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.

Currently, Bastiaan is working as assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, where his research is funded by grants from the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center and the AXA Research Fund.

Bastiaan’s main research interests are in social and cultural psychology. He is working on different research projects that focus largely on the psychological functions of belief systems, both religious and secular, and is particularly interested in how beliefs aid people’s search for structure and meaning in the world.

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Sample publications (full list can be found here)
  • Rutjens, B. T., Heine, S. J., Sutton, R. M., & van Harreveld, F. Attitudes towards science. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol 57), in press.
  • 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.