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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. 

Since August 2020, TuongVan started working on a new project within the SENSA team where she is part of a large team of developmental psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists to study how children learn prosocial behaviors.

Please refer to her Google Scholar page for the most up-to-date list of publications.

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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

Academic qualification

Psychology & cognitive neuroscience, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 29 Mar 2019

Social Psychology, Master, Theory of mind and cultural mindsets, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bachelor, Linguistics and Psychology, Utrecht University

Award Date: 20 Aug 2010

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

Award Date: 24 Aug 2006


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