PhD Student/Lecturer

Ard Barends

PhD Student/Lecturer

Phone: +31 (0)20 59 84468
Room: MF-B557


Before starting my PhD-project, I graduated from the Neuroscience and Cognition Research master program at Utrecht University. I am mainly interested in how novel technology can be used to investigate social neuroscience topics. During my master’s this interest resulted in a study investigating affective responses to ambivalent information, and in another study for which we used virtual reality to assess the interrelation between human navigational abilities. Finally, my master thesis focused on the question to what extent romantic love and addiction overlap.

In September 2015 I started with the PhD project “Personality simulations in Assessment: Can games predict work-behavior” under the supervision of Prof. dr. Reinout de Vries and Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt. The project is a collaboration between LTP Business Psychologists and VU University Amsterdam..

In September 2019 I started as a lecturer at Organizational Psychology department and I will teach the courses: S&O Professional Skills and Leadership and Cooperation: Part 1. Additionally, I will coordinate the courses Personality at Work and Personality Psychology.

Research Interests

  • Personality
  • Applied organizational research
  • Economic games
  • Integrity
  • Gamification
  • Serious games
  • Power


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Recent publications

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 (2019) Noncompliant responding: Comparing exclusion criteria in MTurk personality research to improve data quality. Personality and individual differences 143, 84-89
AJ Barends, RE de Vries & M van Vugt (2019) Gamified personality assessment: Virtual behavior cues of honesty-humility.. Zeitschrift für Psychologie 227 (3), 207
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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