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I. (Inge) Wolsink PhD

Faculty of Economics and Business
Section Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Photographer: FEB

Visiting address
  • Plantage Muidergracht 12
Postal address
  • Postbus 15953
    1001 NL Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    In the past 4 years, my research has been focused on creative and proactive behaviors in organizations. Creativity refers to the generation of original and useful ideas, whereas proactivity refers to initiation and implementation of solutions in order to anticipate future problems. Both creativity and proactivity are about novelty and change, and thus important for innovation, but they are not the same, and largely studied in different literatures. In my PhD project, I tried to bridge knowledge from experimental studies on creativity and organizational studies on proactivity. Specifically, I am interested in the cognitive and affective processes that guide creative and proactive behaviors. I study whether the type of thinking (simple vs. complex), feeling (positive vs. negative), and motivation (intrinsic vs. extrinsic) involved in the creative and proactive process, are different. I thus investigated why, how and when people generate good ideas, initiate new ways of working and challenge their leaders to think and act differently. My research is characterized by a variety in methodology (experimental, physiological, organizational studies), types of analyses (single- and multi-level data), and research fields (cognitive, emotional, social and organizational psychology).

    In my current postdoctoral project I study how people emotionally respond to performance feedback. How people feel when they receive feedback about how they are doing on a task, depends on several factors. For example, it matters whether the feedback is positive or negative, and whether one expected to do well, or not so well. The main research question is how emotional reactions to feedback influence future performance, specifically in the domain of health behavior, and how the factors mentioned earlier (is feedback positive or negative, and what is expected?) can be used to guide people towards more healthy behaviors. The goal is thus to study how feedback can be used to motivate people to initiate and maintain health behaviors. We focus on several samples (students, health professionals, patients) and research methods (experiments and field studies). 



    Under review   Wolsink,  I., Den Hartog, D. N., Belschak, F. D.,  & Oosterwijk, S.

    • Do you feel like being proactive today? Trait-Proactivity Modulates Affective Causes and Consequences of Proactive Behavior.

    Under review    Belschak, F. D., Wolsink,  I., & Den Hartog.

    • Leaders as Role Models of Proactive Behavior.

    Under review    Wolsink,  I., Den Hartog, D. N., Belschak, F. D.,  & Sligte, I. G.

    • Working Memory Capacity Facilitates Quality, but not Quantity of Proactive Voice Behavior.

    Under review    Wolsink,  I., Belschak, F. D., & Den Hartog, D. N.

    • Distraction: the Problem with Extrinsic Motivation and Creativity, Competing Goals distract Reward Responsive Individuals


  • Background


    PhD Candidate (2012 - 2016)

    Amsterdam Business School


    Research Consultant (2012)

    MWM2, market research company


    Hendrik Muller Summerseminar (2012)

    KNAW, subject - Emotional Rationality


    Freelance Researcher (2011)


    1. Fonds voor Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten
    2. University of Amsterdam, Work & Organizational Psychology Department


    Master in Psychology (2010)

    University of Amsterdam, Work & Organization, Cum Laude

    Research projects

    1. Creativity (Carsten De Dreu, Matthijs Baas) 
    2. Unconscious Plagiarism (Nils Jostmann)


    Bachelor in Psychology (2006-2009)

    University of Amsterdam, Social Cognitive Psychology and Psychological Methods, Cum Laude

    Research projects

    1. Incubation in Creativity (Eric-Jan Wagenmakers)
    2. Affective Modulation (Hans Phaff)
    3. Approach and Avoidance (Mark Rotteveel)


    Other activities

    • Section leader and cellist in a student symphony orchestra (2009 - 2014)
    • Co-founder, treasurer and cellist in Caecilia Camerata orchestra (2015 - current)


  • Publications



    • de Dreu, C. K. W., Nijstad, B. A., Baas, M., Wolsink, I., & Roskes, M. (2012). Working memory benefits creative insight, musical improvisation, and original ideation through maintained task-focused attention. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(5), 656-669. [details]


    Media appearance


    • Wolsink, I. (2017). Attention! An affective approach to anticipated action: Cognitive, affective, and motivational processes underlying proactive behavior. [details]
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