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)

FB_IMG_1549358531306My research explores the extent that political belief systems can be conceptualized and measured as psychological networks. This research takes the new perspective that attitudes and beliefs might directly and dynamically influence each other rather than indicate an overarching, latent factor (e.g., liberal or conservatism). Through this research I aim to deepen our understanding of the structure of political beliefs and how and why they impact political behaviour. [CV]

Nina Spälti (PhD student)


Together with my supervisors, Mark Brandt and Marcel Zeelenberg, I am working to gain a better understanding of how decision process information shapes the decisions people make and how it influences decision maker’s reputations. Using a wide variety of decision making contexts, I measure how changes in decision processing can alter decisions and how expressing decision process information to others can lead to changes in character evaluations. [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

Starting academic year 2020, I (Mark) am moving to Michigan State University to join the Department of Psychology and the joint Psychology/Political Science Minority Politics cluster. I will be recruiting PhD students etc., but I do not have the details yet. If you have a PhD and are interested in a postdoc, there may be 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. If you are a bachelors student, please consider MSU’s Summer Research Opportunity Program