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Principle Investigator

Daniel Balliet

My research focuses on understanding Human Cooperation. I apply experiments, field studies, and meta-analysis to test evolutionary and psychological theories of cooperation. My work addresses issues related to (a) how people think about their interdependence in social interactions, (b) how people condition their cooperation to acquire direct and indirect benefits, and (c) understanding cross-societal variation in cooperation. I founded the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab in 2015, and I am the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant.

 

 

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Post-Doc

Giuliana Spadaro

I am interested in conducting experimental research on prosocial and cooperative behavior. In particular, I focus on understanding the relation between institutions, trust, and cooperation among strangers. I am currently involved in the creation of a multi-disciplinary open access database that aims to capture the entire history of research on human cooperation, and I aim to apply meta-analytic methods on this rich data to contribute to the understanding of cooperation across the globe.

 

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Post-Doc

Isabel Thielmann

My main research interest is on the understanding of prosocial and ethical behaviors and individual differences therein. In my research, I mostly apply an experimental approach by combining and integrating methods from (economic) game theory, social psychology, and basic personality research. More recently, I have also started applying meta-analysis to gain a broader understanding of the personality traits driving the various prosocial behaviors in economic games.
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Phd Student

Catherine Molho

I am using social psychological and evolutionary perspectives to understand how cooperation can be promoted and sustained. My research focuses on (a)  how people think about their interdependence with others in real-life settings, (b) how power influences cooperation and strategies to promote cooperation (e.g., punishment and gossip), and (c) how emotional cues influence decisions in social dilemma situations.

 

 

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PhD Student       

Leonard (Stijn) Peperkoorn 

I consider my field of research, cooperation, a very important area of research as it has implications for policy makers and planners. As I learned more about social dilemma research from my colleagues, group size became my focus. Over the next four years as a PhD candidate, I will conduct new investigations on group size, work effectively with and learn from great minds within the social dilemma domain, and review the literature in meta-analytic studies.

 

 

Jan Pletzer
PhD Student

Jan Pletzer
Generally, I am interested in Social and Organizational Psychology. In my work I try to connect these two streams of research. My current research topics include:
(a) Expectations and Cooperation in Social Dilemmas, (b) Workplace Deviance and OCBs as Social Dilemmas, (c) Effects of Gender and Age on Organizational Behaviors

 

 

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PhD Student

Simon Columbus

I am broadly interested in the ultimate and proximal causes of cooperation and conflict, which I study through from an interdisciplinary perspective. My work focuses on a) “the games people play” in their daily lives, b) the mechanisms by which people infer outcome interdependence from cues in their social environment, and c) how this subjectively experienced interdependence shapes cooperative behavior.

 

 

 

Shuxian Jin
PhD Student

Shuxian Jin

My research interest focuses on social inequalities and sustainable cooperation to promote public goods. Recently, I’m going to start applying meta-analytic methods to understand how human cooperation can be influenced by inequality and uncertainty. I will also conduct empirical research to investigate who behaves more cooperatively under inequality (e.g., economic, power, status inequality).

 

 

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Mingliang Yuan

My research area is mainly about social class, reputation and prosocial behavior. In particular, I focus on reputation formation (i.e. when and why a prosocial actor can gain a good reputation). I am also interested in understanding the relation between social class and prosocial behavior.

FORMER PhD STUDENTS

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Post-Doc: Beijing Normal University

Junhui Wu

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Senior Research Fellow: Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Angelo Romano

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COLLABORATORS

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Paul Van Lange

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Carsten De Dreu

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Toshio Yamagishi

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Assistant Professor

Francesca Righetti

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Associate Professor

Joshua Tybur

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Associate Professor

Flore Bridoux

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Assistant Professor

Fabiola Gerpott

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Brand & Crossmedia Scientist

Bela Rinderu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PhD Student: Tilburg University

Olmo van der Akker