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Lotte van Dillen

Associate Professor

Dr. L.F. van Dillen
+31 71 527 1362

I am an associate professor at the unit of Social, Economic and Organizational Psychology of Leiden University and a member of the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC).

I study the role of affect in decision-making. Our feelings color our thoughts, but our thoughts also shape our feelings. I examine how these interactions play out in various domains, such as health, legal decision-making, and financial behavior with the ultimate aim to improve decision-making in these areas. Some of the questions that I study are how attention influences desire and pleasure, and how this affects consumption, how (and when) our feelings shape moral and punitive judgments, and under what conditions we make suboptimal financial decisions. A lot of the work that I do builds on the central premise that our mental capacity is limited, and that this has consequences for what we perceive, feel and think.

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Short CV

Lotte van Dillen obtained her Master's degree in social psychology (cum laude) and in cognitive psychology (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam in 2004. From 2004 to 2008 she conducted her dissertation research at the ‘other’ university from Amsterdam: the VU University. At the end of 2008 she successfully defended her dissertation (cum laude), in which she examined the role of working memory in the experience of negative feelings. Since then, Lotte has worked as a post-doc at Utrecht University and New York University. She currently works at Leiden University as an associate professor.                                                                                                    


  • ‘Work hard, play hard. Neuropsychological correlates and behavioral implications of hedonic compensation’ (€553,254). With Prof. Wilhelm Hofmann (Co-PI) & Dr Henk van Steenbergen (Co-I). Open Research Area (ORA). September 2018
  • ‘Conditioning of insulin responses. A high risk – high gain intervention for diabetes type-2’ (€100,000). With Prof. Andrea Evers (PI), Prof. Hanno Pijl, Dr Judy Veldhuizen, & Drs Alexandrina Skvortsova. Diabetesfonds & ZonMW. July 2018
  • December 2017 'Verbeelding in de verhoorkamer.' [visualisations during interrogations]. Awarded by Politie en Wetenschap (€103,000). Together with Dr. Verhoeven and Dr. Vanderveen (Erasmus School of Law).
  • May 2014  ‘Aandacht voor smaak. De neuropsychologische mechanismen van smaakbeleving.’ [paying attention to taste. The neuropsychological mechanisms of taste perception.] Awarded by the Gratama Stichting (€24,680).
  • December 2013    Teacher of the year. Institute of psychology, Leiden University.
  • February 2012      ‘Ire and Punishment. The Role of Negative Emotions and Attentional Control in Children's, Adolescents' and Adults' Punishment.’ Together with Dr. Michaela Gummerum (Developmental Psychology, Plymouth University, UK) and Prof. dr. Eric van Dijk (Social and Organizational Psychology, Leiden University, the Netherlands). Awarded by the ERSC (Economic and Social research Counsil; £209,00).

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Associate professor

Associate Professor

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

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A24



  • Academie voor wetgeving teaching
  • Nationaal Instituut voor Budget Voorlichting (Nibud) wetenschappelijke begeleiding onderzoek

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