All Ears Amsterdam

Welcome to All Ears Amsterdam, where we provide a confidential and non-judgmental listening ear for all UvA students. Our trained psychology students volunteers are here to support you through any challenges you may face during your student journey. Whether you’re experiencing academic stress, personal issues, or anything in between, we are here to help. Think of us as your academic wingmen, helping you to soar to new heights without any turbulence.

We take your mental health seriously and believe that talking to someone who listens with empathy and understanding can make all the difference. You’re not alone, and we’re here to remind you of that. So, reach out to All Ears Amsterdam, and let us help you navigate the highs and lows of student life. Your well-being is our top priority. At All Ears, you gets a psychology student’s full attention who is literally ‘All Ears’. 

Ps. Little fun fact: Did you know All Ears was founded by two old VSPA board members? Merel and Elin, Chair and S&A of ’20/’21, came up with it!


All Ears 2023

VSPA Showcase @ Mezrab

This is the event of the year where students get the chance to show their talents and inspire each other in the field of art and culture. The first half of this event will be an exhibition where participants will have the chance to show off their arts and crafts. The second half of this event will be an open mic performance where students will perform music, dance, recite poetry and much more! See your fellow students perform on stage or exhibit their artwork and experience the most entertaining and inspiring evening of the VSPA year!

Join us in exploring the different talents of your fellow students (or even showing your own!). The Showcase will take place in the cozy bar of Mezrab near Central Station where drinks and snacks are served. Vote for your favourite artwork and performance and participants can win amazing prizes. Maybe you are the lucky one who wins an article feature in the newspaper Spiegeloog? Or win a voucher for one of the best music shops in town. Come by, grab a drink and enjoy the show!

Location: Mezrab
Time: 19:00 – 22:00
Date: 14th March 2023

Tickets members avaliable here

Tickets non-members avaliable here

22/23 VSPA Truien!

You have been waiting for it! The 22/23 VSPA Sweater is here with a brand new design created for you by the Sweater Project! The patch on the front side of the sweater depicts the often forgotten mascot of the VSPA: the monkey Valentijn. As for the big print on the back: it represents all specializations in our faculty in front of the Greek letter Psy – which is both associated with psychology and the VSPA specifically. The style of the design stems from the1960’s psychedelics and the colours used incorporates the colour template of the VSPA. We hope you enjoy this product and we look forward to seeing it worn around!

Practical Information: This year, the sweaters were produced in collaboration with the company More Color, a local textile printing company based in Amsterdam. MoreColor was specifically chosen for their commitment to sustainability. Members of the sweater project even visited their showroom to see the quality of their products for themselves. The sweaters come in two styles, a classic hoodie with ‘kangaroo pockets’ and a quarter zip sweater! They are lined with fleece on the inside and are made of 85% organic cotton and 15% recycled polyester.

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Party Alert! Neon Jungle, Kopstootbar

Neon Party in the Jungle!

The VSPA welcomes you to the next big party! We can’t wait to present you; Neon Jungle Party! Come party with us on Wednesday the 15th of February at Kopstootbar, Leidseplein. We start at 20:00 and the doors will close at 22:00.

Tell your friends, get your loved ones and join the VSPA Neon Jungle Party MEMBER AND NON-MEMBER TICKETS are in sale NOW!

❓What? VSPA Neon Jungle Party

⏰When? 15th of February, from 20:00. Doors will close at 22:00

????Where? Kopstootbar, Amsterdam

????Dresscode? Neon in the Jungle

Lecture: Adjusting to the Unexpected

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We’re excited to announce the second VSPA lecture of 2023: Adjusting to the Unexpected – How Text Data Help Us Understand Human Behaviour.

Research on the psychological costs of the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming increasingly
important. While most studies use questionnaire methods to measure emotional adjustments and
other psychological variables, we approached the problem through the lens of text data. This talk
will discuss what we learned from a panel dataset consisting of survey responses and rich
textual data from participants tracked over three years. The first part will show how clustering
techniques reveal hidden distinct types of emotional adjustment obscured by traditional analyses.

The second part touches on natural language processing techniques to study text data. We will
discuss recent findings obtained from AI language models that ask entirely new questions about
human verbal behaviour. The talk closes with a bigger picture of text data, AI models and human

Since the beginning of the pandemic, interest has only increased in the question of how we emotionally adjust to large, unexpected changes like it. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Bennett Kleinberg, who will give us insight into current research on this topic, as well as the methods used to gain these insights. We will learn how the analysis of text data recovers patterns that traditional analyses might have missed, and how AI models allow us to ask entirely new questions about human behaviour.

We are happy to welcome you to REC on the 16th of February, where Dr. Kleinberg will introduce us to the topic of text data and artificial intelligence in human psychology. With your ticket, you will get access to the lecture hall as well as snacks. You will also receive a colloquium point for your attendance.

We hope to see you there!

Tickets can be purchased here:

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