Dr. Paul A. M. van Lange

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Overview of research

My research focuses on several topics that center on social interaction, such as cooperation and competition, prosocial orientation, forgiveness, trust, generosity, and misunderstanding. These phenomena are often studied in the psychology laboratory at the Vrije Universiteit. In my view, social dillemmas - conflicts between self-interest and collective interests - are among the most important to study. The situations are of primary theoretical interest to understand human cooperation (trust, fairness, forgiveness, competition, and more) and help us understand a variety of important societal issues, from promoting healthy relationships to promoting environmental welfare.