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S.H. (Saara) Taavila

PhD candidate
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Social Psychology
Photographer: Saara Taavila

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
Postal address
  • Postbus 15900
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I am a PhD Candidate at the UvA, supervised by Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens and Dr. Nils Jostmann. I am researching topics on the social psychology of sustainability, specifically public perceptions of complexity in climate change mitigation. I am also interested in cognitive biases such as overconfidence, and working on a project to experimentally test the relationship between overconfidence and susceptibility to fake news.

    Prior to starting my PhD, I completed my Master’s in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I specialized in the topics of misinformation and political psychology, and my Bachelor’s in Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. 

    Research fields and expertise

    • Environmental psychology
    • Misinformation 
    • Cognitive biases
    • Political psychology

    Other links

    Psychology of science

  • Research

    Research methods

    • Experiments
    • Surveys

    Current research projects

    Informational complexity: does framing sustainability as a complex, nonlinear issue lead to increased avoidance of further sustainability information?


  • Teaching
    • BSc courses: Practical Training for Psychological Research, Motivation, Attitudes and Behavior Change
    • Supervision of theses (BSc/MSc)
  • Ancillary activities
    No ancillary activities