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Ms S. (Suzanne) Hoogeveen MA

Chair / Social Psychology

After an interesting research internship on the fascinating ‘power of belief’, I was intrigued by the phenomenon of beliefs, religiosity and spirituality. My PhD under supervision of Prof. Dr. Eric-Jan Wagenmakers and Dr. Michiel van Elk  involves the Religious Replication Project, in which we investigate the psychological mechanisms related to supernatural beliefs. We focus on reassessing existing research, addressing new questions and applying Bayesian statistics to shed light on the validity of prevailing theories in the cognitive science of religion. Using cross-cultural multilab studies, direct replications, and preregistration, the aim is to give a strong theoretical as well as a methodological impetus to the field.

Mr S.B. (Sascha) Duken MSc

Clinical Psychology

 I started my studies in Vienna (Austria), where I received a BSc in Psychology and a BA in Romance studies. For my Master’s studies I came to the Netherlands, where I completed the Research Master’s programme in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Clinical Psychology and Social Psychology. In my PhD project, I investigate how emotional memories can change or distort over time, using experimental designs and psychophysiological measures.
Our personal memories define who we are, they change the way we feel in the present, and they guide our behaviour in the future. Consequently, when memory processes become distorted, they can play an important role in psychopathology. While we know that memories can change, we know little about the circumstances under which such changes occur. When and how do memories become distorted? When can the quality or content of our memories change? How can memories become excessively negative over time and what can we do to reduce the emotionality of such negative memories? In my research, I aim to find answers to these questions, together with my supervisors Vanessa van Ast and Merel Kindt.

Mr F. (Fabian) Dablander

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Psychological Methods

I began my academic journey in Graz, Austria, where I studied Psychology and Philosophy. Dissatisfied with both, I looked for a more formal way to study the human mind and behaviour, and ended up in Tübingen, Germany, pursuing a Masters degree in Cognitive Science. For my thesis, I stepped out the ivory tower academia can sometimes be and worked with Mercedes-Benz on evaluating models of artificial drivers in their driving simulation. While that was fun, academia is fun too, and so I recently started a PhD here at the Department of Psychological Methods. I'm working on various projects related to Bayesian inference and Bayes factors, but also study graphical models and causal inference. Besides academic things, I'm thinking about how we can use quantitative skills for the social good, and I'm excited to establish initiatives in that sector. You can find me on Twitter @fdabl.

Ms M.S.M. (Maien) Sachisthal MSc

Developmental Psychology

After the Research Master Psychology here at the University of Amsterdam I started my PhD in Work & Organizational Psychology. Together with Astrid Homan, Annelies van Vianen, and Gerben van Kleef I investigate violations of social norms. More specifically, my project aims to answer the question of when and why people who violate social norms rise to power—and when they fall from grace. I also teach methodology and statistics classes and hope to share my enthusiasm for this subjects with my students.

Mr D.T. (David) Schultner

Social Psychology

I am broadly interested in fairness, cooperation and interpersonal judgment. 

For my doctoral project, carried out at UvA and at NYU, I work with Prof. David Amodio on explaining the mechanisms of stereotypes. I investigate how explicit information about a social group influences the way we learn about its members in the future. Furthermore, I conduct research on the impact of economic competition on stereotypes. In times of economic recession, minority group members experience disproportionate disadvantages. While structural inequalities in the labor market are important, psychological factors play a role as well, perhaps by drawing our attention to threatening cues.

I investigate questions like these using behavioral experiments, neuroimaging and computational models, a multitude of methods I have found useful during my previous work with Dr. Wouter van den Bos at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development  in Berlin. I am also interested in issues in neuroeconomics & behavioral economics.

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