Ruddy Faure


Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 6585
Room: MF-B557


Ever since being introduced to psychological sciences, I have developed a strong interest for research in social psychology. In particular, I am especially interested in understanding how contextual features can automatically (i.e., effortlessly and without awareness) influence the way people perceive and evaluate their environment and, in turn, how such attitudes can automatically shape their behaviors and relationships with others. After a Bachelor Degree in Psychological Sciences (2013), I completed a Master “Psychological Sciences: Research & Application” (2016) at the University of Poitiers (France), including several internships and research assistant positions in CNRS research laboratories (CeRCA – University of Poitiers; LAPSCO – University of Clermont-Ferrand). During my training, I have studied how subtle cues from people’s environment (i.e., gendered colors and national symbols, respectively) can influence their perceptions and behaviors in ways that maintain current societal issues (i.e., implicit gender stereotypes and implicit prejudice toward stigmatized minority groups, respectively). In 2016, I started a PhD project at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (funded by an ORA Grant) under the joint supervision of Dr. Francesca Righetti, Prof. Wilhelm Hofmann, and Prof. Paul Van Lange. In this project, I have integrated perspective from relationship science and implicit social cognition to examine how implicit partner evaluations (i.e., the evaluative associations, or gut feelings, that people have toward their romantic partner) form in daily life, whether and why they differ from more explicit partner evaluations (i.e., ideas that come to mind after some time of deliberation), and how they predict behavioral processes that are critical to both personal and relational well-being. Furthermore, during my PhD program, I have acquired two travel grants to visit Prof. Jim McNulty’s lab for four months at Florida State University (USA) and examine the consequences of implicit ambivalence (i.e., when people hold both positive and negative evaluative associations toward their partner) for relationship success. Altogether, such learning experiences provided me with the opportunity to acquire novel knowledge and skills that are essential to perform research that is both of theoretical interest for social psychology and of practical relevance for society.

Postdoc Project

As of April 2020, I started a Postdoctoral project under Dr. Francesca Righetti’s supervision. The goal of the project is to further investigate the how implicit and explicit measures of partner evaluations fluctuate over time as well as to examine the consequences of implicit-explicit discrepancies in partner evaluations for relationships.

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

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), 335
R Faure, JK McNulty, LL Hicks & F Righetti (2020) The case for studying implicit social cognition in close relationships. Social Cognition 38 (Supplement), s98-s114
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), 19061-19071
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
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 Psychology
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
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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