PhD Student

Ard Barends

PhD Student

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.

PhD project

As of 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.

The goal of the PhD project is to develop a video game that can be used to assess the six HEXACO personality traits (Honesty-Humility, Emotionality, eXtraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness to experience). We aim to develop a scientifically validated game that provides a stimulating and challenging experience for the user, and is also able to predict future work-behavior.

Research Interests

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


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Recent publications

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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