Current Members

Get to know the current members of the Cultural Lab at the University of Amsterdam

Allard Feddes

Contact: A.R.Feddes@uva.nl

Allard R. Feddes is an Assistant Professor at the Social Psychology department of the University of Amsterdam. Allard studied Social Psychology and Organizational Psychology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (1998-2004). In this period he participated in the ERASMUS exchange programme and studied at the National University of Maynooth, Ireland (Sociology and Philosophy). For his MA thesis studies he spent six months at the Psychology Department of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Allard did his PhD in Social Psychology at the International Graduate College “Conflict and Cooperation between Social Groups” at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany, 2004-2007) where he studied associations between intergroup contact and development of prejudice in ethnic majority and minority children. In the period 2007-2011 he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Social Psychology department of ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon University Institute) in Lisbon, Portugal, where he studied development of prejudice, stereotyping, and perceptions of social status in Portuguese children of different ethnic background. Since 2011 he has studied processes of (de-)radicalisation at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy, in 2014-2015). Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Allard is investigating the role of culture in conflict and cooperation between social groups. Click here for more information.

Bertjan Doosje

Contact: e.j.doosje@uva.nl

Bertjan Doosje is an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam. From 2012-2019, he held the Frank Buijs Chair on Radicalization Studies, financed by the Ministry of Social Affairs & Employment, Verwey-Jonker Institute (Utrecht) and MOVISIE (Utrecht). Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Bertjan is investigating the role of culture in relationship satisfaction; role of culture in resilience among refugees; reactions to cultural threat to group’s image. Click here for more information.

Enzo Cáceres

Contact: e.m.caceresquezada@uva.nl

For my doctoral project, under the supervision of Bertjan Doosje (supervisor), Judit Kende (co-supervisor), and Michael Boiger (co-supervisor), we are interested in how dominant group members lead different identity management strategies through concrete social practices, such as remembering and group-based emotions. Prior to my PhD, I completed a B.A. in Psychology at Universidad Católica de Chile (2014) and an MSc. in Social-Community Psychology (2019) at the same university. During my bachelors, I partook in qualitative and theoretical research on collective memory about the Chilean dictatorship (1973-1990) throughout different generations and on the interplay between historical and biographical narratives of right-wing, left-wing, and survivor people of Chilean state terrorism. On the other hand, in my MSc. I conducted a field experiment in a memorial site of the Chilean dictatorship to assess the effect of the ideological distance from the visitors perspective regarding the culprits (measured by an adapted scale of RWA) on the socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting of justifications to atrocities as a manner of understanding memorials effects on preventing inter-group violence.Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Enzo is investigating white ethnic dominance and collective memory. Click here for more information.

Kunalan Manokara

Contact: k.manokara@uva.nl

Positive emotions lie at the core of my research interests. Broadly speaking, I examine how ‘feel good’ emotions relate to social and psychological phenomena. These include expressive behaviours, cultural norms, prosocial outcomes, and socioeconomic status. I am currently employed as a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), where I am jointly supervised by Agneta Fischer and Disa Sauter. For my PhD project, we investigate how multiple positive emotions are expressed (through a mix of facial and bodily actions), and evaluate the role of social and cultural factors in regulating these emotion displays. Prior to this, I completed an MPhil in Psychology at the University of Queensland (Australia), and an MSc in Social Cognition at University College London (United Kingdom). My academic journey started at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), where I read a double major in Psychology (BA Hons) and History. Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Kunalan is investigating positive emotions, cultural norms, display rules. Click here for more information.

Michael Boiger

Contact: m.boiger@uva.nl

Michael Boiger is an assistant professor of cultural psychology at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). Michael obtained his PhD from the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he conducted research on the cultural construction of anger and shame in the United States, Japan, Belgium, and Turkey. In his current research, he takes a cultural psychological approach to studying emotional dynamics in close relationships. In particular, he is interested in how intercultural couples navigate potential cultural differences in emotion. Besides his academic activities, Michael works as an emotion-focused and systemic therapist in private practice. Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Michael is investigating the cultural construction of emotions, intercultural couples and emotion dynamics in close relationships. Click here for more information.

Natalia Zarzeczna

Contact: n.j.zarzeczna@uva.nl

I am a research associate at the Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam. I am working on an ERC funded project awarded to Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens. The aim of the project is to provide a unified theoretical framework to understand science scepticism. Overall, I am interested in social and spatial cognitive processes underpinning attitudes towards science, stereotypic perceptions of social groups, and implicit prejudice associated with gender, sexual orientation, religiosity, and race. My main collaborations involve Dr. Paul Hanel (University of Essex, UK), prof. Geoffrey Haddock, Dr. Ulrich von Hecker, and Travis Proulx (Cardiff University, UK), Prof. Fern Elsdon-Baker, Dr. Carissa Sharp (University of Birmingham, UK), Dr. Carola Leicht (University of Kent, UK), and Dr. Suzanna Bono (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia). Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Natalia is investigating cross-cultural differences in science scepticism and compliance with health advice. Click here for more information.

Rui Sun

Contact: r.sun@uva.nl

I am now a postdoc researcher at Department of Social Psychology, UvA, working with Dr. Disa Sauter. Before coming to UvA, I completed my PhD in social psychology with Dr. Alex Kogan at University of Cambridge (Jan 2018), my MRes of Cognitive Neuroscience with Dr. Sarah White at University College London (Sep 2013), and my BS in Psychology with Prof. Shihui Han at Peking University (July 2012). Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Rui is investigating culture and emotional experiences. Click here for more information.

Velichko Fetvadjiev

Contact:
v.h.fetvadjiev@uva.nl

Velichko Fetvadjiev conducts research in the broad areas of personality and cross-cultural psychology, addressing topics such as the structure, consistency, and predictive power of personality traits across cultures; the relationship of personality and values; the role of language in personality expression; and research methods. He has been centrally involved in the South African Personality Inventory (SAPI) project, which developed a culturally informed instrument for the assessment of personality across ethnocultural groups in South Africa. The SAPI project addresses the challenges of assessment in a multicultural and multi-linguistic context, as well as proposing an integrated, emic-etic approach to personality research across cultures. His main current research deals with an interdisciplinary approach to personality and values across languages and historical periods. This ongoing work aims to advance the understanding of historical changes in personality and values by leveraging insights from analyses of written texts. He has received competitive grants from South Africa’s National Research Foundation and the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as well as start-up and travel grants from various institutions. He is the recipient in 2020 of the Early Career Award of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. He serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Personality. He is a member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology and the European Association for Personality Psychology. He is a founding member and secretary of the World Association for Personality Psychology. He holds an extraordinary chair as associate professor at North-West University, South Africa. Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Velichko is investigating personality and values. Click here for more information.

Liesbeth Mann

Contact:
l.mann@uva.nl

Liesbeth works as a teacher and researcher at the University of Amsterdam, department of Social Psychology. After studying Social Psychology and Holocaust and Genocide Studies she obtained her PhD (2017) at the same university. Her PhD research dealt with the emotion of humiliation in different contexts and also focused on cultural differences in the antecedents and experience of humiliation. After finishing her PhD she worked as a postdoc at VU University (a project on age discrimination in the labor market) and Tilburg University (a project on political apologies across cultures), before returning to the UvA. Her research interests include intergroup behavior, cross-cultural psychology, political psychology and (group-based) emotions. Liesbeth is co-coördinator of the master track Cultural Psychology (together with Bertjan Doosje) and teaches a course on the psychology of intercultural contact and acculturation within this master track (together with Velichko Fetvadjiev).  Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Liesbeth is investigating how people cope with COVID-19. Click here for more information.

Yong-Qi Cong

Contact:
y.cong@uva.nl

I completed my research master in psychology at the UVA before starting my PhD funded by a Research Talent Grant from the NWO. I’m interested in emotions in cross-cultural and developmental contexts. In my PhD, I investigate how people from different cultural backgrounds express and interpret emotional expressions differently and why people are better at recognizing non-verbal expressions of emotions shown by their cultural in-group. I use a variety of methods in my research including surveys, meta-analysis, behavioural experiments, eye-tracking, and longitudinal studies. I also find it important to study diverse samples and have experience working with community samples, expats, and children. My interest in culture does not only reflect in studying psychological phenomena cross-culturally, but also working with people from diverse backgrounds in the process, which I believe Is essential to understanding culture and human behaviour.  Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Yong-Qi is investigating the production and perception of emotional expressive behaviours across cultures and the cultural variations in emotional appraisals. Click here for more information.

Tengku Nila Fadhlia

Contact: t.n.fadhlia@uva.nl

I completed my undergraduate (B.Hons) and master degree in Department of Psychology, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Now, I am working on my Ph.D project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bertjan Doosje and Dr. Disa Sauter about resilience of refugees.Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Tengku Nila is investigating the role of culture in refugees’ resilience. Click here for more information.

Disa Sauter

Contact: d.a.sauter@uva.nl

I did my BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Science at University College London (2002), followed by a PhD in the same department (2006). Then I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, after which I received an ESRC fellowship, which I took up at Birkbeck College London. In 2008 I moved to the Netherlands to work as a staff researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, where I stayed until 2011. I then moved to the University of Amsterdam, where I held a Veni grant (2011-2016) from the Dutch Science Foundation. My current funding includes an ERC Starting Grant and several grants from the Dutch Science Foundation. I am Associate Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at UvA and associate editor of the journal Emotion Review. Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Disa is investigating emotions across cultures. Click here for more information.

Aiden Hoyle

Contact: a.hoyle@uva.nl

My PhD project is affiliated with three institutions: the University of Amsterdam, TNO: Defense, Safety and Security, and the Netherlands Defence Academy. My research advances a psychological effects-based approach to malign information influence tactics. In this, I am building and experimentally testing transdisciplinary models of the cognitive and emotional responses narratives intended to antagonise can elicit in different international audiences. A particular focus here is how different narratives are interpreted interculturally. Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Aiden is investigating the role of culture in conflict and the weaponisation of cultural values in hostile media. Click here for more information.

Suzanne Hoogeveen

Contact: s.hoogeveen@uva.nl

 

In her research, Suzanne examines the cognitive science of religion. She also has a keen interest in open science practices, and the replicability of scientific findings. Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Suzanne is investigating the relation between religiosity and mental health, trust, source credibility beliefs and mind-body dualism across cultures. Click here for more information.

Seval Gündemir

Contact: s.gundemir@uva.nl

 

Seval Gündemir received her bachelor and master degrees in Work and Organizational Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (both cum laude). She received the NWO Mosaic grant to conduct PhD-research on the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in leadership roles. During her PhD, she received the Fulbright grant to conduct research on the effects of diversity policies on minority leadership emergence at Yale University, Psychology Department. She defended her PhD-thesis titled “The Minority Glass Ceiling Hypothesis” in 2015. After her PhD, she received the NWO Rubicon grant to continue her research on female and racial-ethnic minority leadership. She worked at Columbia Business School, Management Division from 2015 to 2017 as a post-doctoral research scholar. In August 2017, she joined the University of Amsterdam as an assistant professor of Work and Organizational Psychology (tenured). Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Seval is investigating intercultural contact, cultural appropriation, and managing cultural diversity in the workplace. Click here for more information.

Eftychia Stamkou

Contact: e.stamkou@uva.nl

Eftychia Stamkou (1985) is a social and cultural psychologist. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Panteion University of Athens (summa cum laude) alongside her music composition studies at Conservatorium of Athens (cum laude). She then moved to the University of Amsterdam where she completed a Research Master’s in social and organizational psychology (cum laude) and conducted her dissertation research in social psychology (PhD in 2018). After her PhD, she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, where she also coordinates the Cultural Psychology Master’s. She has held temporary positions at Columbia University, Columbia Business School, and the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, where she is currently visiting faculty. Eftychia’s research is supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO: Rubicon, Veni), the Fulbright Program, and the European Commission (Horizon-2020 Societal Challenges). In 2020, she received the triennial Early Career Award of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP).  Within the Cultural Psychology Lab Eftychia is investigating culture, art, and social norms. Click here for more information.

David Abadi

Contact: d.r.abadi@uva.nl

David Abadi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion (AICE), Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam. His research interests across social sciences encompass social identity (ingroup vs. outgroup; intergroup relations), cultural psychology (cultural aspects of stereotyping), affective science (basic emotions and appraisal theory), conspiracy mentality and misinformation, threat and terror management theory, political psychology (extremism and populism) as well as perspective-taking and polarization in online-communication. Within the Cultural Psychology Lab David is investigating social groups, social identity, intergroup relations, and cross-cultural differences in emotions Click here for more information.