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Terence D. Dores Cruz is a PhD Candidate in the department of Organizational Sciences (Faculty of Social Sciences) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Terence studies gossip in Bianca Beersma’s ERC-Consolidator Grant Project FORCE-OF-GOSSIP. Terence is also the student-representative for the Kurt Lewin Institute.

Broadly, Terence is interested in the role of gossip in human cooperative or uncooperative interactions, such as in social or organizational groups. Terence’s current work focuses on the selfish or prosocial motives individual gossipers have, and how receivers of gossip react to gossip and attribute these motives to senders.

Personal information

In 2016, I completed a bachelor's in psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (cum laude, honors), where I wrote a thesis on the social psychology of corruption supervised by Dr. Nils Köbis. Following this, in 2018, I completed a research master's degree at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (cum laude), where I wrote a thesis in the role of everyday gossip and reputation in cooperation supervised by Prof. Daniel Balliet. Upon completion of the master's degree, I started working on my current Ph.D. project on the reasons for and reactions to gossip supervised by Prof. Bianca Beersma and Dr. Romy van der Lee.


Once a year, I supervise individual master's students (3-4 students) and give a guest lecture in the master's level course Conflict and Cooperation (60 students).

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • BF Psychology
  • Gossip
  • Reputation
  • Cooperation
  • Unethical Behavior
  • Experiment
  • Experience Sampling
  • H Social Sciences (General)

User created Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology


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  • Best Paper Award

    Dores Cruz, Terence (Recipient), 2022


  • Best Student Presentation

    Dores Cruz, Terence (Recipient), Jun 2019


  • Ignobel Peace Prize

    Dores Cruz, Terence (Recipient), 2022