Ard Barends


E-mail: a.j.barends@vu.nl
Phone: +31 (0)20 59 84468
Room: MF-B557


Currently, I am working as a lecturer in organizational psychology and teach in the courses: S&O Professional Skills (B3) and Leadership and Cooperation: Part 1 (B2). Additionally, I also coordinate these two courses together with the courses Personality at Work (Master) and Personality Theory.and Assessment (B1). My background is in Neuroscience and Cognition (Bachelor and Research master at Utrecht University). I subsequently moved to organizational psychology for my PhD at VU University Amsterdam (supervised by Prof. dr. Reinout de Vries and Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt). I obtained my PhD degree in 2020. During my PhD. I developed and validated a computer game to assess the Honesty-Humility personality trait for LTP Business Psychologists. Currently, I am working on several follow-up projects regarding this computer game (e.g., high stakes validity; adverse impact).

My research is informed by my broad educational background and focuses on personality psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience..For instance, during my master I used virtual reality to assess individual differences in human navigational abilities. Additionally, my master thesis focused on the question to what extent romantic love and addiction overlap Some of my more recent work deals with how personality and situations interact to produce behavior.in work and social contexts.

Research Interests

  • Personality
  • Neuroscience
  • Economic games
  • Integrity
  • Gamification
  • Serious games
  • Power


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Recent publications

RE de Vries, AJ Barends & FS de Kock (2021) Dispositional insight: Its relations with HEXACO personality and cognitive ability. Personality and Individual Differences 173, 110644
D Albohn, D Allington, N Barbaro, A Barends, N Baumann, A Beauducel & ... (2020) The colleagues listed below reviewed the incoming manuscripts very conscientiously and provided constructive hints for many of our authors. Furthermore, in most cases they …. Journal of Individual Differences 41 (4), 229
AJ Barends (2020) Assessing Honesty-Humility: Theoretical and Practical Considerations of Traditional and Game-Based Assessments.
AJ Barends, RE de Vries & M van Vugt (2019) Power influences the expression of Honesty-Humility: The power-exploitation affordances hypothesis. Journal of research in personality 82, 103856
AJ Barends, RE de Vries & M van Vugt (2019) Gamified Personality Assessment. Zeitschrift für Psychologie
AJ Barends & RE de Vries (2019) Noncompliant responding: Comparing exclusion criteria in MTurk personality research to improve data quality. Personality and Individual Differences 143, 84-89
A Barends, RE de Vries & M van Vugt (2016) Does power influence integrity?. WAOP Conference 2016
HU Nohlen, F Van Harreveld, M Rotteveel, AJ Barends & JT Larsen (2016) Affective responses to ambivalence are context-dependent: A facial EMG study on the role of inconsistency and evaluative context in shaping affective responses to ambivalence. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 65, 42-51
AJ Barends (2014) The overlap between romantic love and addiction.

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