Anouk van der Weiden

In 2004 I started studying Psychology at Utrecht University. During my study, I discovered my passion for social psychology and experimental research. I graduated from Utrecht University’s Master in Social Psychology (cum laude) in 2008 on my Thesis that addressed the effect of observed gaze-shifts on object desirability. 

After graduating, I commenced a PhD project at the department of social psychology at Utrecht University, supervised by Henk Aarts and Kirsten I. Ruys. In my PhD project I investigated when and how people experience that they are causing (intended as well as unintended) behavioral outcomes, also referred to as the experience of self-agency. 

Currently, I work as a post-doc at the Psychiatry Department of the University Medical Centre in Utrecht on a project that deals with the implications of experienced self-agency for social interaction in health and schizophrenia.

My main research interests are the experience of self-agency, joint action, theory of mind, conscious and nonconsious processes, eye gaze & joint attention.

Representative publications

van der Weiden, A., Ruys, K. I., & Aarts, H. (2012). A Matter of Matching: How Goals and Primes Affect Self-Agency Experiences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Download article  

van der Weiden, A., Aarts, H., & Ruys, K. I. (2011). Prime and probability: Causal knowledge affects inferential and predictive effects on self-agency experiences. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 1865-1871. Download article

van der Weiden, A., Aarts, H., & Ruys, K. I. (2010). Reflecting on the action or its outcome: Behavior representation level modulates high level outcome priming effects on self-agency experiences. Consciousness and Cognition, 19, 21-32. Download article

van der Weiden, A., Veling, H., & Aarts, H. (2010). When observing gaze shifts of others enhances object desirability. Emotion, 10, 939-943. Download article

Contact information

Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience

Dept. of Psychiatry, UMC Utrecht

A.01.126

PO Box 85500

3508 GA Utrecht

The Netherlands

 

T: +31 88 775 6369

F: +31 88 775 5443

a.vanderweiden@umcutrecht.nl