“When we have an emotion, it takes over”

By Anna Portella “How many of you in the last month have not washed your hands when you left the bathroom?” with that question, behavioural economist Dan Ariely struck his audience’s weak point. He was in Groningen last month to give the lecture “The problem of self-control,” and during his hours long stay in the…

A normal life, made to order

By James Field When Layla Koopal, 66, does a good job you won’t have any idea. In fact Layla’s work has been so good at going unnoticed that she has an award from the King to prove it. Layla points to the walls of cupboards in her shop ‘Frans Koopal’ in Groningen, “60,000 wigs” she…