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.

Bastiaan currently is an assistant professor at the psychology department of the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are in social and cultural psychology, within which he focuses on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews. Most of his research targets the psychology of science.

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Sample publications (full list can be found here)
  • Rutjens, B. T., Heine, S. J., Sutton, R. M., & van Harreveld, F. (2018). Attitudes towards science. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology,57, 125-165.
  • Rutjens, B. T., & Heine, S. J. (2016). The immoral landscape? Scientists are associated with violations of morality. PLoS ONE, 11(4): e0152798.
  • 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 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., 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.