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Marijke van Putten

Marijke van Putten

I graduated in psychology at Leiden University and received my Ph.D. from Tilburg University. After this, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Marketing Department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Since September 2009, I've worked at Leiden University as assistant professor of Economi and Consumer Psychology.

My research focuses on decision making -- specifically, on the question when people decide not to act. For example, I study the roles of missed opportunities and mixed feelings in staying inactive, and I am interested in who especially tends to involve previous events in their decisions, when this leads to action/inaction, and when to positive/negative feelings.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Van Putten, M., Zeelenberg, M., van Dijk, E., & Tykocinski, O. E. (2013). Inaction inertia. European Review of Social Psychology, 123-159. doi: 10.1080/10463283.2013.841481
  • Van Putten, M., Zeelenberg, M., & Van Dijk, E. (2013). How consumers deal with missed discounts: Transaction decoupling, action orientation and inaction inertia. Journal of Economic Psychology, 38, 104-110. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2012.09.008.
  • Van Putten, M., Zeelenberg, M., & Van Dijk, E. (2010). Who throws good money after bad? Action vs. state orientation moderates the sunk cost fallacy. Judgment and Decision Making, 5, 33-36
  • Van Putten, M., Zeelenberg, M., & Van Dijk, E. (2009). Dealing with missed opportunities: Action vs. state orientation moderates inaction inertia. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 808-815.
  • Van Putten, M., Zeelenberg, M., & Van Dijk, E. (2008). Multiple options in the past and the present: The impact on inaction inertia. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 21, 519-531.
  • Van Putten, M., Zeelenberg, M., & Van Dijk, E. (2007). Decoupling the past from the present attenuates inaction inertia. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 20, 65-79.
  • Zeelenberg, M., Nijstad, B., Van Putten, M., & Van Dijk, E. (2006). Inaction inertia, regret, and valuation: A closer look. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 101, 89-104.
  • Zeelenberg, M., & Van Putten, M. (2005). The dark side of discounts: How missing a discount may promote brand switching. Psychology and Marketing, 22, 611-622.

Courses Taught:

  • Cooperation and Conflict
  • Psychology of Selling and Advertising

Marijke van Putten
Department of Social and Organizational Psychology
Leiden University
Wassenaarseweg 52
2300 RB Leiden
The Netherlands

  • Phone: +31 (0)71 5276845
  • Fax: +31 (0)71 5273619

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