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Carsten de Dreu

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology

Prof.dr. C.K.W. de Dreu
+31 71 527 3706

Carsten K.W. De Dreu is full professor in Social and Organisational Psychology at Leiden University, Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and affiliated with the Center for Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making at the University of Amsterdam.

More information about Carsten de Dreu

Short CV

Carsten de Dreu obtained his PhD (1993; cum laude) from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. As post-doctoral fellow supported by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (1994 – 1999), he worked at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University. From 1998 – 2015, De Dreu was full professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam.


Carsten de Dreu is fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science. In 2012 he was elected into the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. He is a former president of the International Association for Conflict Management (2001), and the European Association for Social Psychology (2008-2011).


For his work he received several awards, including most influential article awards from the Academy of Management (2009, 2010), the William Owens Scholarly Achievement Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2014), the Kurt Lewin Medal from the European Association of Social Psychology (2014), and the KNAW-Hendrik Muller Award (2015).


His scientific research and teaching focuses on the neurobiological and psychological underpinnings of creativity and innovation, cooperative decision-making, and the regulation of conflict within and between groups.

Key publications

  • Giacomantonio, M., Ten Velden, F.S. & De Dreu, C.K.W. (2016). Framing effortful strategies as easy enables depleted individuals to execute complex tasks effectively. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 62, 68-74.
  • De Dreu, C.K.W. & Kret, M.E. (2016). Oxytocin conditions intergroup relations through upregulated in-group empathy, cooperation, conformity, and defense. Biological Psychiatry79, 165-173.
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Ancillary Activities

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Sociale en Organisatiepsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A31



  • In eigen beheer lezingen en/of workshops geven op het expertisegebied onderhandelen en creativiteit

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