Gert-Jan Lelieveld, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Interpersonal effects of emotions
  • Negotiation
  • Social Exclusion
  • fMRI
  • Economic decision-making

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6615
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 2A35
Personal Homepage:​psychologie/​organisatie/​sociaalorganisatie/​medewerkers/​lelieveld.html

Gert-Jan Lelieveld graduated (cum laude) as a Research Master in Social and Organizational Psychology at Leiden University in 2008. After that, he started his PhD in Leiden where he investigated the interpersonal effects of emotions (specifically anger and disappointment) in negotiations. On January 29th, 2013, he succesfully defended his dissertation. Currently, he is working as an assistant professor at the department of Social and Organizational Psychology in Leiden.


His current research focuses on the interpersonal effects of emotions. He focuses mainly on the two negative emotions anger and disappointment and shows that in certain situations it is better to communicate anger and in other situations it is better to communicate disappointment.   Besides his research on the interpersonal effects of emotions, he also investigates the effects of social exclusion. He does not only focus on factors that influence the experience of social exclusion, but also factors that influence people’s decision to exclude others (or not).   Besides these two main lines of research, he also investigates deception and lying, mimicry, and moral behavior. His research also fits perfectly within the area of social neuroscience. He does not only use behavioral measures to answer his social psychological questions, but also physiological measures such as fMRI. He thus publishes in social psychological journals as well as social neuroscience journals.


  • Thesis Supervision (Master Program S&O and ECP)
  • Tutoraat Academische Vaardigheden (1st year undergraduate)
  • Groupdynamics (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Bachelor thesis supervision (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Emotions and (ir) Rationality (Master Program ECP)
  • Cooperation and Conflict (2nd en 3rd year undergraduate)
  • Judgement and Influence (2nd en 3rd year undergraduate)
  • Coordinator colloquia

International Publications

  • Nohlen, H.U., Van Harreveld, F., Rotteveel, M., Lelieveld, G.-J., & Crone, E.A. (2014). Evaluating ambivalence: Social-cognitive and affective brain regions associated with ambivalent decision-making. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 924-931.
  • Klapwijk, E. T., Peters, S., Vermeiren, R. J. J. M., & Lelieveld, G. -J. (2013). Emotional reactions of peers influence Dictator Game decisions in adolescence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:745.
  • Scheepers, D., Derks, B., Nieuwenhuis, S., Lelieveld, G. -J., Van Nunspeet, F., Rombouts, S. A. R. B., & De Rover, M. (2013). The neural correlates of in-group and self-face perception: Is there overlap for high identifiers? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:528.
  • Lelieveld, G. -J., Van Dijk, E., Van Beest, I., & Van Kleef, G. A. (2013). Does communicating disappointment in negotiations help or hurt? Solving an apparent inconsistency in the social-functional approach to emotions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 605-620.  
  • Lelieveld, G. -J., Van Dijk, E., Güroğlu, B., Van Beest, I., Van Kleef, G. A., Rombouts, S. A. R. B., & Crone, E. A. (2013). Neural reactions to emotions of others in the distribution of resources. Social Neuroscience, 8, 52-62.
  • Lelieveld, G. -J., Gunther Moor, B., Crone, E. A., Karremans, J. K., & Van Beest, I. (2013). A penny for your pain? The financial compensation of social pain after exclusion. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 206-214.          
  • Lelieveld, G. -J., Van Dijk, E., Van Beest, I., & Van Kleef, G. A. (2012). Why anger and disappointment affect other’s bargaining behavior differently: The moderating role of power and the mediating role of reciprocal and complementary emotions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1209-1221.
  • Lelieveld, G. -J., Van Dijk, E., Van Beest, I., Steinel, W., & Van Kleef, G. A. (2011). Disappointed in you, angry about your offer: Distinct negative emotions induce concessions via different mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 635-641.    

Grants and awards

  • PhD student Best Paper Award from the Institute of Psychology of Leiden University. € 500,- (2012)
  • NVP travel award from the Dutch Society for Psychonomics. € 1000,- (2012)
  • Travel grant from the European Association for Social Psychology. € 800,- (2012)
  • Leiden University fund (LUF) grant. € 690,45 (2010)
  • ASPO Jaarboekprijs: Best Paper Award from the Association for Social Psychological Research. € 500,- (2009)
  • Van de Geer Award for best Master’s thesis of the Institute of Psychology. € 500,- (2008)

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Last Modified: 14-01-2016