Assistant Professor

Francesca Righetti

Assistant Professor

Phone: +31 (0) 20 59 88727
Room: 1B-41

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Francesca Righetti is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology at the VU Amsterdam. She obtained her Research Master degree in 2007 (cum laude) and a PhD in 2011 (cum laude). Francesca’s research focuses on close relationships. More specifically she studies sacrifice and how dual processes shape relationship dynamics (e.g., implicit partner evaluations, self-control, automatic processes). In the past she has also won several awards such as the best dissertation award from the International Association of Relationships Research (IARR), the Early Career Award from the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) and the Raising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Research interests

Close Relationships; Sacrifice, Automatic vs. Deliberative processes in close relationships; Interpersonal Goal Support; Self-regulation.



Recent publications

R Faure, F Righetti, M Seibel & W Hofmann (2018) Speech Is Silver, Nonverbal Behavior Is Gold: How Implicit Partner Evaluations Affect Dyadic Interactions in Close Relationships. Psychological science, 0956797618785899
F Righetti & E Impett (2017) Sacrifice in close relationships: Motives, emotions, and relationship outcomes. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 11 (10), e123426
ML Visserman, F Righetti, EA Impett, D Keltner & PAM Van Lange (2017) It’s the Motive That Counts: Perceived Sacrifice Motives and Gratitude in Romantic Relationships.. American Psychological Association3
F Righetti & M Visserman (2017) I gave too much: Low self-esteem and the regret of sacrifices. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 19485506177070194
NC Köbis, JW van Prooijen, F Righetti & PAM Van Lange (2017) The road to bribery and corruption: Slippery slope or steep cliff?. Psychological science 28 (3), 297-3069
ML Visserman, F Righetti, M Kumashiro & PAM Van Lange (2017) Me or us? Self-control promotes a healthy balance between personal and relationship concerns. Social Psychological and Personality Science 8 (1), 55-656
F Righetti, J Gere, W Hofmann, ML Visserman & PAM Van Lange (2016) The burden of empathy: Partners’ responses to divergence of interests in daily life.. Emotion 16 (5), 68411
F RIGHETTI (2016) Trust and the Perception of Self‑Control. Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications 247
NC Köbis, JW van Prooijen, F Righetti & PAM Van Lange (2016) Prospection in individual and interpersonal corruption dilemmas.. Review of General Psychology 20 (1), 7115
F Righetti, D Balliet, M Visserman & W Hofmann (2015) Trust and the suppression of emotions during sacrifice in close relationships. Social Cognition 33 (5), 505-5198
NC Köbis, JW Van Prooijen, F Righetti & PAM Van Lange (2015) “Who doesn’t?”—The impact of descriptive norms on corruption. PloS one 10 (6), e013183029
F Righetti, LB Luchies, S van Gils, EB Slotter, B Witcher & M Kumashiro (2015) The prosocial versus proself power holder: How power influences sacrifice in romantic relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 41 (6), 779-79021
LD Muusses, C Finkenauer, P Kerkhof & F Righetti (2015) Partner effects of compulsive Internet use: A self-control account. Communication Research 42 (3), 365-38614
TM Pronk & F Righetti (2015) How executive control promotes happy relationships and a well-balanced life. Current Opinion in Psychology 1, 14-1715
DP Balliet & F Righetti (2015) On developing the study of social situations. European Journal of Personality 215 (29), 383-385
F Righetti, M Kumashiro & SB Campbell (2014) Goal difficulty and openness to interpersonal goal support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 40 (9), 1107-11183
F Righetti, C Finkenauer & EJ Finkel (2013) Low self-control promotes the willingness to sacrifice in close relationships. Psychological Science 24 (8), 1533-154072
F Righetti & M Kumashiro (2012) Interpersonal goal support in achieving ideals and oughts: The role of dispositional regulatory focus. Personality and Individual Differences 53 (5), 650-65413
F Righetti (2011) Self-regulation in interpersonal interactions:: Two regulatory selves at work. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit
IK Schneider, EA Konijn, F Righetti & CE Rusbult (2011) A healthy dose of trust: The relationship between interpersonal trust and health. Personal Relationships 18 (4), 668-67641

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