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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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Research Output

A comparison of positive youth development against depression and suicidal ideation in youth from Hong Kong and the Netherlands

Leung, C. L. K., Bender, M. & Kwok, S. Y. C. L., 2020, In : International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.

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    Autobiographical recall of mastery experiences is a mechanism of self-affirming under social identity threat

    Tavitian-Elmadjian, L., Bender, M., Van de Vijver, F. J. R., Chasiotis, A. & Harb, C., 2020, In : Journal of Social Psychology. 160, 1, p. 39-60

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    Threat to national identity continuity: When affirmation procedures increase the acceptance of Muslim immigrants

    Badea, C., Bender, M. & Korda, H., 2020, In : International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

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  • Contextualized bilingualism among adolescents from four different ethnic groups in Indonesia

    Tjipta Sari, B., van de Vijver, F., Chasiotis, A. & Bender, M., 2019, In : International Journal of Bilingualism. 23, 6, p. 1469-1482

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    • 1 Editorial activity

    Education Research International (Journal)

    M. Bender (Reviewer)

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