Harm Veling

In 2007 I received my PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen. In my dissertation I examined cognitive inhibitory processes that facilitate goal-directed behavior. Since 2007 I am working as a post-doc at Utrecht University. I am basically interested in the question of how behavior is controlled, and how it can be changed. For instance, my research currently focuses on how perception of rewarding objects (e.g., attractive foods) leads to impulsive behaviors, and how such impulses can be controlled automatically and nonconsciously. I argue that one way of effectively controlling such impulses is by linking rewarding objects to motor inhibition, so that mere perception of such objects automatically puts behavior on hold.

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Representative publications

Veling, H., Aarts, H., & Papies, E. K. (in press). Using stop signals to inhibit chronic dieters' responses toward palatable foods. Behaviour Research and Therapy.
Veling H., Ruys, K. I., & Aarts, H. (in press). Anger as a hidden motivator: Associating attainable products with anger turns them into rewards. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Veling, H., & Aarts, H. (2011). Unintentional preparation of motor impulses after incidental perception of need-rewarding objects. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 1131-1138.
Veling, H., Aarts, H., & Stroebe, W. (2011). Fear signals inhibit impulsive behavior toward rewarding food objects. Appetite, 56, 643-648.
Veling, H., & Aarts, H. (2009). Putting behavior on hold decreases reward value of need-instrumental objects outside of awareness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1020-1023.

Contact information

Utrecht University
Dept. of Psychology
PO Box 80140
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands
T: +31 30 253 67 11
F: +31 30 253 47 18

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