Frenk van Harreveld

Frenk van HarreveldFrenk van Harreveld is an associate professor of social psychology. He obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Subsequently he worked for the world's largest consulting firm Accenture, after which he returned to the UvA. He has worked as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

His research concerns various aspects of uncertainty. Frenk's research on attitudes and decision-making for example examines various forms of evaluative conflict such as attitudinal ambivalence, cognitive dissonance and regret. Other forms of uncertainty that he investigates are risk perception, lack of control and mortality salience.

Frenk teaches a bachelor course on attitudes and persuasion and a research master course on judgment and decision-making. 

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Phone: 020 – 525 7263

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International publications

International publications

  • Nohlen, H., van Harreveld, F., Crone, E., Rotteveel, M., & Lelieveld, G., Evaluating ambivalence: Social-cognitive and affective brain regions associated with ambivalent decision-making. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, in press.
  • Bullens, L., van Harreveld, F., Forster, J., & Higgins, E.T., How decision reversibility affects motivation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, in press.
  • Rutjens, B.T., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (in press). Step by step: Finding compensatory order in science. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., Kreemers, L. M., & Noordewier, M. K. (2013).  Steps, stages, and structure: Finding compensatory order in scientific theories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General142, 313-318.
  • Schneider, I.K., Eerland, A., van Harreveld, F., Rotteveel, M., van der Pligt, J., van der Stoep, N., & Zwaan, R.A. (2013). One way and the other: The bi-directional relationship between ambivalence and body movement. Psychological Science, 24, 319-325.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2012). Regulating psychological threat: The motivational consequences of threatening contexts. In K. J. Jonas & T. Morton (eds.), Restoring civil societies: The psychology of intervention and engagement following crisis.
  • Wiersema, D.V., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2012). Shut your eyes and think of something else: Self-esteem and avoidance when dealing with counter-attitudinal information. Social Cognition, 30, No. 3, pp. 323-334.
  • Bullens, L., Forster, J.A., van Harreveld, F., & Liberman, N. (2012). Self-produced decisional conflict due to incorrect metacognitions. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive Consistency: A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition (pp. 267 - 284). New York: Guilford Press.
  • van Harreveld, F., Schneider, I.K., Nohlen, H., & van der Pligt, J. (2012). Ambivalence and conflict in attitudes and decision-making. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive Consistency: A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition (pp. 285 - 304). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Bullens, L., van Harreveld, F., & Forster, J.A. (2011). Keeping ones options open: The detrimental consequences of decision reversibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 800-805.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2010). Deus or Darwin: Randomness and belief in theories about the origin of life. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1078-1080.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2010). Yes we can: Belief in progress as compensatory control. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 246-252.
  • Wiersema, D.V., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2010). Motivated memory: Memory for attitude-relevant information as a function of self-esteem. Social Cognition, 28, 219-239.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van Harreveld, F. & van der Pligt, J. (2009). The restraint bias: How the illusion of self-restraint promotes impulsive behavior. Psychological Science, 20, 1523-1528.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2009). Things will get better: The anxiety-buffering qualities of progressive hope. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 535-543.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., & De Liver, Y. (2009). The agony of ambivalence and ways to resolve it: Introducing the MAID model. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13(1), 45-61.
  • van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B.T., Rotteveel, M., Nordgren, L.F., & van der Pligt, J. (2009).  Ambivalence and decisional conflict as a cause of psychological discomfort: Feeling tense before jumping off the fence. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 167-173.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2008). The instability of health cognitions: visceral states influence self-efficacy and related health beliefs. Health Psychology , 27, 722-727.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., & Nordgren, L.F. (2008).  The relativity of bad decisions: Social comparison as a means to alleviate regret. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 105-117.
  • van Dijk, W.W. & van Harreveld, F. (2008). Disappointment and regret. In N. M. Ashkanasy & C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Research companion to emotions in organizations. (pp. 90-102). London: Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J. & van Harreveld, F. (2007). Unpacking perceived control in risk perception: The mediating role of anticipated regret. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 20, 533-544.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2007). Evaluating Eve: Visceral states influence the evaluation of impulsive behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 75-84.
  • van Harreveld, F., Wagenmakers, E.J., & van der Maas, H., (2007). The effects of time pressure on chess skill: An investigation into fast and slow processes underlying expert performance. Psychological Research, 71 , 591-597.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., Claassen, E., & van Dijk, W.W. (2007). Inmate emotion coping and psychological and physical well-being: The use of crying over spilled milk. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34, 697-708.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2006). Visceral drives in retrospect: making attributions about the inaccessible past. Psychological Science, 17, 635-640.  (Featured as Editor's Choice in Science, 312 , p. 1849).
  • Nordgren, L.F., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2006). Ambivalence, discomfort and motivated information processing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 252-258.
  • van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2004). Attitudes as stable and transparent constructions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 666-674.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., de Vries, N.K, Wenneker, C., & Verhue, D. (2004). Ambivalence and information integration in attitudinal judgment. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 431-447.
  • van der Pligt, J., de Vries, N.K., Manstead, A.S.R., & van Harreveld, F. (2000). The importance of being selective: Weighing the role of attribute importance in attitudinal judgment. In M.P. Zanna (Ed.). Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol 32) (pp. 135-200). New York : Academic Press.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., de Vries, N.K. & Andreas, S. (2000). Belief importance and accessibility in expectancy-value models. British Journal of Social Psychology, 39 (3), 363-380.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N.K (1999). Attitudes towards smoking and the subjective importance of attributes: Implications for risk-benefit ratios. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 58, 65-72.
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Joop van der Pligt

JoopvdPligtJoop van der Pligt is a full professor of Social Psychology. He obtained his PhD at the University of London. Subsequently he worked for the Institute of Environmental Studies of the Free University at Amsterdam, Exeter University and the University of Amsterdam. He was a visiting professor at the University of Surrey (UK).

His research focuses on risk perception and the acceptability of risks. Both health-related risks, as well as large scale societal risks recieved considerable attention in his research. Together with Frenk van Harreveld he studied causes and consequences of attitudinal ambivalence. His research also addresses risk communication and its impact on both the acceptability of risk and behavioral change.

Joop van der Pligt is Head of the Department of the Social Psychology Group.

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International publications

Publications

  • Rutjens, B.T., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (in press). Step by step: Finding compensatory order in science. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • van Harreveld, F., Schneider, I.K., Nohlen, H., & van der Pligt, J. (in press). Ambivalence and conflict in attitudes and decision-making. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive Consistency: A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2010). Deus or Darwin: Randomness and belief in theories about the origin of life. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1078-1080.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2010). Yes we can: Belief in progress as compensatory control. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 246-252.
  • Wiersema, D.V., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2010). Motivated memory: Memory for attitude-relevant information as a function of self-esteem. Social Cognition, 28, 219-239.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van Harreveld, F. & van der Pligt, J. (2009). The restraint bias: How the illusion of self-restraint promotes impulsive behavior. Psychological Science, 20, 1523-1528.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2009). Things will get better: The anxiety-buffering qualities of progressive hope. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 535-543.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., & De Liver, Y. (2009). The agony of ambivalence and ways to resolve it: Introducing the MAID model. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13(1), 45-61.
  • van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B.T., Rotteveel, M., Nordgren, L.F., & van der Pligt, J. (2009).  Ambivalence and decisional conflict as a cause of psychological discomfort: Feeling tense before jumping off the fence. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 167-173.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2008). The instability of health cognitions: visceral states influence self-efficacy and related health beliefs. Health Psychology , 27, 722-727.
  • van Dijk, W.W. & van Harreveld, F. (2008). Disappointment and regret. In N. M. Ashkanasy & C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Research companion to emotions in organizations. (pp. 90-102). London: Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., & Nordgren, L.F. (2008).  The relativity of bad decisions: Social comparison as a means to alleviate regret, British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 105-117.
  • de Liver, Y. N., van der Pligt, J., & Wigboldus, D. H. J. (2007). Positive and negative associations underlying ambivalent attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 319-326.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J. & van Harreveld, F. (2007). Unpacking perceived control in risk perception: The mediating role of anticipated regret. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 20, 533-544.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2007). Evaluating Eve: Visceral states influence the evaluation of impulsive behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 75-84.
  • van Harreveld, F., Wagenmakers, E.J., & van der Maas, H., (2007). The effects of time pressure on chess skill: An investigation into fast and slow processes underlying expert performance. Psychological Research, 71 , 591-597.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., Claassen, E., & van Dijk, W.W. (2007). Inmate emotion coping and psychological and physical well-being: The use of crying over spilled milk. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34, 697-708.
  • Nordgren, L.F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2006). Visceral drives in retrospect: making attributions about the inaccessible past. Psychological Science, 17, 635-640.  (Featured as Editor's Choice in Science, 312 , p. 1849).
  • Nordgren, L.F., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2006). Ambivalence, discomfort and motivated information processing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 252-258.
  • van den Berg, H., van der Pligt, J., Wigboldus, D. H. J., & Manstead, A. S. R. (2006). The impact of affective and cognitive focus on attitude formation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 373-379.
  • Berndsen, M., & van der Pligt, J. (2005). Risks of meat: The relative impact of cognitive, effective and moral concerns. Appetite,44, 195-205.
  • de Liver, Y. N., van der Pligt, J., & Wigboldus, D. H. J. (2005). Unpacking attitudes towards genetically modified food. Appetite, 45, 242-249.
  • van den Berg, H., Manstead, A. S. R., van der Pligt, J., & Wigboldus, D. (2005). The role of effect in attitudes toward organ donation and donor relevant behavior. Psychology & Health, 20, 789-802.
  • Berndsen, M., & van der Pligt, J. (2004). Ambivalence towards meat. Appetite. 42, 71-78.
  • Berndsen, M., van der Pligt, J., Doosje, B., & Manstead, A. S. R. (2004). Guilt and regret: The determining role of interpersonal and intrapersonal harm. Cognition and Emotion, 18, 55-70.
  • van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2004). Attitudes as stable and transparent constructions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 666-674.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., de Vries, N.K, Wenneker, C., & Verhue, D. (2004). Ambivalence and information integration in attitudinal judgment. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 431-447.
  • van der Maas, H. L. J., Kolstein, R., & van der Pligt, J. (2003). Sudden transitions in attitudes. Sociological Methods and Research, 32, 125-152.
  • van Dijk, W. W., Zeelenberg, M., & van der Pligt, J. (2003). Blessed are those who expect nothing: Lowering expectations as a way of avoiding disappointment. Journal of Economic Psychology, 24, 505-516.
  • van der Pligt, J. (2002). Cognition and affect in risk perception and risky decision-making. In C. von Hofsten & L. Bäckman (Eds.) Psychology at the turn of the millennium, Social, developmental, and clinical perspectives, Vol. 2, pp. 247-270. Hove, England: Psychology Press.
  • Manstead, A. S. R., & van der Pligt, J. (2002). The what, when and how of affective influences in interpersonal behavior. Psychological Inquiry, 13, 71-73.
  • Roelofsma, P. H. M. P., & van der Pligt, J. (2001). On the psychology of time preference and human decisions. Acta Psychologica, 108, 91-93.
  • Berndsen, M., & van der Pligt, J. (2001). Time is on my side: Optimism in intertemporal choice. Acta Psychologica, 108, 173-186.
  • Berndsen, M., McGarty, C., van der Pligt, J., & Spears, R. (2001). Meaning-seeking in the illusory correlation paradigm: The active role of participants in the categorization process. British Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 209-233.
  • Zeelenberg, M., van Dijk, W. W., Manstead, A. S. R., & van der Pligt, J. (2000). On bad decisions and disconfirmed expectancies: The psychology of regret and disappointment. Cognition and Emotion, 14, 521- 541.
  • Zeelenberg, M., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (2000). Attributions of responsibility and affective reactions to decision outcomes. Acta Psychologica, 104, 303-316.
  • van der Pligt, J., de Vries, N.K., Manstead, A.S.R., & van Harreveld, F. (2000). The importance of being selective: Weighing the roleof attribute importance in attitudinal judgment. In M.P.Zanna (Ed.). Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol 32) (pp. 135-200). New York : Academic Press.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., de Vries, N.K. & Andreas, S. (2000). Belief importance and accessibility in expectancy-value models. British Journal of Social Psychology, 39 (3), 363-380.
  • van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N.K (1999). Attitudes towards smoking and the subjective importance of attributes: Implications for risk-benefit ratios. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 58, 65-72.
  • van Dijk, W. W., van der Pligt, J., & Zeelenberg, M. (1999). Effort invested in vain The impact of effort on the intensity of disappointment and regret. Motivation and Emotion, 23, 203-220.
  • van Dijk, W., Zeelenberg, M, & van der Pligt, J. (1999). Not having what you want versus having what you don't want: The impact of type of negative outcome on the experience of disappointment and related emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 13, 129-148.
  • Manstead, A. S. R., & van der Pligt, J. (1999). One process or two? Quantitative and qualitative distinctions in models of persuasion. Psychological Inquiry, 10, 144-149.
  • Berndsen, M., Spears, R., van der Pligt, J., & McGarty, C.& (1999). Determinants of intergroup differentiation in the illusory correlation task. British Journal of Psychology, 90, 201-220.
  • Zeelenberg, M., van Dijk, W. W., van Empelen, P., Reinderman, D., van der Pligt, J., & Manstead, A. S. R. (1998). Emotional reactions to the outcomes of decisions: The role of counterfactual thought in the experience of regret and disappointment. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Making, 75, 117-141.
  • Zeelenberg, M., van Dijk, W. W., Manstead, A. S. R., & van der Pligt, J. (1998). The experience of regret and disappointment. Cognition and Emotion, 12, 221-230.
  • Zeelenberg, M., van der Pligt, J., & Manstead, A. S. R. (1998). Undoing regret on Dutch Television: Apologizing for interpersonal regrets involving actions or inactions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 1113-1119.
  • van der Pligt, J., Zeelenberg, M., van Dijk, W. W., de Vries, N. K., & Richard, R. (1998). Affect, attitudes, and decisions: Let's be more specific. In W. Stroebe & M. Hewstone (Eds.), European Review of Social Psychology, Vol. 8, pp. 33-66. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • van der Pligt, J., van Schie, E. C. M., & Hoevenagel, R. (1998) Understanding and valuing environmental risk:The effects of availability and anchoring on judgment. Zeitschrift fur Experimentelle Psychologie, 45, 286-302.
  • van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (1998). Expectancy-value models of health behaviour: The role of salience and anticipated affect. Psychology & Health, 13, 298-305.
  • van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (1998). Belief importance in expectancy-value models of attitudes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 1339-1354.
  • van der Pligt, J. (1998). Perceived risk and vulnerability as predictors of precautionary health behaviour. British Journal of Health Psychology, 3, 1-14.
  • Richard, R., de Vries, N. K., & van der Pligt, J. (1998). Anticipated regret and precautionary sexual behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 1411-1428.
  • Manstead, A. S. R. & van der Pligt, J., (1998). Should we expect more from expectancy-value models of attitude and behaviour? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 1313-1316.
  • van Dijk, W., & van der Pligt, J. (1997). The impact of probability and magnitude of outcome on disappointment and elation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 69, 277-284.
  • Zeelenberg, M., Beattie, J., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (1996). Consequences of regret aversion: Effects of expected feedback on risky decision making. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 65, 148-158.
  • van der Velde, F. W., Hooykaas, C. & van der Pligt, J.,(1996). Conditional versus unconditional risk estimates in models of AIDS-related risk behaviour. Psychology and Health, 12, 87-100.
  • van der Pligt, J. (1996) Risk perception and self-protective behaviour. European Psychologist, 1, 34-43.
  • Richard, R., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (1996). Anticipated regret and time perspective: Changing sexual risk-taking behavior. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 9, 185-199.
  • Richard, R., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (1996). Anticipated affect and behavioral choice, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 18, 111-129.
  • Otten, W., & van der Pligt, J. (1996). Context effects in the measurement of optimism in probability judgment. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 15, 80-101.
  • Martijn, C., van der Pligt, J. & Spears, R. (1996). Self serving bias in attitude judgments: The use of person versus issue implicated language. Social Cognition, 14, 77-91.
  • Berndsen, M., van der Pligt, J., Spears, R., & McCarty (1996). Expectations-based and data-based illusory correlation: The effects of confirming versus disconfirming evidence. European Journal of Social Psychology, 26, 899-914.
  • Berndsen, M., Spears, R., & van der Pligt, J. (1996). Illusory correlation and attitude-based vested interest. European Journal of Social Psychology, 26, 247-264.
  • van Schie, E. C. M., & van der Pligt, J. (1995). Influencing risk-preference in decision-making: The effects of framing and salience. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes , 63, 264-275.
  • Richard, R., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (1995). Anticipated affective reactions and prevention of AIDS. British Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 9-21.
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Daniel Alink

Portret Daniel AlinkDaniel Alink is a PhD-student at the Social Psychology department of the University of Amsterdam. After completing his research master in Behavioral Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, he started to work on his PhD-project at the UvA in August 2009. It is titled "Just go to sleep peacefully: the role of trust in the acceptance of risks", supervised by prof. dr. Joop van der Pligt and dr. Frenk van Harreveld. In this project Daniel investigates the role that trust in public institutions plays in the acceptance of societal risks. Examples are the greenhouse effect, disease epidemics, and nuclear power. The project aims to link the acceptance of these risks to trust in instutions, mainly governments, science and companies. Other research interests include gambling, conspiracy beliefs, and risk in a broad sense.

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Lottie Bullens

Lottie BullensLottie Bullens is a PhD student at the social psychology department. She graduated cum laude from the UvA psychology research master in 2007. She majored in social psychology, with a minor in organizational psychology. After working as a research assistant in the Brain and Development lab at Leiden University for almost one year, she started her PhD project June 2008.
Together with Frenk van Harreveld and Jens Förster she is exploring the effects of decision reversibility. Her main research interests are decision-making, goals (goal pursuit and goal fulfillment), motivation, and self-regulatory processes.

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Phone: 020 – 525 6886

International publications

Publications

  • Bullens, L., van Harreveld, F., Forster, J., & Higgins, E.T., How decision reversibility affects motivation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, in press.
  • Bullens, L., Forster, J.A., van Harreveld, F., & Liberman, N. (2012). Self-produced decisional conflict due to incorrect metacognitions. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive Consistency: A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition (pp. 267 - 284). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Bullens, L., van Harreveld, F., & Forster, J.A. (2011). Keeping ones options open: The detrimental consequences of decision reversibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 800-805.
  • Crone, E. A., Bullens, L., Van der Plas, E. A. A., Kijkuit, E. & Zelazo, P. D. (2008). Developmental changes and individual differences in risk and perspective taking. Development and Psychopathology, 20(4), 1213-1229.
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Hannah Nohlen

Hannah NohlenHannah studied (social) psychology at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2009 she graduated in Behavioural Science from the Research Master's Programme at the Behavioural Science Institute in Nijmegen (cum laude). As part of her thesis she went to the University of Würzburg, where she worked on a project regarding mediators of goal shift through an affective or cognitive focus.
In the beginning of 2010 Hannah started a PhD project at the University of Amsterdam under supervision of Frenk van Harreveld, Mark Rotteveel, and Joop van der Pligt. Her project is on attitudinal ambivalence and choice conflicts, and Hannah is especially interested in the behavioural consequences of and coping mechanisms involved in ambivalence. Some questions she is trying to answer are how to choose when choice options conflict, how to deal with the negative consequences of ambivalence, and how ambivalence is automatically evaluated.

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Phone: 020 – 525 6879

International publications

Publications

  • Nohlen, H., van Harreveld, F., Crone, E., Rotteveel, M., & Lelieveld, G., Evaluating ambivalence: Social-cognitive and affective brain regions associated with ambivalent decision-making. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, in press.
  • van Harreveld, F., Schneider, I.K., Nohlen, H., & van der Pligt, J. (in press). Ambivalence and conflict in attitudes and decision-making. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive Consistency: A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition. New York: Guilford Press.
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Bastiaan Rutjens

Bastiaan RutjensBastiaan Rutjens (1980) is a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam. He graduated in Cultural and Personality Psychology (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Social Psychology (University of Amsterdam). His research project focuses on the effects of control threat and existential uncertainty on a wide range of compensatory beliefs. Amongst these beliefs, Bastiaan is especially interested in exploring the concept of belief in progress as a psychological construct; how does this belief relate to threats to order and meaning?  

Other research interests include the psychology of superstition, psychophysiological measurement, attitudinal ambivalence, decision-making, environmental and moral behavior, and communication and persuasion.

Bastiaan will defend his thesis "Start making sense: Compensatory responses to control- and meaning threats" on June 15th, 2012 in Amsterdam.

 

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Personal website: www.bastiaanrutjens.com

Phone: 020 – 525 6895/7099

International publications

Publications

  • Rutjens, B.T., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (in press). Step by step: Finding compensatory order in science. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., Kreemers, L. M., & Noordewier, M. K. (2013).  Steps, stages, and structure: Finding compensatory order in scientific theories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General142, 313-318.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2012). Regulating psychological threat: The motivational consequences of threatening contexts. In K. J. Jonas & T. Morton (eds.), Restoring civil societies: The psychology of intervention and engagement following crisis.
  • Vail, K. E., Juhl, J., Arndt, J., Vess, M., Routledge, C., & Rutjens, B. T. (2012). When death is good for life: Considering the positive trajectories of terror management. Personality and Social Psychology Review16, 303-329.
  • Schneider, I.K., Rutjens, B.T., Jostmann, N.B., & Lakens, D. (2011). Weighty matters. Importance literally feels heavy. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 474 - 478.
  • Wojtkowiak, J., & Rutjens, B. T. (2011). The postself and terror management theory: Reflecting on after death identity buffers existential threat. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 137-144.
  • Wojkowiak, J., Rutjens, B. T., & Venbrux, E. (2010). Meaning making and death: A Dutch survey study. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 32, 363-373.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2010). Deus or Darwin: Randomness and belief in theories about the origin of life. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1078-1080.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2010). Yes we can: Belief in progress as compensatory control. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 246-252.
  • Rutjens, B. T., & Loseman, A. (2010). The society-supporting self: System justification and cultural worldview defense as different forms of self-regulation. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 241-250.
  • Rutjens, B. T., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2009). Things will get better: The anxiety-buffering qualities of progressive hope. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 535-543.
  • van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B. T., Rotteveel, M., Nordgren, L. F., & van der Pligt, J. (2009). Ambivalence and decisional conflict as a cause of psychological discomfort: Feeling tense before jumping off the fence. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 167-173.
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Iris Schneider

Iris SchneiderIris Schneider graduated in 2007 (cum laude) from the Social Psychology Research Master at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She then briefly worked for Young Executive Recruitment as an assessment psychologist before returning to science, first as a research assistant and now as a PhD student working with Frenk van Harreveld, Mark Rotteveel, and Joop van der Pligt.

Her research mainly concerns ambivalence. Ambivalence is experienced when we have both negative and positive evaluations about the same object (behavior, person, product etc.). Examples of ambivalent topics include alcohol, abortion, beer, fast-food, euthanasia, organ donation and chocolate. In her research she aims to further our understanding of motor and bodily responses to ambivalent stimuli by tracking arm movements as well as movements of the whole body.  In other words, how do we move when we are ambivalent? Does this help us in resolving our ambivalence? Additionally she investigates the affective responses to ambivalence. Further research interests concern embodied cognition and emotion regulation.

Iris supervises Master students and teaches second year Bachelor courses on scientific writing and experimenting. She is also the PhD student representative for the Kurt Lewin Institute.

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Phone: 020 – 525 7089

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Publications

  •  Schneider, I.K., Rutjens, B.T. & Jostmann, N.B. & Lakens, D. (in press). Weighty matters. Importance literally feels heavy. Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • Schneider, I.K., Konijn, E.A., Righetti, F. & Rusbult, C.E. (in press). A healthy dose of trust: The relationship between trust and health. Personal Relationships.
  • van Harreveld, F., Schneider, I.K., Nohlen, H., & van der Pligt, J. (in press). Ambivalence and conflict in attitudes and decision-making. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive Consistency: A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition. New York: Guilford Press.
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