Michael Bender

Michael Bender


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 421

    5037 DB Tilburg



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Research interests

My work connects personality motivation (implicit and explicit), autobiographical memory, and cross-cultural psychology (e.g., acculturation, biculturalism).

One exemplary question that arises from this link is: Why do people talk differently about their lives in different cultural contexts, and what purposes does this serve? Drawing on an evolutionary, developmental approach to explain cultural variance, I am interested in finding out how such differences and similarities across cultural contexts can inform a more universal, cross-cultural perspective on psychology.



2006.09 - PhD / University of Osnabrück, Germany

2003.10 - M.A. / Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany


2010.09 - / Assistant Professor, Tilburg University

2008.08 - 2010.08 / Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow , Tilburg University

2013.11 / 2012.11 / 2011.11 / 2010.06 / 2009.08 / 2008.11-12 / 2008.05-06 Visiting Fellow, City University of Hong Kong

2006.09 - 2008.05 / Postdoctoral Fellow, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, USA

2004.01 - 2006.08 / Research Associate, University of Osnabrück, Germany

2003.10 - 2003.12 / Research Associate, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

PhD supervision

Supervision of Postdoctoral Projects

Tausová, J. (2016-). The relationship between dispositional resources and acculturation trajectories while adjusting to life abroad.


PhD Supervision / PhD committees

Ghazzawi, R. (2016-). Dispositional antecedents of Jobcrafting in cross-cultural comparison. [working title]

Sari, T. (2013-). Contextualization of the role of bilingualism and parental cultural maintenance behavior for well-being and ethnic identity among teenagers. [working title]

Tavitian. Lucy (2013-). Acculturation and Autobiographical memories across contexts and immigrant groups: Why and where we reminisce! [working title]

Aydinli, A. (2010-2016). It?s More Than You Can Tell: The Implicit Side of Helping. [now Assistant Professor Bahçe?ehir University, ?stanbul, Turkey]


Celenk, Ozgur (2009-2013). ?You and I?: Does it mean the same across cultures? Dynamics of couple relationships in Turkey and the Netherlands.

Dimitrova, R. (2009-2013). Does your identity make you happy? Collective identifications and acculturation of youth in post-communist Europe. [now Associate Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden]

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