Aaron Kay

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business

Tom Pyszczynski

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Wil Cunningham

University of Toronto

Lottie Bullens

Phd thesis: “Having second thoughts: consequences of decision reversibility”, December 4, 2013

Iris Schneider

Phd thesis: “The dynamics of ambivalence: Cognitive, affective and physical consequences of evaluative conflict”, March 19, 2013

Marret Noordewier

Leiden University

David Maij

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David received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Brain & Cognition) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011.Two years later, he obtained research master degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical & Health Psychology (Cum Laude) after graduating at the University of Leiden. Since January 2014, he has been working as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Michiel van Elk at the University of Amsterdam.

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Hannah Nohlen

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Hannah studied psychology in Nijmegen, Cardiff, and Würzburg. She received her BSc (cum laude) in social psychology, and graduated in Behavioural Science from the Research Master Programme at the Behavioural Science Institute in Nijmegen (cum laude). In the 2010 she started her PhD project at the University of Amsterdam investigating attitudinal ambivalence and choice conflicts. Her research focuses on the consequences of evaluative conflicts for affect, cognition, and behavior, which she studies using physiological measures (EMG, GSR), neuroimaging (fMRI), lab- and field studies.

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Michiel van Elk

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Michiel studied philosophy, biological psychology and the psychology of religion in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Njjmegen. He pursued his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, followed by a post-doc position at the EPFL in Switzerland. Currently he is working as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His main interest is the cognitive science of religion and he focuses on topics such as absorption, agency detection and magical thinking.

Bastiaan Rutjens

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Bastiaan graduated in Psychology of Culture and Religion (later renamed Cultural and Personality Psychology) at the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2004 and obtained a second MSc, in Social Psychology, at the University of Amsterdam in 2006. He started his PhD project in Amsterdam in February 2008. In June 2012, he defended his thesis (cum laude), after which he worked as a postdoc with Steven Heine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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Senior Researchers

Frenk van Harreveld

Frenk 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 and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Full profile…

Joop van der Pligt

Joop 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). Full profile…

Bastiaan Rutjens

Bastiaan graduated in Psychology of Culture and Religion (later renamed Cultural and Personality Psychology) at the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2004 and obtained a second MSc, in Social Psychology, at the University of Amsterdam in 2006. He started his PhD project in Amsterdam in February 2008. In June 2012, he defended his thesis (cum laude), after which he worked as a postdoc with Steven Heine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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Michiel van Elk

Michiel studied philosophy, biological psychology and the psychology of religion in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Njjmegen. He pursued his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, followed by a post-doc position at the EPFL in Switzerland. Currently he is working as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His main interest is the cognitive science of religion and he focuses on topics such as absorption, agency detection and magical thinking.

PhD Students

Hannah Nohlen

Hannah studied psychology in Nijmegen, Cardiff, and Würzburg. She received her BSc (cum laude) in social psychology, and graduated in Behavioural Science from the Research Master Programme at the Behavioural Science Institute in Nijmegen (cum laude). In the 2010 she started her PhD project at the University of Amsterdam investigating attitudinal ambivalence and choice conflicts. Her research focuses on the consequences of evaluative conflicts for affect, cognition, and behavior, which she studies using physiological measures (EMG, GSR), neuroimaging (fMRI), lab- and field studies.

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David Maij

David received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Brain & Cognition) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011.Two years later, he obtained research master degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical & Health Psychology (Cum Laude) after graduating at the University of Leiden. Since January 2014, he has been working as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Michiel van Elk at the University of Amsterdam.

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Collaborators

Steven Heine

University of British Columbia

Marret Noordewier

Leiden University

Wil Cunningham

University of Toronto

Tom Pyszczynski

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Aaron Kay

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business

Alumni

Daniel Alink

Phd thesis: “Public Trust: Expectancies, Beliefs, and Behavior”, September 12, 2014

 

Lottie Bullens

Phd thesis: “Having second thoughts: consequences of decision reversibility”, December 4, 2013

Iris Schneider

Phd thesis: “The dynamics of ambivalence: Cognitive, affective and physical consequences of evaluative conflict”, March 19, 2013