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Lotte van Dillen

Associate Professor

L.F. van Dillen Ph.D.
+31 71 527 1362

Short CV

Lotte van Dillen obtained her Master’s degree in social psychology and in cognitive psychology 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, 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.                                                                                                    


Lotte is interested in the mutual relationship between attention and emotion, and how this influences decision-making. People's feelings color their thoughts, but their thoughts also control people's feelings. Lotte is interested in how these interactions play out in various domains, such as health, legal decision-making, and financial behaviour. Some of the questions that she studies are how attention influences reward sensitivity and hedonic consumption, how (and when) our feelings affect moral and punitive judgments, and under what conditions we (fail to) pick up on the emotions of others.

In her research she strives to integrate a broad array of methodologies ranging from controlled lab experiments with neurophysiological measures such as EEG, fMRI and facial EMG, to field studies with behavioral measures and self-reports. This approach allows her to examine the interplay between affective and cognitive systems in ‘fundamental’ information processing mechanisms such as attentional selection and (working) memory, and how these interactions ultimately result in real judgments, decisions and actions.



  • 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
  • Sociale en Organisatiepsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A35