Paul van Lange is a Professor at the VU University at Amsterdam, the Netherlands, working on social interdependence, cooperation and competition, trust, and misuderstanding in social dilemmas. He has held a number of other positions, including Scientific Director of the Kurt Lewin Institute (see www.kurtlewininstitute.nl), Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the European Journal of Social Psychology, member of the Policy Advice Committee of Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research, and president-elect of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology
His research interests center on broad, interdisciplinary topics that are best labeled in terms of "trust and cooperation" and "social dilemmas". He focuses on those patterns of social interaction that cannot be explained in terms of the assumption of “rational self-interest” and that are challenging to individuals, dyads, or groups. Key issues to which he is addicted as a researcher include:
(a) Differences in prosocial, individualistic, and competitive orientations (see Van Lange et al., 2011);
(b) Forgiveness, sacrifice, altruism, and generosity (see Klapwijk & Van Lange, 2009; Van Lange, 2008);
(c) Trust and misunderstanding in social interaction (see Van Lange, Finkenauer et al., 2011);
(d) Interdependence and taxonomic approaches to social psychology (see Van Lange & Rusbult, 2012);
(e) Theories of social psychology (see recent book, Van Lange, Kruglanski, & Higgins, 2012, Sage);
(f) Translating social psychology to everyday life (in newspapers, radio and televison interviews).
For more information, see his personal website:
Also, for more information on social dilemmas, see:
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Close Relationships
- Communication, Language
- Ethics and Morality
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Person Perception
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Kelley, H. H., Holmes, J. W., Kerr, N. L., Reis, H. T., Rusbult, C. E., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2003). An atlas of interpersonal situations. New York: Cambridge.
- Van Lange, P. A. M. (2006). Bridging social psychology: Benefits of transdisciplinary approaches. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., Kruglanski, A. W., & Higgins, E. T. (2011). Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, Ca, Sage. (Volumes 1 and 2).
- Balliet, D., Mulder, L., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2011). Reward, punishment, and cooperation: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 594-615.
- Karremans, J. C., Heslenfeld, D. J., Van Dillen, L. F., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2011). Secure attachment partners attenuate neural responses to social exclusion: An fMRI investigation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81, 44-50.
- Klapwijk, A., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2009). Promoting cooperation and trust in “noisy” situations: The power of generosity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 83-103.
- Tazelaar, M. J. A., Van Lange, P. A. M., & Ouwerkerk, J. W. (2004). How to cope with "noise" in social dilemmas: The benefits of communication. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 845-859.
- Van Lange, P. A. M. (2008). Does empathy trigger only altruistic motivation? How about selflessness or justice? Emotion, 8, 766-774.
- Van Lange, P. A. M. (1999). The pursuit of joint outcomes and equality in outcomes: An integrative model of social value orientation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 337-349.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., Finkenauer, C., Popma, A., & Van Vugt, M. (2011). Electrodes as social glue: Measuring heart rate promotes giving in the trust game. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 80, 246-250.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., & Joireman, J. A. (2008). How we can promote behaviour that serves all of us in the future. Social issues and Policy Review, 2, 127-157.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., & Kuhlman, D. M. (1994). Social value orientations and impressions of partner's honesty and intelligence: A test of the might versus morality effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 126-141.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., Otten, W., De Bruin, E. M. N., & Joireman, J. A. (1997). Development of prosocial, individualistic, and competitive orientations: Theory and preliminary evidence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 733-746.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., Ouwerkerk, J., & Tazelaar, M. (2002). How to overcome the detrimental effects of noise in social interaction: The benefits of generosity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 768-780.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., Rusbult, C. E., Drigotas, S. M., Arriaga, X. B., Witcher, B. S., & Cox, C. L. (1997). Willingness to sacrifice in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 1373-1395.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., Schippers, M., & Balliet, D. (2011). Who volunteers in psychology experiments: An empirical review of prosocial motivation in volunteering. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 279-284.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., & Visser, K. (1999). Locomotion in social dilemmas: How people adapt to cooperative, tit-for-tat, and noncooperative partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 762-773.
- Karremans, J. C., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2008). Forgiveness in personal relationships: Its malleability and powerful consequences. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 202-241.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., De Cremer, D., Van Dijk, E., & Van Vugt, M. (2007). Self-interest and beyond: Basic principles of social interaction. In A. W. Kruglanski & E. T. Higgings (Eds), Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles (2nd Edition, pp. 540-561). New York: Guilford.
- Van Lange, P. A. M., & Rusbult, C. E. (2011). Interdependence theory. P. A. M. Van Lange, A. W. Kruglanski, & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology (Volumes 1 and 2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Bridging Social Psychology
- Interdependence and Social Interaction
Paul van Lange
Faculty of Psychology and Education
VU University Amsterdam
Van der Boechorststraat 1
1081 BT Amsterdam
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- Home: 31-20-6642965
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