Wilco van Dijk, PhD

Position:
  • Associate Professor
  • Board member of the Dutch Association of Social-Psychological Researchers (ASPO)
Expertise:
  • Emotions


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6844
E-Mail: dijkwvan@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 2A21


Dr. Wilco van Dijk is as of 1st September 2009 appointed as senior lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Institute of Psychology).

Background

Wilco van Dijk studied Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. He graduated in 1994 and completed his PhD at the same University in 1999 on his dissertation, titled Dashed hopes & shattered dreams: On the Psychology of disappointment. Afer his PhD he worked as a (senior) lecturer at the department of Social Psychology at the VU University Amsterdam.

Research

In his research Wilco van Dijk focuses on the influence of social psychological processes on emotions. He published on the emotions disappointment, regret, envy, schadenfreude, and the desire for vengeance. In 2014 he edited together with Jaap Ouwerkerk (VU University Amsterdam) a book on schadenfreude, titled Schadenfreude: Understanding pleasure at the misfortunes of others (Cambridge University Press). As of 2013 he is an associate editor for the scientific Journal Cognition and Emotion.

Wilco van Dijk and Jaap Ouwerkerk: Schadenfreude - Understanding Pleasure at the Misfortune of Others

When someone suffers a mishap, a setback or a downfall, we sometimes find ourselves experiencing schadenfreude - an emotion defined as deriving pleasure from another's misfortune. Schadenfreude is a common experience and an emotion which is seemingly inherent to social being. This book offers a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on schadenfreude from psychological, philosophical and other scientific perspectives. The chapters explore justice as an underlying motive for schadenfreude, and the role played by social comparison processes and envy in evoking pleasure at the misfortunes of others in interpersonal relations. Schadenfreude is also described as a common phenomenon in intergroup relations. This is a compelling volume on a fascinating subject matter that aims to increase our understanding of the nature of this emotion and the role it plays in social relations.


Publications

  • Seip, E.C., Van Dijk, W.W., & Rotteveel, M. (in press). Anger motivates costly punishment of unfair behavior. Motivation and Emotion.

  • van Leeuwen, E., van Dijk, W. W., & Kaynak, Ü. (2013). Of saints and sinners: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations16, 781-796.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Van Dillen, L. F., Seip, E. C., & Rotteveel, M. (2012). Emotional time travel: Emotion regulation and the overestimation of future anger and sadness. European Journal of Social Psychology,42, 308-313.

  • Stel, M., Van Dijk, E., Smith, P. K., Van Dijk, W. W., & Djalal, F. M. (2012). Lowering the pitch of your voice makes you feel more powerful and think more abstractly. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 497-502.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., Van Koningsbruggen, G. M., & Wesseling, Y. M. (2012). “So You Wanna be a Pop Star?” Schadenfreude Following Another’s Misfortune on TV. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 168-174.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., Van Koningsbruggen, G. M., & Wesseling, Y. M. (2011). Self-esteem, self-affirmation, and schadenfreude. Emotion, 11, 1445-1449.

  • Van Stekelenburg, J., Klandermans, B., & Van Dijk, W. W. (2011). Combining motivation and emotion: The motivational dynamics of protest participation. Revista de Psicologia Social, 26, 91-104.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., Wesseling, Y. M., & Van Koningsbruggen, G. M. (2011). Towards understanding pleasure at the misfortunes of others: The impact of self-evaluation threat on schadenfreude. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 360-368.

  • Van Stekelenburg, J., Klandermans, B., & Van Dijk, W. W. (2009). Context matters: Explaining how and why mobilizing context influences motivational dynamics. Journal of Social Issues, 65, 813-838.

  • Seip, E. C., Van Dijk, W. W., & Rotteveel, M. (2009). On hotheads and dirty harries: The primacy of anger in altruistic punishment. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167, 190-196.

  • Van Dijk, W. W. (2009). Affective forecasting and the impact bias in track athletics. Journal of Social Psychology, 149, 243-248.

  • Van Dijk, W. W. (2009). Envy. In H. T. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships (pp. 532-534). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Van Dijk, W. W. (2009). Disappointment. In K. Scherer & D. Sander (Eds.), Oxford companion to the affective sciences (pp. 121-122). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., & Goslinga, S. (2009). The impact of deservingness on schadenfreude and sympathy: Further evidence. Journal of Social Psychology, 149, 290-292.

  • Van Dijk, W. W. & Van Harreveld, F. (2008). Disappointment and regret. In N. M. Ashkanasy & C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Research companion to emotions in organizations (pp. 90-102). London: Edward Elgar Publishers.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Finkenauer, C., & Pollmann, M. (2008). The misprediction of emotions in track athletics: Is experience the teacher of all things? Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 369-376.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Goslinga, S., & Ouwerkerk, J. W. (2008). The impact of responsibility for a misfortune on schadenfreude and sympathy: Further evidence. Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 631-636.

  • Smith, P. K., Jostmann, N. B., Galinsky, A. D., & Van Dijk, W. W. (2008). Lacking power impairs executive functions. Psychological Science, 19, 441-447.

  • Pollmann, M., Finkenauer, C., & Van Dijk, W. W. (2008). The order effect in self-other predictions: Considering target as a moderator. European Journal of Social Psychology, 32, 315-332.

  • IJzerman, H., Van Dijk, W. W., & Gallucci, M. (2007). A bumpy train ride: A field experiment on insult, culture of honor, and emotional reactions. Emotion, 7, 869-875.

  • Finkenauer, C., Gallucci, M., Van Dijk, W. W., & Pollmann. M. (2007). Investigating the role of time in affective forecasting: temporal influences on forecasting accuracy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1152-1166.

  • Van Harreveld, F., Van der Pligt, J., Claassen, L., & Van Dijk, W. W. (2007). Inmate emotion coping and psychological and physical well-being: The use of crying over spilled milk. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34, 697-708.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., Goslinga, S., Nieweg, M., & Gallucci, M. (2006). When people fall from grace: Reconsidering the role of envy in Schadenfreude. Emotion, 6, 156-160.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., Goslinga, S., & Nieweg, M. (2005). Deservingness and Schadenfreude. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 933-939.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Danner, U. N., Nieweg, M., & Sumter, S. (2003). Positive-negative asymmetry in the evaluation of trivial stimuli. Journal of Social Psychology, 143, 783-784.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Zeelenberg, M., & Van der Pligt, J. (2003). Blessed are they who expect nothing: Lowering expectations as a way of avoiding disappointment. Journal of Economic Psychology. 24, 505-516.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., & Zeelenberg, M. (2002). Investigating the appraisal patterns of regret and disappointment. Motivation and Emotion, 24, 321-331.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., & Zeelenberg, M. (2002). What do we talk about when we talk about disappointment? Distinguishing outcome-related disappointment from person-related disappointment. Cognition and Emotion, 16, 787-807.

  • Zeelenberg, M., Van Dijk, W. W., & Manstead, A. S. R. (2000). “Regret and Responsibility Resolved? Evaluating Ordóñez and Connolly’s (2000) Conclusions”. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 81, 143-154.

  • Zeelenberg, M., Van Dijk, W. W., Manstead, A. S. R., & Van der Pligt, J. (2000). On bad decisions and disconfirmed expectancies: The psychology of regret and disappointment. Cognition and Emotion, 14, 521-541.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Van der Pligt, J., & Zeelenberg, M. (1999). Effort invested in vain: The impact of effort on the intensity of disappointment and regret. Motivation and Emotion, 23, 203-220.

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Zeelenberg, M., & Van der Pligt, J. (1999). Not having what you want versus having what you don't want. The impact of type of negative outcome on the experience of disappointment and related emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 13, 129-148.

  • Van der Pligt, J., Zeelenberg, M., Van Dijk, W. W., De Vries, N. K., & Richard, R. (1998). Affect, attitudes, and decisions: Let's be more specific. European Review of Social Psychology, 8, 33-66.

  • Zeelenberg, M., Van Dijk, W. W., & Manstead, A. S. R. (1998). Reconsidering the relation between regret and responsibility: On the measurement of regret. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 74, 254-272.

  • Zeelenberg, M., Van Dijk, W. W., Manstead, A. S. R., & Van der Pligt, J. (1998). The experience of regret and disappointment. Cognition and Emotion, 12, 221-230.

  • Zeelenberg, M., Van Dijk, W. W., Van der Pligt, J., Manstead, A. S. R., van Empelen, P., & Reinderman, D. (1998). Emotional reactions to outcomes of decisions: The role of counterfactual thought in the experience of regret and disappointment. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 75, 117-141.

  • Van Dijk, W.W., & Van der Pligt, J. (1997). The impact of probability and magnitude of outcome on disappointment and elation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 69, 277-284.

Membership in Professional Organizations

As of 2002 he is a board member opf the Dutch Association of Researchers on Social Psychology (ASPO).

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