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Eric van Dijk

Professor of Psychology and Social Decision Making

Prof.dr. E. van Dijk
+31 71 527 3709

Short CV

Eric van Dijk is the chair of the Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology unit. His research concentrates on the understanding of economic and social decision making. He graduated in economics and in psychology at Groningen University, and then moved to Leiden to work on his dissertation on social dilemmas. In 1993 he completed his dissertation (cum laude). In 2002 he became professor, in 2010 he introduced the Master specialisation Economic and Consumer Psychology at Leiden University, and in 2020 he founded the Knowledge Centre Psychology and Economic Behaviour.


Recent publications

  • Simonse, O., Vanderveen, G. N. G., Van Dillen, L. F., Van Dijk, E., & Van Dijk, W. W. (in press). Social security or insecurity? The experience of welfare participation by financially vulnerable households in the Netherlands. Social Policy & Administration.

  • Dare, S. E., Van Dijk, W. W., Van Dijk, E., Van Dillen, L. F., Galluci, M., & Simonse, O. (in press). How executive functioning and financial self-efficacy predict subjective financial well-being via positive financial behaviors. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

  • Doolaard, F. T., Lelieveld, G.-J., Noordewier, M. K., Van Beest, I., & Van Dijk, E. (2022). How information on sexism may increase women’s perceptions of being excluded, threaten fundamental needs, and lower career motivation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 405-419.

  • Van Doesum, N. J., Van Lange, P. A. M., Tybur, J. M., Leal, A. L., & Van Dijk, E. (2002). People from lower social classes elicit greater prosociality; compassion and deservingness matter. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 25:4, 1064-1083.

  •  Lelieveld, G.-J., & Van Dijk, E. (2022). Emotions in bargaining. In Karagözoğlu, E. & Hyndman, K.B. (Eds.), Bargaining: Current research and future directions, pp. 433-454. Palgrave MacMillan, Cham.

  • Gummerum. M.,  López-Pérez, B.,  Van Dijk, E., & Van Dillen, L. F. (2022). Ire and punishment: Incidental anger and costly punishment in children, adolescents, and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 218: 105376.

  • Molenmaker, W., Lelieveld, G. J., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & Van Dijk, E. (2022). Applying a logic of appropriateness to understand behaviora differences  between common resource dilemmas and public good dilemmas. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 35: e2243.

  • Meral, E. O., Van Osch, Y., Ren, D., Van Dijk, E., & Van Beest, I. (2021). The anticipated social cost of sharing a rejection experience. European Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 1181-1197.

  • Stel.M., & Van Dijk, E. (2021). Response: Commentary: Distrust, false cues, and below-chance deception detection accuracy: Commentary on Stel et al. (2020) and further reflections on (un)conscious lie detection from the perspective of truth-default theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 12: 763218.

  • Schutter, M., Van Dijk, E., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & Van Dijk, W. W. (2021). The detrimental effects of no trust: Active decisions of no trust cause stronger affective and behavioral reactions than inactive decisions. Frontiers in Psychology, 12: 643174.

  • Wu, Y., Van Dijk, E., & Li, H. (2021). Acute stress amplifies experienced and anticipated regret in counterfactual decision-making. Stress, 24:4, 359-369.

  • Cramwinckel, F. M., Van den Bos, K., & Van Dijk, E. (2021). Evaluating others if they stand up for their moral convictions, and evaluating ourselves if we don't stand up. Social Justice Research, 34, 173-195.

  • Doolaard, F. T., Noordewier, M. K., Lelieveld, G.-J., Van Beest, I., & Van Dijk, E. (2021). Go on without me: When underperforming group members prefer to leave their group. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85: e104158.

  • Van Dijk, E., & De Dreu, C. K. W. (2021). Experimental games and social decision making. Annual Review of Psychology, 72, 415-438.



Professor of Psychology and Social Decision Making

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Soc., Econom. en Organisat Psych.

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A25



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