1795 gültigen Linie mit Ausnahme des ehemaligen Herzogtums Bouillon als Zugewinn. Vollkommen neu festgelegt wurde jedoch die Ostgrenze: Mit der Schlussakte des Wiener Kongresses waren alle hier an Luxemburg angrenzenden Gebiete an das Königreich Preußen gefallen. In den Verträgen von Aachen (26. Juni 1816) und Kleve (7. Oktober 1816) einigten sich die niederländische und die preußische Seite darauf, dass die Flussläufe von Mosel, Sauer und Our zukünftig die gemeinsame Grenze bildeten. Hier offenbart sich ein grundlegender Wandel im Verständnis und der Genese von Grenzen: Bisher waren territoriale Veränderungen auf Grundlage historisch gewachsener Herrschaftsstrukturen vorgenommen worden. So konnten kleinere Herrschaften aber auch größere Gebietskonglomerate zwar durch Tausch, Verkauf, Abtretung oder - wie durch Frankreich praktiziert - als „Reunionen“ die territoriale Zugehörigkeit wechseln. Dabei wurden jedoch die historisch gewachsenen Grenzen beachtet, sogar noch bei der Einrichtung der französischen Départements 1795. Mit der Wahl des Flußverlaufs von Sauer und Our als Grenze zwischen Luxemburg und Preußen wurde dieses Prinzip durchbrochen und ein naturräumliches Gliederungselement als neu geschaffene Grenze gewählt. [less ▲]

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See detailEstablished risk factors for addiction failto discriminate between healthy gamers and gamers endorsing DSM-5 Internet gaming disorder
Deleuze, Jory; Nuyens, Filip; Rochat, Lucien et al

in Journal of Behavioral Addictions (in press)

Background and aims: The DSM-5 includes criteria for diagnosing Internet gaming disorder (IGD) that are adapted from substance abuse and widely used in research and clinical contexts, although evidence ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: The DSM-5 includes criteria for diagnosing Internet gaming disorder (IGD) that are adapted from substance abuse and widely used in research and clinical contexts, although evidence supporting their validity remains scarce. The present study compared online gamers who do or do not endorse IGD criteria regarding self-control-related abilities (impulsivity, inhibitory control, and decision making), considered the hallmarks of addictive behaviors. Method: A double approach was adopted to distinguish pathological from recreational gamers in a sample of gamers: The first is the classic DSM-5 approach (≥5 criteria required to endorse the IGD diagnosis), and the second consists in using latent class analysis (LCA) for IGD criteria to distinguish gamers’ subgroups. We computed comparisons separately for each approach. Ninety-seven volunteer gamers from the community were recruited. Self-reported questionnaires were used to measure demographic and game-related characteristics, problematic online gaming (with the Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire), impulsivity (with the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale), and depression (with the Beck Depression Inventory-II). Experimental tasks were used to measure inhibitory control (Hybrid-Stop Task) and decision-making abilities (Game of Dice Task). Results: Thirty-two participants met IGD criteria (33% of the sample), whereas LCA identified two groups of gamers (pathological [35%] and recreational). Comparisons that used both approaches (DSM-5 and LCA) failed to identify significant differences regarding all constructs except for variables related to actual or problematic gaming behaviors. Discussion: The validity of IGD criteria is questioned, mostly with respect to their relevance in distinguishing high engagement from pathological involvement in video games. [less ▲]

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See detailBandes dessinées im Fremdsprachenunterricht Französisch - Annäherung an eine empirisch fundierte Teilbereichsdidaktik
Morys, Nancy UL

Book published by Peter Lang Verlag - Kolloquium Fremdsprachenunterricht (in press)

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See detailAttention bias modification training for adolescents with chronic pain: A randomized placebo-controlled trial
Heathcote, Lauren C; Jacobs, Conrad; van Ryckeghem, Dimitri UL et al

in Pain (in press)

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See detailExploring gambling craving through the elaborated intrusion theory of desire: a mixed methods approach
Cornil, Aurélien; Lopez-Fernandez, Olatz; Devos, Gaëtan et al

in International Gambling Studies (in press)

Gambling disorder is a well-established behavioural addiction, which was classified with substance-related disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ... [more ▼]

Gambling disorder is a well-established behavioural addiction, which was classified with substance-related disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Although craving was introduced as a new diagnostic criterion for substance-related disorders, it was not included for gambling disorder. This study aimed to explore the experience of gambling craving and to evaluate whether the elaborated intrusion theory of desire (EIT), a cognitive model of craving, fits gambling craving. A mixed methods study was conducted among 31 non-clinical gamblers. The qualitative part consisted of open-ended questions targeting the components of the EIT. The quantitative part consisted of a questionnaire designed to assess triggers and descriptions of gambling craving. Qualitative analysis revealed six distinct conceptual categories related to gambling craving: positive and negative affect, external cues, mental imageries, thoughts and physiological sensations. The quantitative analysis highlighted the most relevant triggers (e.g. spontaneous thoughts) and experiential characteristics (e.g. visual imagery) of gambling craving. The present study allowed the authors to support the relevance of the EIT as it applies to gambling craving by disentangling its core features. Findings from this study suggest that the use of interventions derived from the EIT may be relevant for problem gambling treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailJoint Precoding and On-Board Beamforming for Multiple gateway Multibeam Satellite Systems
Joroughi, Vahid UL

in Submitted to IEEE Journal on Selected topic in Communication (JSAC) (in press)

This paper aims to design joint precoding and onboard beamforming of a multiple gateway multibeam satellite system, either in a hybrid space-ground mode, or in a totally on-board one. In such an ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to design joint precoding and onboard beamforming of a multiple gateway multibeam satellite system, either in a hybrid space-ground mode, or in a totally on-board one. In such an architecture, with employing high throughput full frequency reuse pattern over both user and feeder links, each gateway serves a cluster of adjacent beams such that the adjacent clusters are served through a set of gateways that are located at different geographical areas. However, such a system brings in two challenges to overcome. First, the interference in both user and feeder links is the bottleneck of the whole system and applying interference mitigation techniques becomes necessary. Second, as the data demand increases, the ground and space segments should employ extensive bandwidth resources in the feeder link accordingly. This entails embedding an extra number of gateways aiming to support a fair balance between the increasing demand and the corresponding required feeder link resources. To solve these problems, this study investigates the impact of employing a joint multiple gateway architecture and on-board beamforming scheme. It is shown that by properly designing the on-board beamforming scheme, the number of gateways can be kept affordable even if the data demand increases. Moreover, Zero Forcing (ZF) precoding techniques are considered to cope with the interference in both user and feeder links which embed in the following premises: (i) each gateway constructs a part of block ZF precoding matrix, (ii) the satellite and gateways perform the precoding scheme, and (iii) a joint design of ZF precoding and on-board beamforming at the payload of the satellite so that no signal processing scheme is conceived at the gateways. The provided simulation results depict the performance gain obtained by our proposed schemes. [less ▲]

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See detailPain and Attention: Towards a Motivational Account
van Ryckeghem, Dimitri UL; Crombez, Geert

Book published by Oxford University Press (in press)

Attention plays a pivotal role in the experience of pain and its impact upon daily activities. Accordingly, research on the interplay between attention and pain has a long scientific history. Within this ... [more ▼]

Attention plays a pivotal role in the experience of pain and its impact upon daily activities. Accordingly, research on the interplay between attention and pain has a long scientific history. Within this chapter, we discuss the theoretical frameworks that aim to explain the relationship between attention and pain. We argue for a motivational perspective on pain that highlights the critical role of cognitive, affective and contextual factors in explaining the interplay between attention and pain. To substantiate this argument, we provide an overview of available research addressing the bottom-up capture of attention by pain and the top-down modulation (both inhibition and facilitation) of attention for pain. We conclude this chapter with guidelines and suggestions for future research and discuss clinical implications of adopting a motivational perspective on pain. [less ▲]

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See detailToward a Qualitative Understanding of Binge-Watching Behaviors: A Focus Group Approach
Flayelle, Maèva UL; Maurage, Pierre; Billieux, Joël UL

in Journal of Behavioral Addictions (in press)

Background and aims: Binge-watching (i.e., seeing multiple episodes of the same TV series in a row) now constitutes a widespread phenomenon. However, little is known about the psychological factors ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: Binge-watching (i.e., seeing multiple episodes of the same TV series in a row) now constitutes a widespread phenomenon. However, little is known about the psychological factors underlying this behavior, as reflected by the paucity of available studies, most merely focusing on its potential harmfulness by applying the classic criteria used for other addictive disorders without exploring the uniqueness of binge-watching. The present study thus aimed to take the opposite approach as a first step toward a genuine understanding of binge-watching behaviors through a qualitative analysis of the phenomenological characteristics of TV series watching. Methods: A focus group of regular TV series viewers (N=7) was established to explore a wide range of aspects related to TV series watching (e.g., motives, viewing practices, related behaviors). Results: A content analysis identified bingewatching features across three dimensions: TV series watching motivations, TV series watching engagement, and structural characteristics of TV shows. Most participants acknowledged that TV series watching can become addictive, but they all agreed having trouble recognizing themselves as truly being an “addict.” Although obvious connections could be established with substance addiction criteria and symptoms, such parallelism appeared to be insufficient, as several distinctive facets emerged (e.g., positive view, transient overinvolvement, context dependency, low everyday life impact). Discussion and conclusions: Research should go beyond the classic biomedical and psychological models of addictive behaviors to account for binge-watching in order to explore its specificities and generate first steps toward an adequate theoretical rationale for these emerging problematic behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailA Head-count Measure of Rank Mobility and Its Directional Decomposition
D'Ambrosio, Conchita UL; Bossert, Walter; Can, Burak

in Economica (in press)

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See detailTeachers´ judgments and decision making: Studies concerning the transition from primary to secondary education and their implications for teacher education
Krolak-Schwerdt, Sabine UL; Pit-Ten Cate, Ineke UL; Hörstermann, Thomas UL

in Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Olga (Ed.) Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education – Cross-national Comparisons and Perspectives (in press)

Accuracy in assessing academic achievement and potential is a core component of teachers’ diagnostic competence. Large-scale studies in the Luxembourgish and German educational systems show that teachers’ ... [more ▼]

Accuracy in assessing academic achievement and potential is a core component of teachers’ diagnostic competence. Large-scale studies in the Luxembourgish and German educational systems show that teachers’ secondary school track decisions are biased by a student’s social background. Therefore, biased assessment of students may contribute to the social inequalities observed in secondary schools in both countries. Within a social cognitive framework of dual-process theories, bias is explained by heuristic information processing, which, in contrast to information-integrating processing, relies on stereotype-based expectations to form judgments about students. A series of experimental studies investigated the information processing strategies of teachers, identifying a low accountability of the decision setting and a high consistency of student information as key moderators that promote stereotype-based information processing strategies in teachers’ school track decisions. Similar effects were shown for novice teachers at the beginning of their professional career. Further research evaluated intervention modules based on increased accountability, feedback, and increased knowledge about judgment formation processes. Results demonstrated that all evaluated intervention modules led to higher judgment accuracy and more information-integrating processing. Reviewing current models of teachers’ diagnostic competence, the findings on teachers’ information processing emphasized the need to include situational and process-oriented components into models of diagnostic competence. Beside a cognitive component – the ability to form accurate and unbiased judgments – diagnostic competence includes an adaptive choice of information processing strategies, depending on the accountability and information consistency of the judgment setting. Results on intervention modules gave insights how to increase diagnostic competence in teacher education programs. [less ▲]

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