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

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Research Output 1991 2019

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

Cooperative Behavior

CLASH: Climate (change) and cultural evolution of intergroup conflict

van Lange, P. A. M., Rinderu, M. I. & Bushman, B. J., Apr 2018, In : Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 21, 3, p. 457-471 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cultural Evolution
Climate Change
Climate change

Climate, aggression, and violence (CLASH): a cultural-evolutionary approach

Rinderu, M. I., Bushman, B. J. & Van Lange, P. AM., 1 Feb 2018, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 19, p. 113-118 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Climate Change

Climate Change: What Psychology Can Offer in Terms of Insights and Solutions

Van Lange, P. A. M., Joireman, J. & Milinski, M., 1 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Climate Change
Persuasive Communication
Emigration and Immigration

Costs, needs, and integration efforts shape helping behavior toward refugees

Böhm, R., Theelen, M. M. P., Rusch, H. & Van Lange, P. A. M., 10 Jul 2018, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115, 28, p. 7284-7289 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
psychological factors

Activities 2002 2015

Trust in Psychology and Politics

van Lange, P. A. M. (Keynote speaker)
1 Sep 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Moral society is a matter of trust

van Lange, P. A. M. (Keynote speaker)
1 Nov 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Psychological Science (Journal)

van Lange, P. A. M. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Sydney Symposium on Social Psychology

van Lange, P. A. M. (Organiser)
16 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

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Sportzomer 2016

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RTL Boulevard

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Het succes van de Escape Rooms

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