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Ad van Knippenberg

Ad van Knippenberg

I graduated in social psychology at the University of Leiden in 1972, and received my PhD at the same university in 1978 on a doctoral dissertation on "Perception and evaluation of intergroup differences" (supervisors Henri Tajfel and John van de Geer). Subsequently, I worked as assistant and associate professor at the University of Groningen till 1989. In 1989 I was appointed professor of social psychology at the University of Nijmegen.

In the past twenty years or so, I have developed an interest in social cognition. Among others, I am interested in topics like social categorization, stereotyping, person perception and memory, emotions, and issues concerning embodied cognition.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Veling, H., Holland, R. W., & van Knippenberg, A. (2008). When approach motivation and behavioral inhibition collide: Behavior regulation through stimulus devaluation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1013-1019.
  • Koch, S., Holland, R., & van Knippenberg, A. (2008). Regulating cognitive control through approach-avoidance motor action. Cognition, 109, 133-142.
  • Koole, S. L., & van Knippenberg, A. (2007). Controlling your mind without ironic consequences: Self-affirmation eliminates rebound effects after thought suppression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 671-677.
  • Wigboldus, D. H. J., Dijksterhuis, A., & van Knippenberg, A. (2003). When stereotypes get in the way: Stereotypes obstruct stereotype-inconsistent trait inferences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 470-484.
  • Dijksterhuis, A., Aarts, H., Bargh, J. A., & van Knippenberg, A. (2000). On the relationship between associative strength and automatic behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 36, 531-544.
  • Dechesne, M., Janssen, J., & van Knippenberg, A. (2000). Derogating and distancing as terror management strategies: The role of need for closure and permeability of group boundaries. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 923-932.
  • Veling, H., & van Knippenberg, A. (2004). Remembering can cause inhibition: Retrieval-induced inhibition as cue-independent process. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30(2), 315-317.
  • Koole, S., Smeets, M., Van Knippenberg, A., & Dijksterhuis, A. (1999). The cessation of rumination through self-affirmation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 111-125.
  • 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.
  • Van Knippenberg, A., van Twuyver, M., & Pepels, J. (1994). Factors affecting social categorization processes in memory. British Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 419-431.
  • Stel, M., & van Knippenberg, A. (2008). The role of facial mimicry in the recognition of affect. Psychological Science, 19(10), 984-985.
  • Dotsch, R., Wigboldus, D., Langner, O., & van Knippenberg, A. (2008). Prejudiced people have biased representations of ethnic faces. Psychological Science, 19(10), 978-980.
  • van Baaren, R. B., Holland, R. W., Kawakami, K., & van Knippenberg, A. (2004). Mimicry and prosocial behavior. Psychological Science, 15(1), 71-74.

Other Publications:

  • Van Knippenberg, A., & Dijksterhuis, A. (2000). Social categorization and stereotyping: A functional perspective. In W. Stroebe & M. Hewstone (Eds.), European Review of Social Psychology (Vol. 11, pp. 105-144). Chicester: Wiley.
  • van Knippenberg, A., & van Baaren, R. (2006). Baboons, babies, brains and bonding: A multi-disciplinary approach to mimicry. In P. A. M. van Lange (Ed.), Bridging Social Psychology: Benefits of Transdisciplinary Approaches (pp. 173-178). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Ad van Knippenberg
Department of Social Psychology
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands

  • Phone: +31 24 361 25 43
  • Fax: +31 24 361 26 77

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