PhD Student

Catherine Molho

PhD Student

Room: MF-B-557

PhD project

As of September 2015, I am working on my PhD, supervised by Dr. Daniel Balliet and Dr. Joshua Tybur. My research is part of the ERC funded project "Releasing prisoners of the paradigm: Understanding how cooperation varies across contexts in the lab and field”. Some of the questions it focuses on concern (a) how people experience interdependence (e.g., conflict and power) in their daily lives, (b) how different interdependence dimensions, such as power and information uncertainty, influence decisions to cooperate with or punish others, and (c) how people respond—emotionally and behaviorally—to violations of cooperative norms.


I started my PhD after obtaining a bachelor’s in Psychology (Panteion University) and a research master’s in Social Psychology (cum laude; VU Amsterdam). During my studies, I became fascinated with social dilemma research and intrigued by evolutionary psychological perspectives. In my master’s thesis, I focused on the relation between power and cooperation in social dilemmas, looking at how power influences the use of strategies, such as punishment and gossip, to promote cooperation.


Amsterdam Cooperation Lab
Curriculum Vitae

Recent publications

AK Karinen, C Molho, TR Kupfer & JM Tybur (2019) Disgust sensitivity and opposition to immigration: Does contact avoidance or resistance to foreign norms explain the relationship?. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 84, 103817
C Molho, D Balliet & J Wu (2019) Hierarchy, power, and strategies to promote cooperation in social dilemmas. Games 10 (1), 12
C Molho, D Balliet & J Wu (2019) pre-print Hierarchy, Power, and Strategies to Promote Cooperation in Social Dilemmas. PsyArXiv
JM Tybur, C Molho, TDD Cruz, B Cakmak, GD Singh & M Zwicker (2019) Tybur Et Al. Disgust Anger Aggression. PsyArXiv
FH Gerpott, D Balliet, S Columbus, C Molho & RE de Vries (2018) How do people think about interdependence? A multidimensional model of subjective outcome interdependence.. Journal of personality and social psychology 115 (4), 716
JM Tybur, C Molho & D Balliet (2018) Moralized disgust versus disgusting immorality: An adaptationist perspective. The Moral Psychology of Disgust, 11-27
K Eriksson, P Strimling, PA Andersson, M Aveyard, M Brauer, V Gritskov & ... (2017) Cultural universals and cultural differences in meta-norms about peer punishment. Management and Organization Review 13 (4), 851-870
C Molho, JM Tybur, E Güler, D Balliet & W Hofmann (2017) Disgust and anger relate to different aggressive responses to moral violations. Psychological science 28 (5), 609-619
C Molho & DP Balliet (2017) Navigating interdependent social situations. The Oxford Handbook of Psychological Situations
C Molho, SGB Roberts, RE de Vries & TV Pollet (2016) The six dimensions of personality (HEXACO) and their associations with network layer size and emotional closeness to network members. Personality and individual differences 99, 144-148
JM Tybur, Y Inbar, E Güler & C Molho (2015) Pathogen disgust requires no defense: A response to Shook, Terrizzi, Clay, & Oosterhoff (2015). Evolution and Human Behavior 36 (6), 502-504
JM Tybur, Y Inbar, E Güler & C Molho (2015) Is the relationship between pathogen avoidance and ideological conservatism explained by sexual strategies?. Evolution and Human Behavior 36 (6), 489-497

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