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Lotte van Dillen

Associate Professor

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

I am an associate professor at the section of social 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. 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 (fail to) pick up on the emotions of others. 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.

More information about Lotte van Dillen

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.                                                                                                    


  • 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).

Other academic activities

Editor for Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology

Editorial board member for: Motivation Science; Cognition and Emotion; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology

Program committee member for the  APS annual convention


Relevant links



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 2A24



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