Current and Past Projects

Current Projects

Situational Interdependence in Daily Life
Collaborators: Daniel Balliet, Francesca Righetti, Catherine Molho

This project aims to map out the day-to-day experience of interdependence across situations by studying romantic couples. It serves to identify patterns of interdependence as experience in daily life and to elucidate cues associated with these patterns. Another aspect is to test various hypotheses about interdependence in close relationships.

Cooperation in Social and Non-social Asymmetric Intergroup Conflict
Collaborators: Carsten de Dreu, Daniel Balliet

Expanding on our previous work on asymmetric intergroup conflict, here we investigate to what extent asymmetries in cooperation are specific to intergroup conflict, and what proximal mechanisms give rise to this asymmetry.

Pipeline Project 2
Collaborators: Florian Wanders, Onur Şahin

I will be running a replication as part of Pipeline Project 2; topic t.b.a.


Past Projects

In-group Favouritism in Talent Attribution
Collaborators: Noah Millman and others | 2015-2016

In-group favouritism is pervasive across various domains. Here we investigated whether individuals are biased in their evaluation of context-relevant and -irrelevant traits, especially focusing on attributions of talent.

In-Group Defense, Out-Group Aggression, and Coordination Failures in Intergroup Conflict
Collaborators: Carsten de Dreu, Jörg Gross, Jonathan Krikeb, and others | 2014-2015

In this project, we investigated asymmetries in cooperation between out-group aggression aimed at expansion and appropriation and in-group defense aimed at survival and preservation of the status quo. Through experiments and historical analyses, we showed that cooperation during defense is high and does not require encouragement, but fails during attacks. Out-group aggression, in contrast, fails without encouragement, but gains efficiency from coordinating leadership.

Leadership in Altruistic Punishment and Reward
Collaborators: Mark van Vugt, Thomas Pollet | 2013-2014

We studied the effects of voluntary leadership by example on punishment and reward in a social dilemma; as well as personality traits predicting voluntary leadership. Another project focused on reputational consequences of punishment and reward.

Citizen Journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Collaborators: Bruce Mutsvairo, Iris Leijendekker | 2011-2012

We studied the state of citizen journalism in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the interrelationship with traditional media channels and ethical aspects of a proposed networked public sphere in the African context.