PhD Student

Catherine Molho

PhD Student

Room: 1B-37

PhD project

As of September 2015, I am working on my PhD, supervised by Dr. Daniel Balliet and Dr. Joshua Tybur. My research is part of the ERC funded project "Releasing prisoners of the paradigm: Understanding how cooperation varies across contexts in the lab and field”. Some of the questions it focuses on concern (a) how people experience interdependence (e.g., conflict and power) in their daily lives, (b) how different interdependence dimensions, such as power and information uncertainty, influence decisions to cooperate with or punish others, and (c) how people respond—emotionally and behaviorally—to violations of cooperative norms.


I started my PhD after obtaining a bachelor’s in Psychology (Panteion University) and a research master’s in Social Psychology (cum laude; VU Amsterdam). During my studies, I became fascinated with social dilemma research and intrigued by evolutionary psychological perspectives. In my master’s thesis, I focused on the relation between power and cooperation in social dilemmas, looking at how power influences the use of strategies, such as punishment and gossip, to promote cooperation.


Amsterdam Cooperation Lab
Curriculum Vitae

Recent publications

K Eriksson, P Strimling, PA Andersson, M Aveyard, M Brauer, V Gritskov & ... (2017) Cultural universals and cultural differences in meta-norms about peer punishment. Management and Organization Review 13 (4), 851-870
FH Gerpott, D Balliet, S Columbus, C Molho & RE de Vries (2017) How Do People Think About Interdependence? A Multidimensional Model of Subjective Outcome Interdependence.. American Psychological Association
C Molho, JM Tybur, E Güler, D Balliet & W Hofmann (2017) Disgust and anger relate to different aggressive responses to moral violations. Psychological science 28 (5), 609-619
C Molho, SGB Roberts, RE de Vries & TV Pollet (2016) The six dimensions of personality (HEXACO) and their associations with network layer size and emotional closeness to network members. Personality and individual differences 99, 144-148
JM Tybur, Y Inbar, E Güler & C Molho (2015) Pathogen disgust requires no defense: A response to Shook, Terrizzi, Clay, & Oosterhoff (2015). Evolution and Human Behavior 36 (6), 502-504
JM Tybur, Y Inbar, E Güler & C Molho (2015) Is the relationship between pathogen avoidance and ideological conservatism explained by sexual strategies?. Evolution and Human Behavior 36 (6), 489-497

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