Ard Barends


E-mail: a.j.barends@vu.nl
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
  • Neuroscience
  • Economic games
  • Integrity
  • Gamification
  • Serious games
  • Power


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