Welcome to the PsySci Lab!

The objective of the PsySci (Psychology of Science) Lab is to better understand what drives the gulf between scientific consensus about facts and public acceptance of those facts. Embedded in the University of Amsterdam’s faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, we study attitudes to science across topics, individuals, and countries.

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Special issue of GPIR on anti-science beliefs available now!

Special issue of GPIR on anti-science beliefs available now!

adminMay 31, 20211 min read

Bastiaan edited a special issue of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations on anti-science beliefs and endorsement of alternative facts. The special issue was just published and can be found here:…

Paper on Science Skepticism Across 24 Countries Out Now!

adminApril 29, 20211 min read

Social Psychological and Personality Science just published a paper by Bastiaan and colleagues in which they investigate science skepticism across various countries. Among other things, they find that spirituality, rather…

Insights on climate change and COVID-19 skepticism

Insights on climate change and COVID-19 skepticism

adminMarch 16, 20211 min read

The University of Amsterdam issued a press release covering recent work by Rutjens, van der Linden, and van der Lee (2021) on how existing research on climate change and vaccine…

New paper on COVID-19 related science skepticism

New paper on COVID-19 related science skepticism

adminMarch 9, 20211 min read

How can research on climate and vaccine skepticism inform understanding COVID-19 related science skepticism? A new paper by Rutjens, van der Linden, and van der Lee (2021) investigates this question.…

New interview on faith in science (NL)

New interview on faith in science (NL)

adminSeptember 7, 20201 min read

With the Dutch Journal Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Voeding & Diëtetiek, Bastiaan discusses public distrust in science and ways to deal with intuition, skepticism, and friction. You can find the full…