I am a Junior Professor of Social and Economic Cognition, at the University of Cologne, where I am a member of the Center for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB). I am also a Research Fellow at the Mind and Society Center, at the University of Southern California. In the past, my work has been funded through a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.
My program of research can be divided into two themes. First, I examine the antecedents and consequences of ambivalence and evaluative conflict, such as perceptions of order and negative affect. Second, I investigate the influence of contextual factors on judgments, with an emphasis on perceptual and other bodily experiences, for instance in the domain of weight and spatial perception. In combining these two themes, I also research how contextual factors influence decision conflict and ambivalence. In this line of work I have for instance found that ambivalence and conflict are influenced by body movements and spatial distance. Building on a strong background in social cognition, I examine these research questions by using innovative experimental methods, while at the same time situating these experiments in ecologically valid contexts, such as real life choices and evaluations.
My work has been published in Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, among others. It has also has been featured in popular media outlets, including Slate Magazine, Mind Magazine (Dutch), and NRC Handelsblad (Dutch).
You can find out more about my work on this website, or via my Google Scholar profile here.
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