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TuongVan Vu completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Linguistics and Literature from the National University of Social Sciences and Humanities of Vietnam. She then studied liberal arts and sciences (interdepartmental major, tracks: psychology and linguistics) at University College Utrecht (BA, honors) in the Netherlands. Her bachelor thesis on the perception of trustworthiness in facial expressions and voices was conducted at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Afterwards, TuongVan obtained a Research Master in Social Psychology (MSc, cum laude) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam writing her thesis on culture and theory of mind. From 2013 until 2014, TuongVan worked in an interdisciplinary project on the evolution of sematic systems across 50 Indo-European languages at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics under the supervision of prof. Michael Dunn and prof. Asifa Majid. In July 2014, she started her PhD research under the supervision of prof. Lydia Krabbendam and prof. Catrin Finkenauer at the department of Clinical, Neuro- & Developmental Psychology of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. At the end of her PhD, TuongVan also worked with prof. Shihui Han as part of her research visit to the Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of Peking University, China.

After obtaining her PhD in March 2019, TuongVan started working as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Nienke van Atteveldt (VU Amsterdam), Dr. Brenda Jansen (UvA), Dr. Lucia Magis Weinberg (UC Berkeley) and prof. Martijn Meeter (VU Amsterdam) in a project funded by the Jacobs Foundation. The team is working on applying mutualism theory (van de Maas et al., 2006) and latent change score modeling (Kievit et al., 2017, 2018, 2019) in studying the cyclical relationship between academic self-concept (motivational belief), motivational behaviors, and academic achievement in educational contexts. 

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Education/Academic qualification

Neuropsychology, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Social Psychology, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bachelor, Utrecht University

English Linguistics & Literature, Bachelor, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 3 Article
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

I, we and your thoughts: Cultural influences on social cognition

Vu, T. V., 2019, 166 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Neural Correlates of Self-Construal Priming in the Ultimatum Game

Flinkenflogel, N., Vu, T. V., van Kesteren, M. T. R. & Krabbendam, L., 24 Sep 2019, In : Frontiers in Neuroscience. 13, September, p. 1-13 13 p., 994.

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Neural responses to affective stimuli across culturally similar and dissimilar situations

Vu, T., van der Meulen, A., Heslenfeld, D., Woodcock, K., Han, S. & Krabbendam, L., 16 Jul 2019, In : Culture and Brain. 26 p.

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