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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: Short Report

    To evaluate the reliability of the Attitudes to Randomized Trial Questionnaire (ARTQ) in measuring perceptions of cancer clinical trials in a predominantly African American (AA) sample in South Carolina (SC).

    Authors: Marvella E Ford, Wei Wei, Leslie A Moore, Dana R Burshell, Kimberly Cannady, Franshawn Mack, Nnadozie Ezerioha, Kelley Ercole and Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:411

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  2. Content type: Research

    The present study examined the predictors of psychological strengths and subjective well-being for dealing with academic stress perceived by university engineering students. Sample of 400 Malaysian (N = 180 bo...

    Authors: Aqeel Khan, Roslee Ahmad, Abdul Rahim Hamdan, Mohamed Sharif Mustaffa and Lokman Mohd Tahir

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:756

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  3. Content type: Research

    Studies have indicated that social stigma related to podoconiosis (endemic non-filarial elephantiasis) has a major impact on the psychosocial wellbeing of patients. However, little effort has been made so far ...

    Authors: Abebayehu Tora, Hannah Franklin, Kebede Deribe, Ayalu A Reda and Gail Davey

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:647

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  4. Content type: Research

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the largest nation in the Arabian Peninsula is divided into 13 regions, which are of different development levels in terms of both population and public utility infrastructure. Mor...

    Authors: Asharaf Abdul Salam, Ibrahim Elsegaey, Rshood Khraif and Abdullah Al-Mutairi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:530

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  5. Content type: Research

    The study investigated the correlation between the perception of sibling relationship to cope an adverse occurrence – the partial collapse of a primary school – and the indicators related to the traumatic impa...

    Authors: Giovanna Perricone, Valentina Fontana, Sofia Burgio and Concetta Polizzi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:525

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  6. Content type: Research

    The predicted sea-level rise and changes in storm surge regimes are expected to lead to an increasing risk of flooding in coastal regions. Accommodation can be an alternative to protection in many areas, with ...

    Authors: Jana Koerth, Athanasios T Vafeidis, Silvina Carretero, Horst Sterr and Jochen Hinkel

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:466

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  7. Content type: Research

    Groundwater is the main source of water for domestic use in Nigeria because it is perceived to be clean. The presence of geogenic contaminants (arsenic and fluoride), and the level of awareness of their presen...

    Authors: Christiana Ndidi Egbinola and Amobichukwu Chukwudi Amanambu

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:448

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  8. Content type: Research

    This study uses content analysis and visual representation methods to explore how multiculturalism is displayed on the websites of agencies providing social care for the aged. These agencies use strategically ...

    Authors: Thomas Akintayo, Juha Hämäläinen and Sari Rissanen

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:429

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    In low or middle income countries chronic diseases are rapidly becoming the main cause of disease burden. However, the main focus of health policymakers has been on preventing death from cancer and heart disea...

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

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:379

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  10. Content type: Research

    Issues relating to confidentiality and consent for physical and mental health treatment with minor clients can pose challenges health care providers. Decisions need to be made regarding these issues despite th...

    Authors: Margot Karen Jackson, Katharina Kovacs Burns and Magdalena S Richter

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:320

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Poverty and lack of a predictable, stable source of food are two fundamental determinants of ill health, including HIV/AIDS. Conversely, episodes of poor health and death from HIV can disrupt the ability to ma...

    Authors: Lance S Weinhardt, Loren W Galvao, Thokozani Mwenyekonde, Katarina M Grande, Patricia Stevens, Alice F Yan, Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Winford Masanjala, Jennifer Kibicho, Emmanuel Ngui, Lindsay Emer and Susan C Watkins

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:296

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  12. Content type: Review

    This study aims at critically assessing the land management strategies that can be instrumental in bringing sound governance to urban landscapes in Africa with the view of mapping the potential, minimum condit...

    Authors: Innocent EW Chirisa, Shingai T Kawadza and Elmond Bandauko

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:241

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  13. Content type: Research

    Many studies investigated cultural differences in values, most notably by Hofstede and Schwarz. Relatively few have focused on virtues, a related and important concept in contemporary social science. The prese...

    Authors: Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven, Boele de Raad, Marieke E Timmerman, Françoise Askevis-Leherpeux, Pawel Boski, Carmen Carmona, Rajneesh Choubisa, Alejandra del Carmen Dominguez, Hege H Bye, Anastacia Kurylo, Cornelia Lahmann, Khairul Mastor, Eva Selenko, Alena Slezáčková, Ripley Smith, Linda Tip…

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:223

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  14. Content type: Research

    There are various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Ethiopia among which the ‘Idir’ is a social and financial institution widespread both in urban and rural areas of the country. So the objectives of this ...

    Authors: Elias Teshome, Mulumebet Zenebe, Henok Metaferia and Sibhatu Biadgilign

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:189

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  15. Content type: Research

    Despite the prevalence and popularity of research on positive and negative affect within the field of psychology, there is currently little research on affect involving the examination of cultural variables an...

    Authors: Ben CH Kuo and Catherine T Kwantes

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:119

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  16. Content type: Research

    There is increasing interest in the role played by maternal depression in mediating the effects of adversity during pregnancy and poor infant outcomes. There is also increasing evidence from multilevel regress...

    Authors: John G Eastwood, Bin B Jalaludin, Lynn A Kemp and Hai N Phung

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:55

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  17. Content type: Research

    This study aims to evaluate the learning characteristics of students using a matrix framework of learning approaches (MFLA) in a Malaysian public university. A survey form based on Biggs’s study process questi...

    Authors: Hee Chong Teoh, Maria Chong Abdullah, Samsilah Roslan and Shaffe Mohd Daud

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:54

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  18. Content type: Research

    The universality of the impact of daylight is a common thread that defines humanity. Day light affects us in a variety of ways –visually, psychologically and biologically. Artificial lighting research has expl...

    Authors: Michael S Mott, Daniel H Robinson, Thea H Williams-Black and Susan S McClelland

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:53

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  19. Content type: Research

    This article is written for the benefit of piano teachers and students, but can be of benefit to any music teacher or student. It is a case study using Prokofiev’s lesser known pedagogical work for the piano, ...

    Authors: Peter Daniel Klein

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:23

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  20. Content type: Research

    The present study examines the relationship between academic burnout and quality of learning experience and self-efficacy among undergraduate students. The sample consisted of 233 undergraduate students (106 m...

    Authors: Morteza Charkhabi, Mohsen Azizi Abarghuei and Davood Hayati

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:677

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