Associate Professor

Francesca Righetti

Associate Professor

Phone: +31 (0) 20 59 88727
Room: MF-B558

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Francesca Righetti is an Associate Professor at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology at the VU Amsterdam. Francesca’s research focuses on close relationships. More specifically she studies sacrifice, ambivalence, and how dual processes shape relationship dynamics (e.g., implicit partner evaluations, self-control, automatic processes). Besides obtaining several grants (e.g., the VENI , ORA, and VIDI grants from NWO), she has also won several awards such as the best dissertation award from the International Association of Relationships Research (IARR), the Early Career Award from the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) and the Raising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Research interests

Close Relationships; Sacrifice, Automatic vs. Deliberative processes in close relationships; Interpersonal Goal Support; Self-regulation.



Recent publications

M Alonso-Ferres, F Righetti, I Valor-Segura & F Expósito (2021) How Power Affects Emotional Communication During Relationship Conflicts: The Role of Perceived Partner Responsiveness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550621996496
S Columbus, C Molho, F Righetti & D Balliet (2021) Interdependence and cooperation in daily life.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 120 (3), 62611
LL Hicks, JK McNulty, R Faure, AL Meltzer, F Righetti & W Hofmann (2021) Do people realize how their partners make them feel? Relationship enhancement motives and stress determine the link between implicitly assessed partner attitudes and …. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 120 (2), 3353
ML Visserman, F Righetti, A Muise, EA Impett, S Joel & PAM Van Lange (2021) Taking Stock of Reality: Biased Perceptions of the Costs of Romantic Partners’ Sacrifices. Social Psychological and Personality Science 12 (1), 54-621
R Faure, JK McNulty, LL Hicks & F Righetti (2020) The case for studying implicit social cognition in close relationships. Social Cognition 38 (Supplement), s98-s1142
F Righetti, JK Sakaluk, R Faure & EA Impett (2020) The link between sacrifice and relational and personal well-being: A meta-analysis.. Psychological Bulletin 146 (10), 900
S Joel, PW Eastwick, CJ Allison, XB Arriaga, ZG Baker, E Bar-Kalifa & ... (2020) Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (32), 19061-1907124
R Faure, F Righetti, G Larson, MF Cuellar, A Koutsoumpis, M Zwicker & ... (2020) When and for Whom Implicit Partner Evaluations Predict Forgiveness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550620936476
S Columbus, F Righetti & D Balliet (2020) Situations in close relationships. PsyArXiv1
F Righetti, I Schneider, D Ferrier, T Spiridonova, R Xiang & EA Impett (2020) The bittersweet taste of sacrifice: Consequences for ambivalence and mixed reactions.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General4
G Zoppolat, ML Visserman & F Righetti (2020) A nice surprise: Sacrifice expectations and partner appreciation in romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 37 (2), 450-4664
L Hicks, JK McNulty, R Faure, AL Meltzer, F Righetti & W Hofmann (2020) Do people realize how their partners make them feel? Motivation and opportunity factors determine the link between implicitly assessed partner attitudes and relationship …. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology2
F Righetti, J Sakaluk, R Faure & E Impett (2020) Sacrifice and personal and relationship well-being: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin 146
F Righetti, D Balliet, C Molho, S Columbus, R Faure, Y Bahar, M Iqmal & ... (2020) Fostering attachment security: The role of interdependent situations. International journal of environmental research and public health 17 (20), 7648
F Righetti, J Tybur, P Van Lange, L Echelmeyer, S van Esveld, J Kroese & ... (2020) How reproductive hormonal changes affect relationship dynamics for women and men: A 15-day diary study. Biological psychology 149, 1077842
I van Sintemaartensdijk & F Righetti (2019) Who does most of the work? High self‐control individuals compensate for low self‐control partners. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology 3 (4), 209-2153
HP Kotabe, F Righetti & W Hofmann (2019) How anticipated emotions guide self-control judgments. Frontiers in psychology 10, 16145
ML Visserman, EA Impett, F Righetti, A Muise, D Keltner & PAM Van Lange (2019) To “see” is to feel grateful? A quasi-signal detection analysis of romantic partners’ sacrifices. Social Psychological and Personality Science 10 (3), 317-32521
N Köbis, S van der Lingen, TDD Cruz, D Iragorri-Carter, JW van Prooijen & ... (2019) The look over your shoulder: Unethical behaviour decreases in the physical presence of observers. PsyArXiv2
R Faure, F Righetti, M Seibel & W Hofmann (2018) Speech is silver, nonverbal behavior is gold: How implicit partner evaluations affect dyadic interactions in close relationships. Psychological science 29 (11), 1731-174116

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