Jan De HouwerMailing address: Jan De Houwer
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.liplab.ugent.be/methusalem ). Other research interests include associative learning, stimulus-response compatibility, and attentional bias.
I (co-)authored more than 190 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” and “Psychological Bulletin”.
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 29 December 2013) including a reference to all my publications.
Some papers (chapters and difficult to locate papers) can be found below
Most of my papers are available at the following webpage: www.liplab.ugent.be (password is “implicit”) and at my ResearchGate page ( https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_De_Houwer/ )
If you have problems locating papers, please email me at : Jan.DeHouwer@UGent.be
Bossuyt, E., Moors, A., &
De Houwer, J. (in press). Unexpected and just missed: The separate influence of
the appraisals of expectancy and proximity on negative emotions. Emotion.
Bossuyt, E., Moors, A., & De Houwer, J. (in press). Unexpected and just missed: The separate influence of the appraisals of expectancy and proximity on negative emotions. Emotion.
Bossuyt, E., Moors, A., & De Houwer, J. (in press). On angry approach and fearful avoidance: The goal-dependent nature of emotional approach and avoidance tendencies. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
De Houwer, J., Gawronski, B., & Barnes-Holmes, D. (in press). A functional-cognitive framework for attitude research. European Review of Social Psychology.
Everaert, T., Spruyt, A., Rossi, V., Pourtois, G., & De Houwer, J. (in press). Feature-specific attention allocation overrules the orienting response to emotional stimuli. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
Raes, A. K., De Houwer, J., De Schryver, M., Brass, M., & Kalisch, R. (in press). Do CS-US pairings actually matter? A within-subject comparison of instructed fear conditioning with and without actual CS-US pairings. PLoS ONE.
Spruyt, A., Klauer, K. C., Gast, A., De Schryver, M., & De Houwer, J. (in press). Feature-specific attention modulates the generalization of recently acquired likes and dislikes. Experimental Psychology.
Van Bockstaele, B., Verschuere, B., Tibboel, H., De Houwer, J., Crombez, G., & Koster, E. (in press). A review of current evidence for the causal impact of attentional bias on fear and anxiety. Psychological Bulletin.
Van Ryckeghem, D. M. L., De Houwer, J., Van Bockstaele, B., Van Damme, S., De Schryver, M., Crombez, G. (in press). Implicit associations between pain and self-schema in chronic pain patients. Pain.
De Houwer, J., & Hermans, D. (2010). Cognition & Emotion: Reviews of
current research and theories.
- Remue, J., De Houwer, J., Barnes-Holmes, D., Vanderhasselt, M.-A., & De Raedt, R. (2013). Self-esteem revisited: Performance on the implicit relational assessment procedure as a measure of self- versus ideal self-related cognitions in dysphoria. Cognition & Emotion, 27, 1441-1449. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.786681
- 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 paper).
(be sure to enter "1" or "2" as subject code because this determines which counterbalancing condition will be applied)
See CV for all references.
- Gast, A., Gawronski, B., & De Houwer, J. (2012). Evaluative Conditioning: Recent developments and future directions. Learning and Motivation, 43, 79-88.
- 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:
- Raes, A. K., De Houwer, J., De Schryver, M., Brass, M., & Kalisch, R. (in press). Do CS-US pairings actually matter? A within-subject comparison of instructed fear conditioning with and without actual CS-US pairings. PLoS ONE.
- 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., Gawronski, B., & Barnes-Holmes, D. (in press). A functional-cognitive framework for attitude research. European Review of Social Psychology.
- De Houwer, J., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Moors, A. (2013). What is learning? On the nature and merits of a functional definition of learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 631-642. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-013-0386-3
- 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 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), Hendrik Slabbinck (now a lecturer at Ghent University), and Riccardo Zanon.
I’m head of the research group
“Learning and Implicit processes” at
I am a member of the research
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2012-present)
- Member of the Editorial Board, Psychological Bulletin (2014-present)
- Member of the Editorial Board, Personality and Social Psychology Review (2014-present)
- Honorary Member of the Editorial Board, Cognition & Emotion (2014-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)
12-12-1968: Born in
1991: Master in
1997: PhD in Psychology,
1998: Lecturer in Psychology,
2004: 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 29 December 2013.