PhD student

Ruddy Faure

PhD student

Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 6585
Room: MF-B-557

Ph.D. Project

Currently, I am doing my Ph.D. at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, under Francesca Righetti, Wilhelm Hofmann (University of Cologne, Germany) and Paul van Lange’s supervision. Supported by the Open Research Area (ORA), my thesis focuses on implicit partner evaluations in close relationships (i.e., the spontaneous affective reactions that individuals have toward their partner). More especially, gathering social cognition and interpersonal processes fields, this project aims to investigate which relationship dynamics are likely to influence implicit evaluations of one’s partner, and how these implicit evaluations can in turn shape both the individual and the romantic relationship well-being over time. Indeed, as partners are extremely committed to their couple, recent studies have shown that such implicit partner evaluations predict later relationship satisfaction and stability, above and beyond explicit self-report measures. By identifying the role of potential individual and situational moderators, the divergence among explicit and implicit partner evaluations, as well as the specific mechanisms underlying the links between these evaluations and their consequences on romantic relationships, we target at contributing to both theoretical, methodological and practical aspects.


Before starting my Ph.D. project, I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Psychological Sciences at the University of Poitiers (France), which has sharply developed my interest in experimental research. Willing to discover new research perspectives, I graduated from the Master 1 in Psychological Sciences at the University of Poitiers, notably by studying 10 months at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) as an Erasmus exchange student. Then, I obtained my Master 2 “Psychological Sciences: Researches & Applications” and benefited from the valuable experiences in research with several internships and research assistant positions in renowned French CNRS laboratories (CeRCA – University of Poitiers; LAPSCO – University of Clermont-Ferrand). During my two Master years, I carried out two Master Theses related to the implicit social cognition field perspective, under the supervision of Dr. Armand Chatard. By doing so, and ever since being introduced to this research field, I have been fascinated by investigating how subtle cues from our direct environment can shape our perceptions and behaviors, beyond our conscious awareness. This interest drove me to study implicit measures applied to specific topics (e.g. gender stereotypes, nationalism, prejudice and discrimination toward minority groups) and situations (e.g. close relationships) skewed by both individual introspection, motivation and social desirability. Notably, during my PhD program, I have been visiting Dr. Jim McNulty’s lab for four months at Florida State University (USA).

Research interests

  • Implicit Social Cognition
  • Dual Processes
  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Intergroup Processes
  • Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Implicit Measures
  • Open Science
  • Research Methods


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Recent publications

T Ji, JM Tybur, M Kandrik, R Faure & M van Vugt (2019) Women's implicit bias against threatening male faces: The role of emotion, hormones, and group membership. Hormones and behavior 115, 104548
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), 1731-1741

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