I graduated from the University of Utrecht where I obtained degrees in Psychology and Philosophy in 1977. From there I moved to London University where I received my PhD in 1981. After that I joined the Free University of Amsterdam, followed by a return to the UK where I joined the Psychology Department of Exeter University. In the early 1980’s I returned to the Free University as an associate professor and ran the social science section of the Institute of Environmental Studies. In 1985 I moved to the University of Amsterdam as Professor of Experimental Social Psychology. Initially I was director of the Social Psychology Program; later I served as dean of the Psychology Department. From 1999 I served five years as a director of the Psychology Research Institute of the University of Amsterdam. In 2004 I returned to of the Social Psychology Department.
My research focuses on attitudes and decision-making. My current work on attitudes (and that of colleagues and students with whom I collaborate) focuses on the role of affect in attitude formation and change, ambivalence, and how people deal with counter-attitudinal information. My research on decision making deals with the role of (anticipated) emotions in decision-making, and the consequences of uncertainty and (lack of) control on judgment and decision-making.
In addition to empirical work on basic processes in attitudes and decision-making my research also addresses more applied issues such as the perceived risks of technological developments, dietary behavior, compliance, intergroup relations, fundamentalism and terrorism, and risk and insurance.
I served as a consultant for a variety of national science foundations and was a panelist on committees on issues such as global change, gambling behavior, sustainable development, terrorism, driving behavior, food safety, and high security prisons.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Health Psychology
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Social Cognition
- van der Pligt, J. (2002). Cognition and affect in risk perception and risky decision-making. In C. von Hofsten & L. Backman (Eds.), Psychology at the turn of the millennium: Social, developmental, and clinical perspectives (Vol. 2, pp. 247-270). Hove, England: Psychology Press.
- Nordgren, L. F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2007). Unpacking perceived control in risk perception: The mediating role of anticipated regret. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 20, 533-544.
- de Liver, Y. N., van der Pligt, J., & Wigboldus, D. H. J. (2007). Positive and negative associations underlying ambivalent attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 319-326.
- van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., Claassen, E., & van Dijk, W. W. (2007). Inmate emotion coping and psychological and physical well-being: The use of crying over spilled milk. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34, 697-708.
- Nordgren, L. F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2007). Evaluating Eve: Visceral states influence the evaluation of impulsive behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 75-84.
- Nordgren, L. F., van der Pligt, J., & van Harreveld, F. (2006). Visceral drives in retrospect: Explanations about the inaccessible past. Psychological Science, 17, 635-640.
- van den Berg, H., van der Pligt, J., Wigboldus, D. H. J., & Manstead, A. S. R. (2006). The impact of affective and cognitive focus on attitude formation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 373-379.
- Nordgren, L. F., van Harreveld, F., & van der Pligt, J. (2006). Ambivalence, discomfort, and motivated information processing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 42, 252-258.
- Berndsen, M., van der Pligt, J., Doosje, B., & Manstead, A. S. R. (2004). Guilt and regret: The determining role of interpersonal and intrapersonal harm. Cognition and Emotion, 18, 55-70.
- van der Maas, H. L. J., Kolstein, R., & van der Pligt, J. (2003). Sudden transitions in attitudes. Sociological Methods and Research, 32, 125-152.
- Van Harreveld, F., Van der Pligt, J., De Vries, N. K., Wenneker, C., & Verhue, D. (2003). Ambivalence and informative integration in attitudinal judgment. British Journal of Social Psychology.
- van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., & de Vries, N. K. (2000). Attribute importance and accessibility. British Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 363-380.
- van der Pligt, J., de Vries, N. K., Manstead, A. S. R., & van Harreveld, F. (2000). The importance of being selective: Weighing the role of attribute importance in attitudinal judgment. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 32, pp. 135-200).
- Attitude Measurement
- Decision Making
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Social Cognition
Joop van der Pligt
Program in Social Psychology
University of Amsterdam
1018 WB Amsterdam
- Phone: +31-20-5256891
- Fax: +31-20-6391896