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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International publications

  • van Elk, M., Rutjens, B., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. Priming of supernatural agent concepts and agency detection. Religion, Brain and Behavior, in press. 
  • van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B.T., Schneider, I.K., Nohlen, H.U., & Keskinis, K. In doubt and disorderly: Ambivalence promotes compensatory perceptions of order. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, in press.
  • Bullens, L., van Harreveld, F., Forster, J., & Higgins, E.T., How decision reversibility affects motivation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, in press.
  • Nohlen, H., van Harreveld, F., Crone, E., Rotteveel, M., & Lelieveld, G. (2013). Evaluating ambivalence: Social-cognitive and affective brain regions associated with ambivalent decision-making. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
  • Bullens, L., van Harreveld, F., Forster, J., & van der Pligt, J. (2013). Reversible decisions: The grass isn't merely greener on the other side; it's also very brown over here. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 1093-1099.
  • Rutjens, B.T., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2013). Step by step: Finding compensatory order in science. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 250-255.
  • 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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Phone: 020 – 525 6719

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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