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Section Editor: Nobert M. Seel

Professor Norbert M. Seel studied Education, Psychology, Philosophy and History and earned his doctorate at Saarland University in Germany. From 1998 he was distinguished professor of education with the focus on research on learning and instruction at Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany.

He has taught a large range of subjects in the field of social sciences. His research interests include model-based learning and thinking, inductive reasoning and complex problem solving, the investigation of exploratory learning within technology-enhanced environments, creativity and processes of decision making in instructional settings. Professor Seel has published more than 20 books, among them the textbooks "Psychology of Learning" (2nd ed.) and “Educational Science” as well as more than 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters in the area of cognitive psychology, learning research and instruction.

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  1. Content type: Research

    Chronic migraine is a disabling condition that impacts multiple aspects of migraineurs’ lives. Although pharmacological treatments can help to treat the pain associated with migraine headache, chronic migraine...

    Authors: Jieun Lee, Amrita Bhowmick and Amy Wachholtz

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1006

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  2. Content type: Research

    No existing measures of HIV care access consider both spatial proximity to services and provider-related characteristics in a single measure. We developed and applied a tool to: (1) quantify spatial access to ...

    Authors: Sharoda Dasgupta, Michael R. Kramer, Eli S. Rosenberg, Travis H. Sanchez and Patrick S. Sullivan

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:984

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  3. Content type: Research

    In this empirical paper we attempt to measure the separate influence on civic engagement of educational attainment and cultural transmission of civic attitudes. Unlike most of the previous empirical works on t...

    Authors: Daniel Miles-Touya and Máximo Rossi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:949

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  4. Content type: Research

    Developing countries have witnessed economic growth as their GDP keeps increasing steadily over the years. The growth led to higher energy consumption which eventually leads to increase in air pollutions that ...

    Authors: Adamu Yahaya, Norashidah Mohamed Nor, Muzafar Shah Habibullah, Judhiana Abd. Ghani and Zaleha Mohd Noor

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:925

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  5. Content type: Meeting report

    Across the globe, societies are recording an increasing number of domestic and international migrants for numerous reasons. While this may promote multiculturalism, new migrants and linguistically minority eth...

    Authors: Judith Ansaa Osae-Larbi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:900

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  6. Content type: Meeting report

    This report is meant to summarize the discussion themes introduced in the Fellows Day session of the 9th Biennial Congress of the International Academy of Intercultural Research held in Bergen, Norway June 28,...

    Authors: Milton J. Bennett

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:897

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  7. Content type: Research

    This paper looks at presuppositions of adpositions, a topic which has not been examined much, in spite of the very large body of work on presuppositions. Some earlier assertions about adpositional presuppositi...

    Authors: Alan Reed Libert

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:858

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  8. Content type: Research

    This study explains the history, current problems, and future possibilities of Islamic insurance (takaful) in Bangladesh. To articulate these issues, the researcher has adopted the qualitative method, and data...

    Authors: Issa Khan, Noor Naemah Binti Abdul Rahman, Mohd Yakub Zulkifli Bin Mohd Yusoff and Mohd Roslan Bin Mohd Nor

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:785

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  9. Content type: Research

    The purpose of this study is to describe the creation and implementation of an ICT education program for the elderly in various Active Participation Centers in Almería (Spain), assessing its impact on quality ...

    Authors: Mª del Pilar Díaz-López, Remedios López-Liria, José M. Aguilar-Parra and David Padilla-Góngora

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:768

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  10. Content type: Research

    High levels of satisfaction among women with the antenatal care services will increase the compliance of antenatal visits during pregnancy. Thus, this study was done to assess the level of satisfaction among w...

    Authors: Md Mizanur Rahman, Deburra Peak Ngadan and Mohammad Taha Arif

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:725

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  11. Content type: Research

    Family caregivers are the backbone of the healthcare system. Over time, caregiving takes a tremendous toll on the caregiver. This is particularly true for caregivers who (1) provide >21 h of care/week, and/or ...

    Authors: Suzette Brémault-Phillips, Jasneet Parmar, Melissa Johnson, Arlene Huhn, Anna Mann, Victoria Tian and Lori-Ann R. Sacrey

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:620

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  12. Content type: Research

    As governmental auditing is involved in evaluating the legitimacy, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of how the various administrative branches use their allocated resources to optimize the government’s f...

    Authors: Jau-Ming Su, Shue-Ching Lee, Sang-Bing Tsai and Tzu-Li Lu

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:508

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  13. Content type: Research

    The level of physical activity of people is a very important issue internationally. The aim of this study was to analyze the level of habitual physical activity in children and adolescents from the Region of M...

    Authors: Guillermo Felipe López Sánchez, Sixto González Víllora and Arturo Díaz Suárez

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:386

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:1057

  14. Content type: Research

    Can we share even today the same vision of modernity which Durkheim left us by its suicide analysis? or can society ‘surprise us’? The answer to these questions can be inspired by several studies which found t...

    Authors: Rosalia Condorelli

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:374

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  15. Content type: Research

    This essay examines language change and linguistic creativity as revealed by remodelling, especially as a source for euphemisms and euphemistic dysphemisms and as a function of verbal play. Within the scope of...

    Authors: Keith Allan

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:342

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  16. Content type: Research

    Responsible Innovation (RI) is often heralded in EU policy circles as a means to achieve ethically acceptable, sustainable innovations. Yet, conceptual questions on the specific notion of ‘responsibility’ and ...

    Authors: T. H. Tempels and H. Van den Belt

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:135

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  17. Content type: Short report

    The increasing use of computers in science allows for the scientific analyses of large datasets at an increasing pace. We provided examples and interactive demonstrations at Dundee Science Centre as part of th...

    Authors: James L. McDonagh, Daniel Barker and Rosanna G. Alderson

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:259

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  18. Content type: Research

    Few data are available from middle income countries regarding economic circumstances of households in which older people live. Many such settings have experienced rapid demographic, social and economic change,...

    Authors: Martin J. Prince, Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Mariella Guerra, Yueqin Huang, Ana Luisa Sosa, Richard Uwakwe, Isaac Acosta, Zhaorui Liu, Sara Gallardo, Maelenn Guerchet, Rosie Mayston, Veronica Montes de Oca, Hong Wang and Peter Ezeah

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:258

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  19. Content type: Study Protocol

    Previous studies on the effects of work factors on absence and disability retirement have only addressed a limited set of factors and little is known about the mechanisms that govern relationships between wor...

    Authors: Morten Birkeland Nielsen, Solveig Christiansen, Anne-Marthe Rustad Indregard, Jan Shahid Emberland, Shahrooz Elka and Stein Knardahl

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:243

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  20. Content type: Research

    As global sea levels and natural resource demands rise, people around the world are increasingly protesting environmental threats to their lives and livelihoods. What are the conditions under which these peace...

    Authors: Helen M. Poulos and Mary Alice Haddad

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:230

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  21. Content type: Research

    This study explores the determinants (demographic, personal, behavioural, and social) by which happy and unhappy people differ. The primary sample from which the participants were chosen was a representative s...

    Authors: Ljiljana Kaliterna-Lipovčan and Zvjezdana Prizmić-Larsen

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:225

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  22. Content type: Short report

    One of the most important ingredients of felicitous conversation exchanges is the adequate expression of illocutionary force and the achievement of perlocutionary effects, which can be considered essential to ...

    Authors: Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Sara Schatz

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:127

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  23. Content type: Research

    To estimate additional total cost and average cost of integrating the demand-based reproductive health commodity model into the existing Government and NGO facilities in Bangladesh. Activity based cost analysi...

    Authors: Ziaul Islam, Abdur Razzaque Sarker, Shahela Anwar, Humayun Kabir and Rukhsana Gazi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:808

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  24. Content type: Research

    There are limited numbers of studies which comprehensively explored the research publications authored by medical students. To descriptively analyze the student-authored research publications originating from ...

    Authors: Asma Alnajjar, Tehreem A. Khan, Syeda Mina, Khaled Alkattan and Ahmed Abu-Zaid

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:754

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  25. Content type: Review

    For sports assessment to be comprehensive, it must address all variables of sports development, such as psychological, social-emotional, physical and physiological, technical and tactical. Tactical assessment...

    Authors: Sixto González-Víllora, Jaime Serra-Olivares, Juan Carlos Pastor-Vicedo and Israel Teoldo da Costa

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:663

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  26. Content type: Case study

    This article aims to encourage NEMA (or newly named as MPSS) to combine its supply-centered paradigm with a newly proposed “demand-centered paradigm” in the Korean field of emergency management training (EMT)...

    Authors: Kyoo-Man Ha, Sosoon Park, Yi Yoon, Ki-Hun Nam and Hyeon-Mun Oh

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:653

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  27. Content type: Research

    This paper explores the differentials in youth development patterns determined by the economic condition of the household in India. The wealth index is used to glean youth development differentials in the diff...

    Authors: Bijaya Kumar Malik

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:613

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  28. Content type: Research

    The adoption and adaptation of enclosures in the arid and semi-arid rangelands of sub-Saharan Africa is driven and sustained by a combination of factors. However, reviews indicate that these factors cannot be ...

    Authors: John N. Wairore, Stephen M. Mureithi, Oliver V. Wasonga and Gert Nyberg

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:595

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  29. Content type: Research

    Much research has been conducted to study the association between personality and eating disorders using clinical samples. However, less research has been done on personality variables in non-clinical cases of...

    Authors: Francesca Cuzzocrea, Sebastiano Costa, Rosalba Larcan and Mary Ellen Toffle

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:593

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