PhD student

Mengchen (Maggie) Dong

PhD student

Phone: +31 20 59 88715
Room: MF-C-580

Research interests

  • Moral hypocrisy and moral integrity
  • Moral psychology
  • Social hierarchy, power, and status
  • Self-transcendence, moral elevation, and spirituality
  • Cross-cultural psychology


My PhD project is titled “Understanding Moral Hypocrisy: Behavior and Social Judgment”. This PhD project is financially supported by China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Paul A. M. Van Lange and Dr. Jan-Willem Van Prooijen, my current research mainly concerns moral hypocrisy, including both motivational antecedents and social judgments of relevant behaviors. I am also broadly interested in moral psychology, cross-cultural differences of moral judgment, and self-transcendent accounts of moral behavior.


I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with distinction in 2013 (South China Normal University, China). I then received postgraduate recommendation and completed a three-year Research Master in Social Psychology in 2016 (Beijing Normal University, China). Before starting my PhD project in 2016, I worked on various projects, including (1) negative emotions and working memory, (2) national survey on Chinese adolescents’ Internet behavior, and (3) secular spirituality in China and its implications on prosocial behavior.


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Recent publications

M Dong, G Palomo‐Vélez & S Wu (2021) Reducing the gap between pro‐environmental disposition and behavior: The role of feeling power. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 51 (3), 262-272
M Dong (2021) Understanding Moral Hypocrisy: Behavioral Antecedents and Social Consequences.
M Dong, JW van Prooijen, S Wu & PAM van Lange (2021) Culture, Status, and Hypocrisy: High-Status People Who Don’t Practice What They Preach Are Viewed as Worse in the United States Than China. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550621990451
X Du, M Dong, D Gu, Z Xin, J Jiang & Y Sun (2020) Difficult name, cold man: Chinese names, gender stereotypicality and trustworthiness. International Journal of Psychology
M Dong (2020) Being good to look good: Moral character is positively associated with hypocrisy among reputation-seeking individuals.
M Dong, G Spadaro, S Yuan, Y Song, Z Ye & X Ren (2020) Self-interest bias in the COVID-19 pandemic: Own self-serving behaviors are judged more leniently than others' in the US but not China.
M Dong, JW van Prooijen & PAM van Lange (2019) Self-enhancement in moral hypocrisy: Moral superiority and moral identity are about better appearances. PloS one 14 (7), e0219382
M Dong, JW Van Prooijen, S Wu, Y Zhang & S Jin (2019) Prosocial attitudes toward money from terror management perspective: Death transcendence through spirituality. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 29 (1), 1-17
PAM Van Lange, Z Manesi, RWJ Meershoek, M Yuan, M Dong & ... (2018) Do male and female soccer players differ in helping? A study on prosocial behavior among young players. PloS one 13 (12), e0209168
M Dong, S Wu, Y Zhu, S Jin & Y Zhang (2017) Secular Examination of Spirituality-Prosociality Association. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 39 (1), 61-81
M DONG, S WU, Y ZHU, Y GUO & S JIN (2015) Religion and prosocial behavior. Advances in Psychological Science (Chinese) 23 (6), 1095-1108
杨慧芳, 郑希付 & 俄小天董梦晨 (2015) 负性情绪对不同视野条件下工作记忆的影响. 现代生物医学进展 15 (23), 4569
金盛华, 董梦晨 & 吴嵩朱一杰 (2015) 青少年社会支持对网络社交偏好的影响: 自我概念的中介作用. 心理学探新 35 (4), 367-371
董梦晨, 吴嵩, 朱一杰 & 郭亚飞金盛华 (2015) 宗教信仰对亲社会行为的影响. 心理科学进展 23 (6), 1095–1108
杨慧芳, 党晓姣, 黄珊珊, 窦伟伟 & 董梦晨郑希付 (2013) 创伤个体注意控制、焦虑及情绪对闯入记忆的影响. 心理科学 36 (1), 224-228
H Yang, M Dong, S Chen & X Zheng (2012) The effect of early attention allocation on location-based attention toward a later threat: an ERP study. Neuroscience letters 523 (1), 62-66

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