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The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in cultural psychology research. Below is a list of lecturers and thesis supervisors in this programme. Click the name of a lecturer for more information.

Michael Boiger - Cultural Psychology

Michael Boiger

Michael Boiger is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam and an emotion-focused systemic therapist in private practice. He obtained his PhD in 2013 from the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he conducted his doctoral research on the cultural construction of emotion in Japan, Belgium, the United States, and Turkey. In his research, he aims to understand the roles and meanings of emotions from a cultural and relational perspective. For example, in observational research with Belgian and Japanese couples, he finds that - during couple disagreements - couples foreground those emotions that fit and support the respective relationship ideals in Belgium (e.g., anger) and Japan (e.g., empathy). This research and his therapeutic work with intercultural couples inspire his current research interest: To better understand the role of emotions and cultural differences in emotions for intercultural relationships.

dhr. dr. M. (Michael) Boiger

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology

Bertjan Doosje

Bertjan Doosje

Bertjan Doosje is a full professor at the University of Amsterdam. He holds the Frank Buijs Chair on Radicalization Studies. His research interests are in the domain of intergroup relations. Some examples of topics he works on are: Acculturation of Ethnic Minorities, Ethnic Attitudes and Perceived Threat in Intergroup Contexts, Emotions in Different Cultures, Radicalization Processes. In terms of theories, his work draws on: Social Identity Theory and Terror Management Theory. 

dhr. prof. dr. E.J. (Bertjan) Doosje

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology

Michiel van Elk

Michiel van Elk

Michiel van Elk conducts research on the psychological and neurocognitive basis of religion and spirituality. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, involving both surveys, experimental approaches, psychophysics and neuroimaging he investigates both the causes (e.g., what predisposes people to have transcendent experiences?) as well as the consequences of religion and spirituality (e.g., does religion foster prosociality?). The theory of predictive processing is used as a powerful framework to generate predictions regarding the effects of culture on cognition and experience. Cross-cultural projects focus for instance on the nature of unbelief, the relation between religion and morality and belief in faith healing. 

dhr. dr. M. (Michiel) van Elk

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology

Allard Feddes

Allard Feddes

Allard Feddes is by training a social psychologist with a specialization in the area of conflict and cooperation between social groups. He received his M.A. in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands, 2004) and his PhD in Social Psychology from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany, 2007). Broadly speaking Allard is interested in the question how group membership influences the way we feel (affect), think (cognition) and behave. He conducts research on antecedents and consequences of intergroup prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. 

dhr. dr. A.R. (Allard) Feddes

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology

Agneta Fischer

Agneta Fischer

Prof. Dr. Agneta Fischer is currently Professor in Emotions and Affective Processes in the Social Psychology Group of the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Psychology Research Institute. Her broad research interest is emotions in social contexts, and she has published in the domain of facial expressions of emotion, emotional mimicry, culture and gender differences in emotions, embodiment, and the social functions of emotions. 

mw. prof. dr. A.H. (Agneta) Fischer

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Liesbeth Mann

mw. L. (Liesbeth) Mann PhD

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology

Bastiaan Rutjens

Bastiaan Rutjens

Bastiaan Rutjens is an assistant professor at the psychology department of the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are in social and cultural psychology, with a particular focus on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews. He is particularly interested in how belief systems differ within cultures. One example is how various groups of Dutch believers and non-believers differ in their beliefs (see Rutjens, B. T., van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., van Elk, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2016). A march to a better world? Religiosity and the existential function of belief in social-moral progress. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26, 1-18.)

dhr. dr. B.T. (Bastiaan) Rutjens

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology

Disa Sauter

Disa Sauter

Disa Sauter examines the communication of emotions via non-verbal signals. Much of her research has focused on vocalisations such as laughter, cries and sighs, but she has also studied facial expressions of emotions. She is interested in how factors such as culture, learning mechanisms, and language, shape our emotions and the ways that they are signalled. Complementing this, she asks which aspects of our emotions and emotional signals exhibit less plasticity. Her research includes experimental psychological methods with adults and infants, and cross-cultural comparisons. She has a particular interest in positive emotions, and distinctions between different positive affective states. You can find out more about her lab, the Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion here

mw. dr. D.A. (Disa) Sauter

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology

Eftychia Stamkou - Cultural Psychology

Eftychia Stamkou

Eftychia Stamkou is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam and coordinator of the Cultural Psychology master’s programme. Her research aims at understanding how social hierarchies evolve. Her primary research interests revolve around leadership, power, influence, culture, norm violations, and moral emotions. In studying these topics, she look at social- and cultural-psychological processes and effects, and explores their implications for organizational behavior and society. She is also interested in understanding processes of influence in the field of art (artistic impact).

mw. dr. E. (Eftychia) Stamkou

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen

Programmagroep: Social Psychology