Erik de Kwaadsteniet, PhD

Position:
  • Assistant Professor
Expertise:
  • Social dilemmas
  • Tacit coordination


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4109
E-Mail: kwaadsteniet@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Sociale en Organisatiepsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A33
Personal Homepage: www.fsw.leidenuniv.nl/​psychologie/​organisatie/​kwaadstenietde.jsp


In 2002, Erik de Kwaadsteniet earned his Master’s degree in Social and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht university. In that same year, he started as a PhD candidate at Leiden University. For his dissertation, supervised by Eric van Dijk, Arjaan Wit and David De Cremer, he conducted research on the effects of uncertainty in social dilemmas. In October 2007, he successfully defended his thesis. Since then, he has been working as an Assistant Professor at Social and Organizational Psychology, conducting research on social dilemmas and tacit coordination.  

Research

Tacit coordination

In 2005, Thomas Schelling received the Nobel Prize in Economics. He received this prize partly for his research on tacit coordination, the idea that people can often effectively coordinate their decisions even in the absence of communication. To give a simple example: Imagine that you lost your best friend somewhere in Amsterdam (and you left your mobile phone at home). What would you do to find your friend back? In my research, I focus on the psychological processes that underlie tacit coordination.

Social dilemmas

Social dilemmas are situations in which people experience a conflict between their own self-interest and the interest of the group to which they belong. In such situations, people thus have to choose between being selfish (choosing for themselves) and being cooperative (choosing for their group). A real-life example of a social dilemma is the problem of over-fishing. Whereas individual fishermen might be tempted to further their self-interest by fishing as much fish as they can, the collective interest is jeopardized when all fishermen decide to do so (because then the fish population becomes depleted). In my research, I currently focus on the influence of risk in social dilemmas.

Teaching

  • Thesis Supervision (Master SOP & ECP)
  • Conflict en Coöperatie (Bachelor Psychology)
  • Beoordeling en Beinvloeding (Bachelor Psychology)
  • The Psychology of Selling and Advertising (Master ECP)

Publications

International Journal Articles

  • Van Dijk, E., Molenmaker, W.E., & De Kwaadsteniet, E.W. (in press). Promoting cooperation in social dilemmas: the use of sanctions. Current Opinion in Psychology.
  • Van Dijk, E., Mulder, L. B., & De Kwaadsteniet, E. W. (in press). For the common good? The use of sanctions in social dilemmas. In: P. A. M. Van Lange, B. Rockenbach, & T. Yamagishi (Eds.), Social Dilemmas: New Perspectives on Reward and Punishment.
  • Colzato, L. S., Steenbergen, L., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Sellaro, R., & Hommel, B. (2013). Tryptophan promotes interpersonal trust. Psychological Science, 24, 2575-2577.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Rijkhoff, S. A. M., & Van Dijk, E. (2013). Equality as a benchmark for punishment and reward: The moderating role of uncertainty in social dilemmas. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 120, 251-259.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Homan, A. C., Van Dijk, E., & Van Beest, I. (2012). Social information as a cue for tacit coordination. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 257-272.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & Van Dijk, E. (2012). A social-psychological perspective on tacit coordination: How it works, when it works, (and when it does not). European Review of Social Psychology, 23, 187-223.
  • Van Dijk, E., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & Koning, L. F. (2011). About behaving (un)ethically: Self-interest, deception, and fairness. In D. De Cremer, & A. E. Tenbrunsel (Eds.), Behavioral business ethics: Shaping an emerging field (pp. 105-121). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & Van Dijk, E. (2010). Social status as a cue for tacit coordination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 515-524.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Van Dijk, E., Wit, A., & De Cremer, D. (2010). Anger and retribution after collective overuse: The role of blaming and environmental uncertainty in social dilemmas. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 , 59-70.
  • Van Dijk, E., Wit, A. P., Wilke, H. A. M., & De Kwaadsteniet, E. W. (2010). On the importance of equality in social dilemmas. In R. M. Kramer, M. H. Bazerman, & A. E. Tenbrunsel (Eds.), Social decision making: Social dilemmas, social values, and ethical judgments (pp. 47-70). New York, NY: Psychology Press.
  • Van Dijk, E., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & De Cremer, D. (2009). Tacit coordination in social dilemmas: The importance of having a common understanding. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96 , 665-678.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Van Dijk, E., Wit, A., & De Cremer, D. (2008). “How many of us are there?”: Group size uncertainty and social value orientations in common resource dilemmas. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 11, 387-400.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Van Dijk, E., Wit, A., & De Cremer, D., & De Rooij, M. (2007). Justifying decisions in social dilemmas: Justification pressures and tacit coordination under environmental uncertainty. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1648-1660.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Van Dijk, E., Wit, A., & De Cremer, D. (2006). Social dilemmas as strong versus weak situations: Social value orientations and tacit coordination under resource size uncertainty. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 509-516.
  • Lodewijkx, H. F. M., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & Nijstad, B. A. (2005). That could be me (or not): Senseless violence and the role of deservingness, victim ethnicity, person identification, and position identification. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 1361-1383.
  Dutch Journal Articles 
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Van Dijk, E., Wit, A., & De Cremer, D. (2006). Het verantwoorden van beslissingen in sociale dilemma's: Effecten van brongrootte-onzekerheid en verantwoordingsplicht [Justifying decisions in social dilemmas: Effects of resource size uncertainty and accountability] . In R. W. Holland, J. Ouwerkerk, C. van Laar, R. Ruiter, & J. Ham (Eds.), Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2005 (pp. 291-299), Groningen: ASPO PERS.
  • De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Van Dijk, E., Wit, A., & De Cremer, D. (2005). Sociale dilemma’s als sterke versus zwakke situaties: Effecten van sociale-waarde-oriëntaties en omgevings-onzekerheid [Social dilemmas as strong versus weak situations: Effects of social value orientations and environmental uncertainty]. In E. Gordijn, R. W. Holland, A. Meijnders, & J. Ouwerkerk (Eds.), Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2004 (pp. 219-226), Groningen: ASPO PERS.
  • Lodewijkx, H. F. M., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., Van Zomeren, M., & Petterson, R. (2005). Zinloos geweld en reacties op onrechtvaardigheid: De bescherming van een rechtvaardige wereld [Senseless violence and reactions to injustice: The protection of a just world]. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Psychologie, 60, 88-106.
  • Van Sandijk, M., De Kwaadsteniet, E. W., & Van Dijk, E. (2008). Saillantie en stilzwijgende coördinatie [Salience and tacit coordination]. In J. Karremans, B. Beersma, R. Custers, F. van Harreveld, & W. van Rijswijk. Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2007 (pp. 301-310). Groningen: ASPO PERS.

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