Jan De HouwerMailing address: Jan De Houwer
I received my Master and PhD degree in
Psychology from the
My research concerns the manner in which spontaneous (automatic) preferences are learned and can be measured. Regarding the learning of preferences, I focus on the role of stimulus pairings (associative learning) and instructions about stimulus pairings. With regard to the measurement of preferences, I developed new reaction time measures and examined the processes underlying various measures. In 2008, I received a 7 year Methusalem grant to continue my research on these topics (see http://www.implicit.ugent.be/ ). Other research interests include associative learning, stimulus-response compatibility, and attentional bias.
I (co-)authored more than 170 publications in international journals including Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Between 2007 and 2012, I was acting co-editor of the journal “Cognition and Emotion”. I am currently a member of the editorial board of several journals including Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Experimental Psychology, and Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.
I am head of the research group “Learning and
Implicit Processes” at
CONTENT OF SITE:
In press paper + download preprints / chapters
Main research topics + download main publications
Teaching and admin
Short Curriculum Vitae
Download full CV here (last update 15 January 2012) including a reference to all my publications.
Some papers (mainly in press papers, chapters and difficult to locate papers) can be found below
Most of my papers are available at the following webpage: http://www.implicit.ugent.be/liplab/pub.html (password is “implicit”)
If you have problems locating papers, please email me at : Jan.DeHouwer@UGent.be
- Asendorpf, J. B., Conner, M., De Fruyt, F., De Houwer, J., Denissen, J. J. A., Fiedler, K., Fiedler, S., Funder, D. C., Kliegl, R., Nosek, B. A., Perugini, M., Roberts, B. W., Schmitt, M., van Aken, M. A. G, Weber, H., Wicherts, J. M. (in press). Recommendations for increasing replicability in psychology. European Journal of Personality. Click here
- De Houwer, J., & Smith, C. (in press). Go with your gut! Effects of Affect Misattribution Procedures become stronger when participants are encouraged to rely on their gut feelings. Social Psychology. Click here
- Everaert, T., Spruyt, A., & De Houwer, J. (in press). On the malleability of automatic attentional biases: Effects of feature-specific attention allocation. Cognition & Emotion. Click here
- Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (in press). Evaluative conditioning in the absence of directly experienced CS-US pairings. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Click here
- Krieglmeyer, R., De Houwer, J., & Deutsch, R. (in press). On the nature of automatically triggered approach-avoidance behavior. Emotion Review. Click here
- Moors, A., De Houwer, J., Hermans, D., Wanmaker, S., van Schie, K., Van Harmelen, A., De Schryver, M., De Winne, J., & Brysbaert, M., (under review). Norms of valence, arousal, dominance, and age of acquisition for 4300 Dutch words. Behavior Research Methods. Click here for the paper and here for the word norms
- Schouppe, N., De Houwer, J., Ridderinkhof, K. R., & Notebaert, W. (in press). Conflict: Run! Reduced Stroop interference with avoidance responses. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Click here
- Slabbinck, H., De Houwer, J., & Van Kenhove, P. (in press). The Pictorial Attitude Implicit Association Test for need for affiliation. Personality and Individual Differences. Click here
- Smith, C. T., De Houwer, J., & Nosek, B. A. (in press). Consider the source: Persuasion of implicit evaluations is moderated by source credibility. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Click here
- Vogt, J., De Houwer, J., Van Damme, S., & Crombez, G. (in press). Competing for attentional priority: Temporary goals versus threats. Emotion. Click here
Houwer, J., & Hermans, D. (2010). Cognition & Emotion: Reviews
of current research and theories.
- De Houwer, J., Teige-Mocigemba, S., Spruyt, A., & Moors, A. (2009). Implicit measures: A normative analysis and review. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 347-368. Click here
- De Houwer, J., & Moors, A.
(2010). Implicit measures: Similarities and differences. In B.
Gawronski, & B. K. Payne (Eds.), Handbook of implicit social cognition:
Measurement, theory, and applications.
- De Houwer, J., & De Bruycker, E. (2007). The Implicit Association Test outperforms the Extrinsic Affective Simon Task as a measure of interindividual differences in attitudes. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 401-421. Click here
Here you can
download an Inquisit
program for a standard EAST experiment (similar to Experiment 1 of my EAST
(be sure to enter "1" or "2" as subject code because this determines which counterbalancing condition will be applied)
See CV for all references.
- Hofmann, W., De Houwer, J., Perugini, M., Baeyens, F., & Crombez, G. (2010). Evaluative conditioning in humans: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin 136, 390-421. Click here
- De Houwer, J. (2007). A conceptual and theoretical analysis of evaluative conditioning. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 10, 230-241. Click here
- De Houwer, J., Baeyens, F., & Field, A. P. (2005). Associative learning of likes and dislikes: Some current controversies and possible ways forward. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 161-174. Click here
- De Houwer, J., Thomas, S., & Baeyens, F. (2001). Associative learning of likes and dislikes: A review of 25 years of research on human evaluative conditioning. Psychological Bulletin, 127, 853–869. Click here
See CV for all references.
- Mitchell, C. J., De Houwer, J., & Lovibond, P. F. (2009). The propositional nature of human associative learning. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 183-198. Click here
- De Houwer, J. (2009). The propositional approach to associative learning as an alternative for association formation models. Learning & Behavior, 37, 1-20. Click here
- De Houwer, J., & Beckers, T. (2002). A review of recent developments in research and theory on human contingency learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 55B, 289-310. Click here
See CV for all references.
Learning via instruction:
Main publications on this topic:
- Liefooghe, B., Wenke, D., & De Houwer, J. (2012). Instruction-based task-rule congruency effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 38, 1325-1335. Click here
- De Houwer, J., Beckers, T., Vandorpe, S., & Custers, R. (2005). Further evidence for the role of mode-independent short-term associations in spatial Simon effects. Perception & Psychophysics, 67, 659-666. Click here
See CV for all references.
Inspired by the work of my mentor Paul Eelen (1980), I have started thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of current practice in psychological research and theorizing. This resulted in a paper (De Houwer, 2011) that was published in a special section of Perspectives on Psychological Science that I edited together with Klaus Fiedler and Agnes Moors. I’m working on related paper that apply these ideas to attitude research, learning research, cognitive control, and the relevance of conditioning research for anxiety disorders.
- De Houwer, J. (2011). Why the cognitive approach in psychology would profit from a functional approach and vice versa. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 202-209. Click here
The Stroop effect was the topic of my Master thesis (completed in 1991). In a number of experiments, I tested the model of Stroop performance proposed by Glaser and Glaser. As a spin-off of my research on the Extrinsic Affective Simon Task, I've also written some papers on the role extrinsic (i.e., short-term) S-R associations in various SRC tasks (e.g., De Houwer, 2003, 2004; De Houwer et al., 2005).
I have been involved in a number of recent studies on attentional bias effects, mainly as a collaborator of Ernst Koster, Karin Mogg, and Brendan Bradley. More recently, Julia Vogt has been conducting research on the effects of goals on attentional bias (see Vogt et al., 2009). I’m also supervising the PhD of Helen Tibboel who is conducting research using the attentional blink paradigm (see Tibboel et al., 2009).
Teaching, Graduate Supervision, and Admin
Since 2002, I teach the second year course on Learning Psychology. I am also supervising the PhD of Riccardo Zanon (with Anne Gast), Marijke Theeuwes (with Baptist Liefooghe), Niclas Heider (with Adriaan Spruyt), Pieter Van Dessel (with Anne Gast), Gaetan Mertens (with Marcel Brass), and Jolien Vanaelst (with Adriaan Spruyt). I have been the (co-)supervisor of the PhD of Tom Beckers (now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leuven), Agnes Moors (who is now working as a post-doc and part-time lecturer in my lab), Tom Meersmans, Adriaan Spruyt (now a post-doc in my lab), Delphine Vantomme, Els De Bruycker, Stefaan Vandorpe, Marieke Dewitte (now a postdoc at my department and lecturer at the University of Maastricht), Mieke Declercq, Julia Vogt (now a postdoc in my lab and at Chicago Booth Business School), Helen Tibboel (now a postdoc at my lab), Tom Everaert (now a postdoc at my lab), Evelien Bossuyt (now a postdoc with Agnes Moors), and Hendrik Slabbinck (now a lecturer at Ghent University).
head of the research group “Learning and Implicit processes” at
am a member of the research council of
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2012-present)
- Member of the Editorial Board, Experimental Psychology (2001-present)
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry (2006-present).
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Psychopathology (2010 – present)
- Member of the Advisory Board, Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science (2012 - present)
- Member of the Editorial Board, Psychopathology Review (2013-present)
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Open Psychology Data (2013-present)
- Editor of Cognition and Emotion (together with Dirk Hermans) (2007: Editor Designate; 2008 – 2013: Editor)
- Associate Editor, Cognition & Emotion (2001-2006)
- Editor-Designate (together with Dirk Hermans), Cognition & Emotion, 2007.
- Associate Editor, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2005-2006)
- Consulting Editor for Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2005-2006)
Master in Psychology,
PhD in Psychology,
Lecturer in Psychology,
Awarded the prize of Laureate of the Royal Academy of Sciences (
2006: Proximus for the Honorary Doctoral Degree awarded to Prof. Robert Rescorla.
2007: Appointed as Co-editor of Cognition and Emotion (together with Dirk Hermans)
2008: Awarded Methusalem financing
2012: Awarded IUAP financing
Last modified 20 December 2012.