Junhui Wu, Msc.

PhD student

Research Interests

My research interests include (a) social value orientation, (b) gossip, reputation and indirect reciprocity, (c) prosociality, trust and cooperation. Under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Balliet and Prof. dr. Paul van Lange, and financially supported by China Scholarship Council (CSC) and VU University Amsterdam, my Ph.D project mainly focuses on (a) the social functions of gossip and reputation in promoting trust and cooperation, and the potential mechanisms underlying these effects, (b) how and in what situations gossip can be a more efficient social control system to promote and maintain cooperation.

Part of my research applies various social dilemma paradigms (e.g., dictator game, trust game, public goods game) to test my research questions, using the Software Platform for Human Interaction Experiments (SoPHIE). This platform is completely web-based and is well-suited to run internet experiments but can also be used for traditional lab experiments.


Recent publications

Balliet, D., Wu, J., & De Dreu, C. K. W. (2014). Ingroup favoritism in cooperation: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin. 140, 1556-1581. doi: 10.1037/a0037737