Assistant Professor

Francesca Righetti

Assistant Professor

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

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ORA Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for the project "Implicit partner evaluations: How they form and what they do to relationships" with Wilhelm Hofmann and Paul Van Lange. The project will involve two PhD students. In this project we will conduct several laboratory experiments and a diary study with more than 150 couples to investigate the antecedents and the consequences of implicit (vs. explicit) partner evaluations.

Veni Grant from the Innovative Research Incentives Scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project "Sacrifice: consequences for the well-being of the individual and the relationship". PhD student: Mariko Visserman. In this project we conducted several laboratory experiments and an experience sampling procedure with 130 romantic couples to investigate sacrifice in romantic relationships.

VU University Amsterdam "FPP Apparatuurcommissie" funds for the project “Ovulatory cycle effects on sacrifice, trust and leadership preferences” with Joshua Tybur. In this project we are currently conducting a diary study (with daily hormones collection) to study the effect of hormonal fluctuations on relationship processes.


Francesca Righetti is an Assistant Professor in Social and Organizational Psychology at VU Amsterdam (tenured since 2016). She obtained her Research Master degree in 2007 and a PhD in 2011 with a dissertation entitled "Self-regulation in Interpersonal Interactions: Two Regulatory Selves at Work", for which she also received the Best Dissertation Award of the International Association of Relationships Research (IARR). In 2012 she obtained a VENI Grant to investigate the phenomenon of sacrifice in close relationships and the implications of sacrificing for the individual and the relationship well-being. In 2015 she obtained an ORA Grant together with Wilhelm Hofmann and Paul Van Lange to investigate implicit partner evaluations. Besides sacrifice, Francesca is currently researching the interplay between self-regulatory processes and close relationship dynamics (e.g., how people help each other in accomplishing goals; self-control). In 2014 she won the Early Career Award from the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP).

Research interests

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



Recent publications

F Righetti & E Impett (2017) Sacrifice in close relationships: Motives, emotions, and relationship outcomes. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 11 (10), e123424
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 Association2
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), 6849
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), 7112
F Righetti, D Balliet, M Visserman & W Hofmann (2015) Trust and the suppression of emotions during sacrifice in close relationships. Social Cognition 33 (5), 505-5197
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), e013183024
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), 1107-11182
F Righetti, C Finkenauer & EJ Finkel (2013) Low self-control promotes the willingness to sacrifice in close relationships. Psychological Science 24 (8), 1533-154070
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), 668-67639
F Righetti, C Finkenauer & C Rusbult (2011) The benefits of interpersonal regulatory fit for individual goal pursuit.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 101 (4), 72071

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