I studied psychology, economics, and biology at Amsterdam University College (BA Social Sciences, 2013) and methodology and statistics and organisational psychology at the University of Amsterdam (MSc Psychology, 2016), with short stints at Harvard (2011) and McGill (2012). Before that, I worked as a journalist in Berlin. From 2014 to 2016, I was core tutor at PPLE College, University of Amsterdam.
I joined the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab in 2016 to work with Daniel Balliet on interdependence and cooperation. My research is centered around people’s experience of interdependence: I seek to (a) map the patterns of interdependence people experience in daily life, (b) probe the mechanisms by which people infer outcome interdependence from cues in their social environment, and (c) test how this subjectively experienced interdependence shapes cooperative behavior.
I am interested in personality-situation interactions and transactions in prosocial behaviour: How personality shapes and interacts with situation characteristics to produce prosocial behaviour. In my studies, I use a variety of methods ncluding economic games, experience sampling, and meta-analysis. Finally, I am a strong proponent of open science and interested in projects that further replication, pre-registration, and better theorising in the behavioural sciences. In this spirit, I also serve as the Center for Open Science representative for the department.
|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), 716-742||24|
|S Columbus, F Gerpott & J Münich (2017) Playing a Different Game: Perceived Interdependence as a Mechanism Underlying Framing Effects on Cooperation in Social Dilemmas. PsyArXiv|
|CKW De Dreu, J Gross, Z Méder, M Giffin, E Prochazkova, J Krikeb & ... (2016) In-group defense, out-group aggression, and coordination failures in intergroup conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (38), 10524-10529||38|
|Open Science Collaboration (2015) Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science 349 (6251), aac4716||3491|
|B Mutsvairo, S Columbus & I Leijendekker (2014) Reconnoitering the role of (citizen) journalism ethics in the emerging networked public sphere. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies 35 (3), 4-22||6|
|S Columbus (2013) Leadership in Altruistic Punishment and Reward. Amsterdam University College|
|S Columbus (2013) Interpreting Economic Games. Advising on Research Methods: Selected topics 2013, 109-26|
|S Columbus (2013) Leadership in Altruistic Punishment and Reward. VSNU Student Research Conference, 157-160|
|S Columbus (2013) The Evolution of Altruistic Punishment. AUC Undergraduate Journal of Liberal Arts & Sciences 2, 36-43|
|B Mutsvairo & S Columbus (2012) Emerging patterns and trends in citizen journalism in Africa: The case of Zimbabwe. Central European Journal of Communications 5 (1), 123-137||16|
|B Mutsvairo, L Klamroth & S Columbus (2012) Rethinking Mass Communication Theories in the Internet Era. N. Ekekwe & N. Islam, Disruptive Technologies, Innovation and Global …|
|B Mutsvairo, S Columbus & I Leijendekker (2012) African Citizen Journalists' Ethics and the Emerging Networked Public Sphere. International Symposium on Online Journalism, Austin, TX||5|
|S Columbus (2012) Is the Mobile Phone a Disruptive Technology?: A Partial Review of Evidence from Developing Economies. N. Ekekwe & N. Islam, Disruptive Technologies, Innovation and Global …||3|
|S Columbus (2011) France to disconnect first Internet users under three strikes regime. OpenNet Initiative blog||2|
|S Columbus (2010) The New Casualties: Prisons and Persecution. Digital Activism Decoded: The New Mechanics of Change, 165-180||4|