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Ap Dijksterhuis

Ap Dijksterhuis

I obtained my PhD in 1996 at the Radboud University Nijmegen (at that time called the University of Nijmegen). Between 1996 and 1999 I was a Research Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (which really is just a very fancy post-doc position) and in 2000 I moved to the University of Amsterdam as an associate professor. In 2002 I became full professor, and in 2006 I moved back to the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2005, I won both the APA Award for Early Career contributions and the EAESP Kurt Lewin Award. In that same year, I also received a "VICI" grant, the biggest grant of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). The money of this grant is spent on research on unconscious thought, conscious thought, and decision making. In 2007 I published a popular psychology book in Dutch called "Het Slimme Onbewuste" ("The Smart Unconscious"), which became a bestseller.

Primary Interests:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:

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Journal Articles:

  • Aarts, H., & Dijksterhuis, A. (1999). Habits as knowledge structures: Automaticity in goal-directed behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Aarts, H., & Dijksterhuis, A. (1999). How often did I do it: Experienced ease of retrieval and self-estimates of performing mundane behaviors. Acta Psychologica.
  • Aarts, H., Dijksterhuis, A., & Midden, C. (1999). To plan or not to plan? Goal achievement or interrupting the performance mundane behaviors. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Dijksterhuis, A., Macrae, C. N., & Haddock, G. (1999). When recollective experiences matter: Subjective ease of retrieval and stereotyping. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 760-768.
  • Dijksterhuis, A., Spears, R., Postmes, T., Stapel, D. A., Koomen, W., van Knippenberg, A., & Scheepers, D. (1998). Seeing one thing and doing another: Contrast effects in automatic behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 862-871.
  • Dijksterhuis, A., & Strick, M.A. (2016). A case for thinking without consciousness. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 117-132.
  • Dijksterhuis, A., & van Knippenberg, A. (1999). Behavioral indecision: Effects of self-focus on automatic behavior. Social Cognition.
  • Dijksterhuis, A., & van Knippenberg, A. (1999). On the parameters of associative strength: Central tendency and variability as determinants of stereotype accessibility. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 527-536.
  • Dijksterhuis, A., & van Knippenberg, A. (1998). The relation between perception and behavior or how to win a game of Trivial Pursuit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 865-877.
  • Koole, S., Smeets, K., van Knippenberg, A., & Dijksterhuis, A. (1999). The cessation of rumination through self-affirmation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 111-125.
  • Van Knippenberg, A., Dijksterhuis, A., & Vermeulen, D. (1999). Judgment and memory of a criminal act: The effects of stereotypes and cognitive load. European Journal of Social Psychology, 29, 191-202.

Other Publications:

  • Dijksterhuis, A., Bargh, J. A., & Miedema, J. (1999). Of men and mackerels: Attention and automatic behavior. In H. Bless & J. P. Forgas (Eds.), Subjective experience in social cognition and behavior. Philadelphia: Psychology Press (in press).
  • Dijksterhuis, A., & van Knippenberg, A. (1998). Inhibition, Aberdeen and other cloudy subjects. In R. S. Wyer (Ed.), Advances in Social Cognition, 11, 83-96.

Courses Taught:

  • The Psychology of Happiness

Ap Dijksterhuis
Department of Behavioural Change
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands

  • Phone: +31 (0)24 - 361 26 88
  • Fax: +31 (0)24 - 361 26 77

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