Lotte van Dillen, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Emotion
  • Self regulation
  • Morality
  • (Social) cognition
  • Attention
  • EMG, EEG, ERP, fMR
  • Eye tracking

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1362
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

Lotte van Dillen obtained her Master’s degree in social psychology and in cognitive psychology at the University of Amsterdam in 2004. From 2004 to 2008 she conducted her dissertation research at the ‘other’ university from Amsterdam: the VU University. At the end of 2008 she successfully defended her dissertation, in which she examined the role of working memory in the experience of negative feelings. Since then, Lotte has worked as a post-doc at Utrecht University and New York University. She currently works at Leiden University as an assistant professor. Her research focuses on the influence of emotion on our thoughts and behavior, as well as on self-regulation, social perception, social exclusion, and morality. In her research, she uses both behavioral measures as well as (neuro)physiological measures such as EEG and eye tracking. 


I am interested in the mutual relationship between cognition and emotion, both how these processes influence each other and how people can control them. I examine the role of emotion and cognition in fundamental information processing mechanisms such as attention and (working) memory, as well as in more social psychological phenomena such as self-regulation, social categorization, consumer behavior, social exclusion, and morality. In addition, I am interested in how emotion-cognition interactions translate into conscious feeling states, and why this process may vary among individuals.

I approach these topics from two different but complementary empirical angles. First, I approach the emotion-cognition interaction as an inherently social process. Emotional responses inevitably unfold in the context of interacting with others, and people's emotional responses are shaped through repeated social interaction experiences. Second, I am committed to a rigorous experimental approach, with a particular focus on physiological and neurological processes. In my research I therefore use both behavioral measures and neuroimaging-techniques such as fMRI and EEG.


  • Thesis Supervision (Master Program S&O, Master Program ECP, and Research Master Program)
  • Tutoraat Academische Vaardigheden (1st year undergraduate)
  • Coöperatie en Conflict (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Consumer Psychology (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Emotions and Irrationality in Consumer Behavior (Master Program ECP)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology ( Leiden University College)
  • Introduction to Social and Organisational psychology (1st year undergraduate)


Please note ! For articles already officially published, please see under the Publications tab. On this page a summary is presented of articles in press, submitted or available on line only.

  • Van Dillen, L. F., Harris, L., Van Dijk, W. W., & Rotteveel, M. (in press). Looking with different  eyes: Categorization goals moderate facial reactions to negative facial expressions. Cognition & Emotion.

Grants and Awards

May 2014: ‘Attention to taste. The neuropsychological mechanisms of taste perception and hedonic consumption.’ (€24,680) Gratama-Stichting. 

December 2013: Teacher of the year, institute of psychology, Leiden University.

February 2012: ‘Ire and Punishment. The Role of Negative Emotions and Attentional Control in Children's, Adolescents' and Adults' Punishment.’ Together with Dr. Michaela Gummerum (PI: Developmental Psychology, Plymouth University, UK) and Prof. dr. Eric van Dijk (Social and Organizational Psychology, Leiden University, the Netherlands). Awarded by the ERSC (Economic and Social research Counsil; £200,000)

October 2009: Seed corn research grant of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (€2,000)


More Information about the Department of Social & Organizational Psychology

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Last Modified: 14-01-2016