Research and Education
After obtaining my master’s degree in Social Psychology from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2009, I started working on a PhD-project on “backlash for gender atypicality” under supervision of prof. Daniel Wigboldus (Radboud University Nijmegen) and prof. Laurie Rudman (Rutgers University). In this project, I studied why people often respond negatively to atypical men and women, such as modest men and competent female leaders.
As of June 1st 2014, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the self regulation-lab for the “promoting effective intentions: volitional scaffolding and bedtime procrastination”-project. Many people report regularly going to bed later than planned without having a valid reason for this (Kroese, De Ridder, Evers & Adriaanse, in press; Kroese, Evers, Adriaanse & de Ridder, in press). Surprisingly, bedtime procrastination as a phenomenon has hardly been studied. In my project, I study if implementation intentions and nudges can be used as effective interventions against bedtime procrastination. Moreover, I am interested in why people procrastinate going to bed, and how bedtime procrastination differs from other forms of procrastination (e.g., academic procrastination). During my postdoc, I will be working with Denise de Ridder and Floor Kroese from the Self Regulation lab, as well as with Joel Anderson and Bart Kamphorst from the department of philosophy.
Selection of Publications
Nauts, S., Langner, O., Huijsmans, I., Vonk, R., & Wigboldus, D. H. (2014). Forming Impressions of Personality. Social Psychology, 45(3), 153-163. pdf
Rudman, L. A., Moss-Racusin, C. A., Phelan, J. E., & Nauts, S. (2012). Status incongruity and backlash effects: Defending the gender hierarchy motivates prejudice against female leaders. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(1), 165-179. pdf
Nauts, S., Metzmacher, M., Verwijmeren, T., Rommeswinkel, V., & Karremans, J. C. (2012). The mere anticipation of an interaction with a woman can impair men’s cognitive performance. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41(4), 1051-1056. pdf