News and Media


  • September 2018: Belief systems and the perception of reality now published

This book focuses on the social psychology of belief systems and how they influence perceptions of reality. These belief systems, from politics to religion to science, shape one’s thoughts and views, but also can be the cause of conflict and disagreement over values, particularly when they are enacted in political policies. More information can be found here

  • May 2018: I wrote an essay on science distrust which was published at Aeon
  • January 2018: With colleagues from the UK and the Netherlands I am currently running a large-scale comparative research project on science skepticism in European and Asian countries.
  • December 2017: New paper out on science skepticism. See UvA news here (Dutch) and here (English).

Research-related media

Science skepticism paper (2017)

Perceived morality of scientists paper (2016)

Religion and the existential function of belief in social-moral progress paper (2016)

Affirming scientific progress paper (2014)

Stage Theory paper (2013)

Deus or Darwin paper (2010)

Yes we can paper (2010)

Things will get better paper (2009)


Psychology of superstition media