Below you can find some examples of projects we have been involved in.
We have conducted empirical studies examining psychological mechanisms involved in societal issues and have written empirical articles and practitioner-oriented research reports. Examples are:
- We do research and write about the question why people may distrust science. For more information click here.
- We wrote practitioner-oriented articles describing theoretically-grounded approaches to using emotions in behavioral influence, for instance in the context of conflict management (Forum voor Conflictmanagement), coaching (Tijdschrift voor Coaching), and social influence more broadly (De Psycholoog).
- We have conducted studies on radicalisation to answer the question why individuals join extremist groups. For example, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment we have conducted a study on trigger factors. For more information and to read the report “Triggerfactoren in het radicaliseringsproces” click here. We have also conducted a study on the underlying psychological processes that play a role in radicalisation, this resulted in an academic publication.
- We summarized our research findings on risk communication in a blog post for the What Works Centres of the UK Cabinet Office. To read the blog post click here.
We have conducted evaluation studies to examine effectiveness of interventions. Examples are:
- A study on the effectiveness of a resilience training that empowers Dutch youth, (academic publication).
- A study on effectiveness of an exhibition to teach youngsters about democracy (with the Stichting Vredeseducatie), resulting in an academic publication.
We have given talks and participated in expert meetings on a variety of behavioral issues. Examples are:
- We contribute social-psychological knowledge to the vaccination alliance, which is led by the Dutch state secretary of health, welfare and sport. For more information click here.
- We participated in an expert meeting with the Mayor of Amsterdam on street harassment and violations.
- We participated in an expert meeting with the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Justice on peer pressure.
- We consulted the International Theater Amsterdam on power dynamics.
- We summarized do’s and don’ts of risk communication in a blog post for the What Works Centres of the UK Cabinet Office. To read the blog post click here.