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Annual mini-conference “Trust, Leadership, and Cooperation” March 30, 9:00-17:00 (Aurora)

On Thursday March 30, the annual mini-conference of the Social & Organizational Psychology Group will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 (location: Aurora, VU main building). We will share recent findings from our ongoing research. Students are welcome to attend the presentations and discussions. For questions, please contact this year's conference organizer, Dr. Francesca Righetti.
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Colloquium by Peter DeScioli on March 15, 16:00, room MF-G513

Colloquium Talk by Peter DeScioli Date: March 15, 16:00-17:00, room MF-G513 Speaker: Peter DeScioli, Stony Brook University Title: Alliance formation in a side-taking experiment Abstract: How do people choose sides in conflicts? People face difficult tradeoffs when deciding which side, if any, to support in disputes, especially when bound by prior loyalties and obligations. I present e...
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Research master ‘Social Psychology – Regulation of Social Behaviour’ receives label ‘Top Rated Programme’

The research master 'Social Psychology - Regulation of Social Behaviour' received the label 'Top Rated Programme' by 'Keuzegids Masters'. 'Keuzegids Masters' is an independent online consumer magazine which reviews and compares the quality of all master programmes. The online magazine is widely used by future students to decide at which university they will follow their master programmes. The labe...
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Colloquium by Prof. Evert van de Vliert, February 23, 16:00, HG-5A00

Evert van de Vliert (Professor Emeritus, University of Groningen) will give a talk on Thursday, February 23, at 4 pm in room HG-5A00. For more information on his research, please visit his website.       Climato-Economic Drivers of Social-Psychological Misery Instead of being randomly scattered across the surface of the earth, collective suffering, we/they discriminat...
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Mini-Symposium “Attention and Reward” February 23, 2017, 15:00-17:30

Mini-Symposium “Attention and Reward” Date: February 23, 2017 Time: 15.00 – 17:30 Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (MF-G6-13: medical faculty, G-Wing, 6th floor, room 13)   Schedule 15.00 – 15.05     -                 Introduction 15.05 – 15.30     -                 Leonardo Chelazzi, University of Verona, Italy Statistical Learning of Target Selection and Distractor ...
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Congratulations, Dr. Manesi!

On Monday, February 13, 2017, Zoi Manesi successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Prosocial behavior under surveillance: Understanding the eye-images effect" in the VU Aula (co-promotor: Dr. Thomas Pollet, promotor: Prof. Paul van Lange). Zoi will continue her research activities as a Postdoc at the National University of Singapore. We wish her all the best for her academic and personal fu...
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Faculty-wide award for best B-thesis in Psychology for Terence das Dores Cruz

Terence das Dores Cruz has received the annual best bachelor thesis award in psychology for his research. Congratulations! His thesis is entitled "Transparency: Treatment or Threat? Experimental Insights into Psychological Factors Influencing Corruption" (advisor: Nils Köbis, formerly PhD student in the Social & Organizational Psychology group; now a postdoc at UvA). Terence continues to work...
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EPOS attention workshop

When: November 24-25, 2016 Where: De Doelenzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Singel 425, Amsterdam, The Netherlands http://ibba.institute/epos-attention/ The aim of the meeting is to provide a broad overview of recent developments in the field of attention from different perspectives (e.g., animal studies, EEG/MRI, developmental). Talks will be given by experts in the field and are followed b...
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Congratulations, Dr. Wu!

On November 1, 2016, Junhui Wu defended her PhD thesis entitled "Understanding Human Cooperation: The Psychology of Gossip, Reputation, and Life History" at VU University Amsterdam (promotor: Paul van Lange, co-promotor: Daniel Balliet). She received a cum laude for her dissertation. Congratulations!       Summary This dissertation contributes to extant literature on ...
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Cross-cultural study headed by Josh Tybur published in PNAS

A study testing how national infectious disease burden and individual-level motivations to avoid pathogens relate to political ideology has just been published in PNAS.  The study involved researchers from 30 nations, and it was coordinated by the VU’s Josh Tybur. See below for the abstract and here for the full article.   Abstract People who are more avoidant of pathogens are more p...
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Looking through the eyes of museum visitors – The Van Gogh Museum Eye-tracking Project

Many of us appreciate art, but no-one really knows how or why we do so. Researchers in the field of empirical aesthetics attempt to answer such questions. The way people look at paintings is often studied by letting participants view works of art on a computer screen in a laboratory, during which their gaze is tracked with a stationary and bulky eye tracker. Obviously this is not a ‘natural sett...
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Colloquium talk by Jay van Bavel on Sept. 15 (16:00 – 17:00, room MF-A301)

Who: Jay J. Van Bavel, New York University Title: The Case for Moral Perception When: September 15, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs Where: MF-A301 Abstract: Models of moral psychology have largely ignored the relationship between morality and perception, despite the fact that moral judgment and decision-making usually requires that people first perceive the presence of a morally-relevant stimulus. We argu...
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2016 thesis award winners in Social & Organizational Psychology

The best Bachelor thesis in Social and Organizational Psychology in 2016 was written by Anne Leonore de Bruijn. The Pieter Drenth award for the best Master thesis in Work and Organizational Psychology 2016 goes to Mitch van der Gragt . The Caryl Rusbult award for the best Master thesis in Social Psychology 2016 goes to Mirthe van Looij. The three winners were announced during the M-thesis...
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Cheating, corruption, and concealment: new book by Jan-Willem van Prooijen & Paul van Lange

Dishonesty is ubiquitous in our world. The news is frequently filled with high-profile cases of corporate fraud, large-scale corruption, lying politicians, and the hypocrisy of public figures. On a smaller scale, ordinary people often cheat, lie, misreport their taxes, and mislead others in their daily life. Despite such prevalence of cheating, corruption, and concealment, people typically con...
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