Section Social and Organizational Psychology

This group focuses on three interrelated research themes: Trust, leadership, and cooperation (TLC). People often find themselves in social situations – with strangers, colleagues, friends, or close partners. These social interactions largely define us, but they can be quite challenging too. Social Psychology (the basic science) and Organizational Psychology (her applied sister) help us understand those challenges and can answer fundamental questions about human sociality such as: 

  • How do people behave in social dilemmas? 
  • What makes us trust or distrust one another? 
  • How do leaders behave in organizations? 
  • ow do teams manage their complex group dynamics? 
To answer these questions, we draw from a broad range of research methods including surveys, economic games, observations, dynamic interaction analysis, cognitive and neuroscience methods. For up-to-date information on news, events, and research activities in our department, please visit the website VUpsy.