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Terence Dores Cruz, MSc


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  • De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV, Amsterdam



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My current work focuses on the role of gossip and reputation in human cooperation. Specifically, I am involved in experimental studies that investigate the altruistic and selfish motives behind gossip as well as how people ascribe these motives to others and a large scale experience sampling project that aims to make rigorous observations about gossip in its natural setting to understand the phenomenon better.

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


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