Denise de Ridder

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My research deals with self-regulation processes in health and consumer behavior. I am particularly interested in ways of handling the conflict between striving for long-term goals while dealing with immediate interests that may challenge a future time perspective. How are we able to withstand the desire of giving in to temptations that may interfere with long-term success is a central question of my research that examines the role of self-control and licensing processes in attempts at self-regulation. I am also interested in choice architecture (nudges) as an alternative for interventions aiming at behavior change.


As a teacher I am involved in courses on Personality & Health, Self-Regulation, Nudges, and a series of lectures on debates that involve psychological insights. I am the director of the bachelor Honours program of the Faculty of Social Sciences. I also contribute to the Research Master Program Social and Health Psychology: Research in Behavioral Regulation.

Selection of Publications

Mann, T., De Ridder, D.T.D., & Fujita, K. (2013). Self-Regulation of health behavior: Social psychological approaches to goal setting and goal striving. Health Psychology, 32, 487-498. pdf

De Ridder, D.T.D.,  Lensvelt-Mulders, G., Finkenauer, C., Stok, F.M., & Baumeister, R.F. (2012). Taking stock of self-control: A meta-analysis of how trait self-control relates to a wide range of behaviors. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 76-99. pdf

De Ridder, D., Geenen, R., Kuijer, R.G., & Van Middendorp (2008). Psychological adjustment to chronic disease. The Lancet, 372, 246-255 pdf

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