I started studying social psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen. During the Research Master’s program at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University Nijmegen, I did research on the flexible embodiment of the self. In October 2008, I started a PhD-project at Utrecht University under supervision of Henk Aarts and Harm Veling.
In my research, I investigate the effects of consciously and unconsciously perceived reward cues, such as money, on goal-directed behavior. I found that unconscious rewards usually boost cognitive performance, but conscious reflection on high rewards can, ironically, also lead to decreased performance. I am particularly interested in interactions between the effects of people’s conscious reward expectations and the effects of unconscious motivational processes elicited by the perception of reward cues.
Zedelius, C. M., Veling, H., & Aarts, H. (in press). When unconscious rewards boost cognitive task performance inefficiently: The role of consciousness in integrating value and attainability information. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Research.
Zedelius, C. M., Veling, H., Bijleveld, E., & Aarts, H. (in press). Promising high monetary rewards for future task performance increases intermediate task performance. PLoS ONE.
Zedelius, C. M., Veling, H., & Aarts, H. (in press). I was Unaware and I Needed the Money! Success and Failure in Behavioral Regulation toward Consciously and Unconsciously Perceived Monetary Cues. Social Cognition.
Zedelius, C. M., Veling, H., & Aarts, H. (2011). Boosting or choking: How conscious and unconscious reward processing modulate the active maintenance of goal-relevant information. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 355-362.
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