dr. J. (Jens) Lange

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group Social Psychology
  • Visiting address
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Room number: G2.28
  • Postal address:
  • j.lange2@uva.nl

Short Biography

Jens Lange studied psychology at the University of Potsdam. During this time, he also passed internships at the University of Lausanne and the Radboud University Nijmegen. He completed his studies in 2012. Afterwards, he started his PhD in social psychology at the University of Cologne, which he finished in 2016. Moreover, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he spent three months at the University of British Columbia. Currently, he is working as a PostDoc in the social psychology group at the University of Amsterdam with the help of a research stipend granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Research Interests

- social emotions (e.g., envy, pride, schadenfreude, anger, contempt)

- functional approaches to emotions

- measurement of emotions

- social comparison



- OSF profile

- Google Scholar profile

- BeMaS | Dispositional Benign and Malicious Envy Scale & Translations

- PaDE Scale | State Envy Scale (Pain, Benign Envy, Malicious Envy) & Translations


  • Crusius, J., & Lange, J. (2014). What catches the envious eye? How malicious and benign envy bias attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.05.007
  • Lange, J., & Krahé, B. (2014). The effects of information form and domain-specific knowledge on choice deferral. Journal of Economic Psychology, 43, 92–104. doi:10.1016/j.joep.2014.05.001
  • Lange, J., & Crusius, J. (2015). The tango of two deadly sins: The social-functional relation of envy and pride. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 453-472. doi:10.1037/pspi0000026  [open data and materials]
  • Lange, J., & Crusius, J. (2015). Dispositional envy revisited: Unraveling the motivational dynamics of benign and malicious envy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 284-294. doi:10.1177/0146167214564959  [open data and materials] [BeMaS Scale]
  • Crusius, J., & Lange, J. (2015). Envy. In M. Altman (Ed.), Real world decision making: An encyclopaedia of behavioral economics (pp. 122-123). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.
  • Lange*, J., Crusius*, J., & Hagemeyer, B. (2016). The Evil Queen's dilemma: Linking narcissistic admiration and rivalry to benign and malicious envy. European Journal of Personality, 30, 168-188. doi:10.1002/per.2047  [supplement]  [open data and materials]  * shared first authorship
  • Crusius*, J., & Lange*, J. (2017). How do people respond to threatened social status? Moderators of benign versus malicious envy. In R. H. Smith, U. Merlone, & M. K. Duffy (Eds.), Envy at work and in organizations (pp. 85–110). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  * shared first authorship
  • Lange, J., Weidman, A. C., & Crusius, J. (2018). The painful duality of envy: Evidence for an integrative theory and a meta-analysis on the relation of envy and schadenfreude. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 572-598. doi:10.1037/pspi0000118  [open data and materials] [preprint] [PaDE State Envy Scale]
  • Lange, J., Blatz, L., & Crusius, J. (2018). Dispositional envy: A conceptual review. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of personality and individual differences: Applications of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 424-440). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Lange, J., Paulhus, D. L., & Crusius, J. (2018). Elucidating the dark side of envy: Distinctive links of benign and malicious envy with dark personalities. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 601-614. doi:10.1177/0146167217746340 [open data and materials] [preprint]
  • Van der Wal*, R. C., Sutton*, R. M., Lange, J., & Braga, J. P. N. (2018). Suspicious binds: Conspiracy thinking and tenuous perceptions of causal connections between co-occurring and spuriously correlated events. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 970-989. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2507 [open access article] [open data and material]
    *shared first authorship
  • Imhoff, R., Lange, J., & Germar, M. (in press). Identification and location tasks rely on different mental processes: A diffusion model account of validity effects in spatial cueing paradigms with emotional stimuli. Cognition & Emotion. [open data and materials]
  • Lange*, J., & Boecker*, L. (in press). Schadenfreude as social-functional dominance regulator. Emotion. [open data and material] [preprint] * shared first authorship
  • Lange, J., Reford, L., & Crusius, J. (in press). A status-seeking account of psychological entitlement. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. [open data and material] [preprint]

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