Guido van Koningsbruggen

I received my MA degree in 2003 from the VU University Amsterdam. In 2004 I started as a PhD-student at the same university investigating the impact of self-affirmation on the processing and acceptance of threatening information. More specifically, I examined the effect of self-affirmation on health information processing under different levels of self-threat. As of November 2008, I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University.

My primary research interest concerns social cognition and (health) behavior change. My current work focuses on social cognitive determinants of successful self-regulation in the domain of eating and dieting behavior. This work involves both fundamental research on cognitive and motivational processes as well as applied studies on changing dieting behavior.

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Representative publications

Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Stroebe, W., Papies, E.K., & Aarts, H. (2011). Implementation intentions as goal primes: Boosting self-control in tempting environments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 551-557. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.799 Download article

Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2011). Through the eyes of dieters: Biased size perception of food following tempting food primes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 47, 293-299. Download article

Hofmann, W., Van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Stroebe, W., Ramanathan, S., & Aarts, H. (2010). As pleasure unfolds: Hedonic responses to tempting food. Psychological Science, 21, 1863-1870. Download article

Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Das, E., & Roskos-Ewoldsen, D.R. (2009). How self-affirmation reduces defensive processing of threatening health information: Evidence at the implicit level. Health Psychology, 28, 563-568. Download article

Van Koningsbruggen, G. M., & Das, E. (2009). Don’t derogate this message! Self-affirmation promotes online type 2 diabetes risk test taking. Psychology and Health, 24, 635-649. Download article

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Contact information

Utrecht University
Dept. of Psychology
PO Box 80140
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands
T: +31 30 253 9189
F: +31 30 253 47 18

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