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Wijnand Van Tilburg

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Essex

I am an experimental social psychologist. My research mainly concerns the study of emotion in context of interpersonal judgment and decision making. Within these areas I have been particularly active in the study of boredom and nostalgia.

I received my Bachelor's and Research Master's degrees in psychology from Tilburg University in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In 2011, I completed my PhD degree at the University of Limerick, investigating the psychological signature and consequences of boredom. This was followed by a post as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in psychology. In April 2013, I joined the School of Psychology of the University of Southampton as Research Fellow and was Lecturer in the Psychology Department of King's College London from September 2015 to November 2019. I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex in November 2019.

I currently co-supervise the following PhD students:
Yuen Yan (Katy) Tam
King's College London
Project: The unbearable boredom of being: Examining the relations between boredom beliefs, experience, and coping

Shilei Chen
King's College London
Project: How self-objectification affects women's prosocial behaviors

Sahana Shankar
King's College London
Project: Overcoming the era of #FakeNews: A contingency learning approach

Robert MacRory-Crowley
University of Limerick
Project: Physical, verbal and behavioral cues is person perception


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    Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Essex