tilburg belief systems lab – people



Mark Brandt (pi)

20130224_164213I am an associate professor in the Department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University. The overarching goal of my research program is to understand how ideological and moral beliefs – such as political ideology, religious fundamentalism, and moral conviction – structure attitudes and behaviors and provide people with meaning. [CV | Email]


Felicity Turner-Zwinkels (Postdoc)

Felicity just started in the lab to work on networks and belief systems. Prior to Tilburg, she worked at the University of Lausanne and University of Groningen. This space will be updated soon. To learn more about Felicity now, you can check out her Google Scholar page.

Nina Spälti (PhD student)

NinaTogether with my supervisors Mark Brandt and Marcel Zeelenberg, I am working on gaining a better understanding of the cognitive mechanisms underlying the status quo and system justification biases. Specifically, I focus on how people process their decision-relevant information when making a choice about maintaining or changing the current state of affairs. [CV]

Mehmet Necip Tunç (PhD Student)

mehmetMy research interests mainly focus on the underlying emotional processes in political decision making. Currently I am working with my supervisors Mark Brandt and Marcel Zeelenberg on how negative emotions resulting from previous political events might be related to subsequent political behaviour. [CV]

Rabia Kodapanakkal (PhD Student)

rabiaTogether with my supervisors, Mark Brandt, Christoph Kogler, and Ilja van Beest, I am investigating how people think morally about the uses of big data and underlying factors that drive this process. Specifically, I am interested in examining why people value some moral tradeoffs more than others, how self-interest and individuals’ ideologies play a role in these moral decisions, and how these moral tradeoffs affect real world outcomes and relationships between people and governments/corporations. [CV]

Lab Alum

Fieke Wagemans (2018), Postdoc, Institute for Socio Economics, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Research Masters Students and Research Assistants

The lab has benefited from the research masters students and other dedicated research assistants: Hilmar Brohmer, Victor van Buuren, Linda Doyle, Tünde van Hoek, Linda Oosterwijk, Felix Pahl, Jan Völkel, Joeri Wissink

Consistent Collaborators

Jarret CrawfordAnthony EvansPJ HenryWilhelm HofmannToon KuppensChristine ReynaLinda SkitkaRussell SpearsDaryl van TongerenGeoff WetherellDan WisneskiMarcel Zeelenberg

Joining the Lab

Depending on your career stage, there are multiple ways to join the lab. If you are interested in a masters degree, you can work with the lab as part of your work towards a Research Masters in Social and Behavioral Science at Tilburg University. Open PhD positions and postdoc positions funded by the department are rarer (when available, posted here). However, there are opportunities for external funding.  If you have a PhD and are interested in a postdoc you can apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (helpful advice on this blog). There may be additional external funding opportunities from your own country and this list might help you find them. Contact Mark if you plan to apply for external funding to work with the lab.