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Paul Van Lange is Professor of Social Psychology and Chair of the Section of Social and Organizational Psychology at the VU University at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Most of his research on human cooperation and trust is grounded in psychological and evolutionary theorizing of social interdependence, through which he seeks to understand the functions of forgiveness, generosity, empathy, fairness, morality, retaliation, competition, as well as general beliefs of human nature in various situations. His work has been recognized several grants and awards, including the Kurt Lewin Medal by the European Association of Social Psychology.  He has published around 150 articles, in journals such as Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Psychological Bulletin, and Annual Review of Psychology.  Many articles have received considerable impact in not only psychology, but also in experimental economics, evolutionary (game) theory, and social neuroscience. With various colleagues around the globe, Van Lange has published several books, including the Atlas of Interpersonal Situations (Published by Cambridge, 2003), the Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology (Published by Sage, 2012), Politics, Power, and Paranoia (Cambridge, 2014), and Social Dilemmas:  The Psychology of Human Cooperation (Published by Oxford, 2014). He served as Associate Editor for various journals, such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science, is founding editor of an interdisciplinary series on Human Cooperation (Published by Oxford), Current Opinion in Psychology, and has served as Director of the Kurt Lewin Institute (KLI) and as President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP).

Webpage:  www.paulvanlange.com     

Ancillary activities

  • American Psychological Association | Washington DC | Medewerker | 2013-12-02 - 2017-12-01
  • Elsevier | Amsterdam | Chief Editor Current Opinion in Psychology | 2014-05-20 - present
  • De Essenburgh | Hierden | Teacher coruse Psychology for mayors | 2016-12-20 - present
  • Oxford University Press | New York | Adviseur | 2018-02-01 - present
  • NOP (Evangelische Omroep) | Hilversum | Adviseur | 2018-04-01 - present

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Research Output 1991 2020

Latitudinal gradients as scientific tools for psychologists

Van de Vliert, E. & Van Lange, P. AM., 1 Apr 2020, In : Current opinion in psychology. 32, p. 43-46 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review


Coping with noise in social dilemmas: Group representatives fare worse than individuals because they lack trust in others’ benign intentions

Reinders Folmer, C. P., Wildschut, T., De Cremer, D. & van Lange, P. A. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 22, 2, p. 200-214 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
social dilemma

From cash to crickets: The non-monetary value of a resource can promote human cooperation

Bastian, B., Brewer, M., Duffy, J. & Van Lange, P. A. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Psychology. 61, p. 10-19 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cooperative Behavior

Gossip in the dictator and ultimatum games: Its immediate and downstream consequences for cooperation

Wu, J., Balliet, D., Kou, Y. & Van Lange, P. A. M., 28 Mar 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, MARCH, p. 1-9 9 p., 651.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Costs and Cost Analysis
Rejection (Psychology)

Latitudinal Psychology: An Ecological Perspective on Creativity, Aggression, Happiness, and Beyond

Van de Vliert, E. & Van Lange, P. A. M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cultural Diversity

Activities 2002 2018

General Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology

P.A.M. van Lange (Participant)
1 Mar 20183 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Societal responsibility of artists and music industry: Trust and respect

P.A.M. van Lange (Speaker)
Jan 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

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Nieuwe feiten

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Sportzomer 2016

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Anonimiteit op de Zuidas

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RTL Boulevard

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Het succes van de Escape Rooms

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