PhD defences 2014

PhD Defences Section Social and Organizational Psychology 2014

Hanneke Hendriks

On January 16th 2014 Hanneke Hendriks will defend her dissertation at the University of Amsterdam. The title of her dissertation is: Let's talk about alcohol: The role of interpersonal communication and health campaigns.

Inspired by the varying degrees of success of health campaigns, this dissertation shows that interpersonal communication plays a vital role for the prediction of health behaviors and health campaign effects.

Hanneke Hendriks works at the department of Social and Organisational Psychology  since August 1st 2013 as assistant professor.

Felice van Nunspeet

On May 27th 2014 Felice van Nunspeet will defend her dissertation at Leiden University.

The title of her dissertation is:


Neural correlates of the motivation to be moral

It is important for people to be moral. Nevertheless, they may sometimes commit immoral acts. In this dissertation, I examined when people tend to behave in ways that are considered moral; whether it is important for them to be perceived as moral by others; and how much they care whether or not they succeed in adhering to their moral values. Additionally, I used neuroscientific and psychophysiological research methods to gain insight in some of the cognitive and affective processes underlying people’s acts. Extending previous research the findings in this dissertation reveal not only that, but also when and how people behave according to their moral values.

Felice van Nunspeet is working at the Section of Social and Organizational Psychology as Post Doc.

Gerdien de Vries

On June 18th 2014 Gerdien de Vries will defend her dissertation at Leiden University.

The title of her dissertation is:

Pitfalls in the communication about CO2 capture and storage

One of the greatest environmental challenges the world is facing today is combating global warming. One of the solutions is the implementation of CO2 capture and storage (CCS). CCS is a controversial technology, and attitudes towards it are influenced by public communications.
In this dissertation, I identify pitfalls in the communication about CCS. I show that irrelevant details dilute the persuasiveness of a relevant message, that giving more weight to either advantages or disadvantages of CCS is perceived as manipulative—even as illegitimate when people expect informative communications—and that citing pro-environmental motives for corporate involvement with CCS can be perceived as greenwashing. Furthermore, I reveal psychological processes underlying these pitfalls. To avoid long-term negative perceptions, stakeholders with an interest in CCS can best take people’s source expectations into account and provide a relevant, balanced and credible message about the technology.

Said Shafa

On June 26th Said Shafa will defend his dissertation at Leiden University.

The title of his dissertation is:

In the eyes of others - The role of honor-concerns in explaining and preventing insult-elicited aggression

Although previous research has shown that people from honor cultures respond more aggressively after being insulted, little is known about why they respond more fiercely and how this response can be prevented or reduced. The discoveries made in the context of this dissertation paint a more balanced picture of the role of honor in conflict escalation and inform us on possible avenues of effective conflict intervention.

Said Shafa is working at the Section of Social and Organizational Psychology as Post Doc

Last Modified: 20-05-2014