Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

Vanessa T. Seeligmann

Vanessa T. Seeligmann

Research Assistant


Vanessa T. Seeligmann is a Research assistant at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism. She has en MA in Social and cognitive psychology from the University of Bergen.

Vanessa has previously worked as a research intern at the Department of Psychosocial Science at UiB. She has also worked voluntarily providing language training for refugees at Landås reception centre.

Get to know Vanessa

What does a typical day for you look like?

I usually get up early and follow my normal routine with some light breakfast and then getting ready to take the bus to work. Since I just started working I changed my routine a bit, so I have a nice workout after I’m home from work. Sometimes I’m too tired though, then I prefer to relax with some Netflix or with video games.

Can you describe your office space?

Lots and lots of post-it notes and to-do lists! Other than that, it’s actually not that messy, unless I’m in the middle of something that keeps me too busy to think about cleaning.

 What is your background?

 I have a master’s in Social and Cognitive Psychology and a BA in General Psychology, which are both pretty broad degrees.  My master’s for example focused on something called the foreign language effect, which was really fun to study.

If you had to choose a different field, what would it be?

Hmm, difficult question. There are many things I’d like to try out! If I had the choice maybe I would do something completely different like Music or other arts, or I’d choose Biology and Chemistry.

 Is there a TV-show you are binging?

 Not necessarily binging anymore, but I started watching Friends for the first time a few weeks ago and within a few days I had reached season 6. I would binge Dark if I had the time though.

 What are you listening to these days?

 One of my favorite bands, BMTH, just came out with a new album so I’ve been listening to that nonstop.

Your friend sets you up on a blind date with someone famous – who do you hope it is?

 Either Gal Gadot or Ryan Reynolds, I think. They seem like the type of person you would have a lot of fun with!