About me

Bastiaan1I am an assistant professor at the Psychology Research Institute of the University of Amsterdam, where my PsySci lab is based. My research interests are in social and cultural psychology, within which I focus on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews. Most of my research targets the psychology of science.


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Short bio

I have master’s degrees in Psychology of Culture and Religion (Radboud University Nijmegen; 2004) and Social Psychology (University of Amsterdam; 2006) and a PhD in Social Psychology (University of Amsterdam, 2012; cum laude).
In 2012-2013 I  worked as a postdoc at the University of British Columbia, at the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture (HECC) and the Heine Lab. I have been working at the University of Amsterdam since 2014 and am involved in several research projects with my colleagues at the Amsterdam Uncertainty Lab and many others. In 2019 I started the Psychology of Science (PsySci) lab.

From 2014-2017, my research was funded by the AXA Research Fund. In 2019 I was awarded an ERC starting grant on the psychology of science skepticism. I serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Journal of Environmental Psychology and am a fellow at the Young Academy of Europe.

Contact me at: bastiaan.rutjens@gmail.com