Lab members

Bastiaan Rutjens

Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens is an assistant professor at the Psychology Research Institute of the University of Amsterdam, where he runs the PsySci lab. His research interests are in social and cultural psychology, within which he focuses on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews. Most of his research targets the psychology of science. Currently, his research is funded by an ERC starting grant. Find Bastiaan’s CV here, and find our more about Bastiaan here.


Natalia Zarzeczna

Dr. Natalia Zarzeczna is a research associate at the psychology department of the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in belief systems, stereotypes, and prejudice. Currently, she is working with Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens on a project to examine the role of psychological distance in science scepticism. She obtained her PhD at Cardiff University (UK) and subsequently worked as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK) before joining the UvA. Click here for more information.


Bojana Véckalov

Bojana Većkalov is a PhD researcher at the psychology department of the University of Amsterdam, where she is investigating psychological distance to science as a determinant of science scepticism under the supervision of Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens and Prof. Dr. Frenk van Harreveld. Before joining the UvA, she completed her studies in psychology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is interested in how belief systems such as science scepticism and conspiracy beliefs are formed and in the consequences they have for individuals and society. Click here for more information.


Esther Niehoff

Esther Niehoff is a research assistant in the PsySci Lab under the supervision of Dr. Bastiaan Rutjens. Next to supporting research projects on the role of psychological distance in science skepticism, she teaches tutorial classes in Psychology at PPLE College. She obtained her Research Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam with a major in Social Psychology and minors in Brain & Cognition and Research Methodology. She is particularly interested in data-driven approaches to psychological science.


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