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Ilja van Beest


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 419

    5037 DB Tilburg


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Research interests

Prof. dr. Ilja van Beest is department head of the Social Psychology department, program leader of its research program called Social Decision making, and board member of the Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Research (Tiber). His primary research interests lie in the domain of group and interpersonal processes with a specific focus on coalition formation, conflict detection, ostracism, fairness, deception, trust, emotions and symptom attribution. His research won several (inter)national prizes. Most notable awards are the best dissertation award of the Dutch society for social psychology for research on coalition formation, the Ig-nobel prize for research on symptom attribution ( He currently is/has been associate editor of the ISI journal Social Influence, the ISI journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations and founding board member of the journal Behavioral Public Policy. Van Beest teaches/has taught courses on social psychology, social influence, interpersonal behavior, group dynamics, negotiation, and leadership.

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Research Output 1997 2018

A sweeter win: When others help us outperform them

de Waal-Andrews, W. G. & van Beest, I. 2018 In : Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 74, p. 218-230

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
social cognition
Mental Competency

Communication of anger versus disappointment in bargaining and the moderating role of power

Van Dijk, E., van Beest, I., van Kleef, G. A. & Lelieveld, G. 2018 In : Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. 31, 5, p. 632-643

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Effects of facial skin smoothness and blemishes on trait impressions

Jaeger, B., Wagemans, F. M. A., Evans, A. M. & van Beest, I. 2018 In : Perception. 47, 6, p. 608-625

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Physiostracism: A case for non-invasive measures of arousal in ostracism research

van Beest, I. & Sleegers, W. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Current directions in ostracism, social exclusion and rejection research. Rudert, S. C., Greifeneder, R. & Williams, K. D. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


Taboo gesticulations as a response to pain

Jacobs, M., van Beest, I. & Stephens, R. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Scandinavian Journal of Pain.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Oral presentation

Social exclusion increases susceptibility to persuasion strategies that appeal to the need to belong

Janssen, L. (Speaker), van Beest, I. (Speaker), N.L. Mead (Speaker)

Activity: Oral presentationScientific