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.

Click here for a key publication discussing various approaches to understanding attitudes towards science.

New paper out! The Psychological Distance to Science Scale

adminSep 12, 20221 min read

In this paper, we present psychological distance to science (PSYDISC) as a domain-general predictor of science skepticism. Over the course of 6 studies, we established the validity and factor structure…

New paper out! The globalizability of temporal discounting

New paper out! The globalizability of temporal discounting

adminJul 15, 20221 min read

Economic inequality is associated with preferences for smaller, immediate gains over larger, delayed ones. In this new paper, we examined whether such temporal discounting is a function of choice preferences…

Conspiracy Beliefs and Science Rejection: New preprint!

Conspiracy Beliefs and Science Rejection: New preprint!

adminJun 8, 20221 min read

In this paper, Bastiaan & Bojana review recent work on the relationship between science rejection and conspiracy beliefs. We explain the differences between general and science-specific conspiracy beliefs and their…

New preprint out: Psychological distance to science as a predictor of science skepticism across domains

New preprint out: Psychological distance to science as a predictor of science skepticism across domains

adminJun 1, 20221 min read

In this paper, we present psychological distance to science (PSYDISC) as a domain-general predictor of science skepticism. Over the course of 5 studies, we established the validity and factor structure…

New paper about the ‘Einstein effect’ and its impact on the perceived credibility of scientific scources.

New paper about the ‘Einstein effect’ and its impact on the perceived credibility of scientific scources.

adminFeb 8, 20221 min read

In this project, we examined how people rate the credibility of scientific statements depending on their own worldview, the kind of source that it came from (scientific vs. spiritual) and…