Xiaoyue Tan


Phone: +31 (0) 20 598 82208
Room: MF-B-555


I am a postdoctoral researcher in Social Psychology at VU University Amsterdam. I defended my PhD dissertation on ‘The Psychology of Loss Management’ in Octorber 2019. This PhD project was supervised by Prof. Dr. Paul van Lange, Prof. Dr. Ilja van Beest and Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen. The present postdoctoral project is a continutation of my PhD project.

Before joining VU University Amsterdam in 2014, I finished a Master degree in Social Psychology at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Science by a ‘Orange Tulip Scholarship’ from Neso China in 2012.

Research interests

Why do people take costly risks or rely on superstition in the context of losses? My general research interest is in understanding people’s palliative behaviors, including costly risk-taking and believing in superstition, as loss-coping mechanisms. My scientific curiosity further extends to religion, meaning maintenance and social influence in general.



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Recent publications

X Tan, JW Van Prooijen, T Proulx, H Wu, I Van Beest & PAM Van Lange (2017) Reacting to unexpected losses in an uncertain world: High approach individuals become even more risk-seeking. Personality and Individual Differences 109, 117-123
X Tan, JW Van Prooijen & PAM van Lange (2016) The Effects of Performing Rituals on Perceived Future Benefits Following Negative Outcomes versus Non-negative Outcomes. International Journal of Psychology, 970-970
X Tan, JWV Prooijen & PAMV Lange (2016) The Sense of Nonsense: Benefits of Superstitious Rituals in Response to Adversity. SPSP2016
徐建平, 谭小月, 武琳, 马利文 (2015) 优秀教师的胜任特征--来自文献与调查的证据分析. 当代教师教育, 13-17
孟莉, 刘岩, 谭小月 (2015) 优秀教师评价学生学业的策略与技巧. 当代教师教育, 23-27, 65
孟莉, 谭小月, 祖家瑞 (2015) 优秀教师教学过程中良好课堂氛围的营造. 教师教育论坛, 73-77
徐建平, 谭小月, 武琳, 杨敏, 谭书弋 (2011) 优秀中小学教师胜任特征分析. 教育學報 7 (1), 48-53
谭小月, 徐建平 (2009) 优秀中小学教师胜任特征传记分析研究. 第十二届全国心理学学术大会论文摘要集
徐建平, 武琳, 谭小月, 杨敏 (2009) 硕士研究生人学心理学专业基础综合全国统考试题等值研究. 第十二届全国心理学学术大会论文摘要集

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