Dr. Jaap W. Ouwerkerk



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+31 20 59 86911
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j.w.ouwerkerk@vu.nl
faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afdeling communicatiewetenschap )
Associate Professor

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Informatie in het Nederlands

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Presence

3 days a week (varying days)

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About

Jaap Ouwerkerk is Associate Professor in Communication Science at the VU University Amsterdam. He started his scientific career at the University of Amsterdam (UVA), where he worked as a student assistant for research and graduated in Work and Organizational Psychology. He subsequently obtained his PhD in Social Psychology at the VU, where he worked also as a Postdoc for two years. After obtaining a Personal Postdoc Subsidy from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), he returned to the UVA to work on a research project at the Department of Social Psychology. On completion of this project, he joined the Department of Communication Science at the VU, first as an Assistant Professor, and later as an Associate Professor.

His research on various topics such as schadenfreude, social identity theory, intergroup relations, ostracism, and cooperation has resulted in numerous publications in high ranked scientific journals (e.g., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Emotion, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology). His current research focuses on the dark side of human communication, and aims to increase our understanding of when and why misfortunes depicted in the media evoke pleasure (i.e., schadenfreude). In addition, he studies determinants of deviant cyberbehavior in organizations.

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Specialization

  • Media psychology
  • Organizational Communication
  • Intergroup Communication

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Current research

  • Deviant reactions to media content (schadenfreude, negative word-of-mouth)
  • Deviant cyberbehavior in organizations (cyberloafing, cyberostracism, cyberincivility)

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Current teaching

  • Gedrag en Communicatie in Organisaties (BA)
  • Interne Communicatie en Nieuwe Media (MA)
  • Project Impact (MA)
  • Supervision MA theses

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Recent publications

  • Van Dijk, W. W., Ouwerkerk, J. W., & Smith, R. H. (in press). Schadenfreude as mate-value-tracking mechanism. Replication and extension of Colyn and Gordon (2013). Personal Relationships.
  • Ouwerkerk, J. W., & Van Dijk, W. W. (2014). Intergroup rivalry and schadenfreude. In W. W. Van Dijk and J. W. Ouwerkerk (Eds.), Schadenfreude: Understanding pleasure at the misfortune of others (pp. 186-199). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Van Dijk, W. W., & Ouwerkerk, J. W. (2014). Introduction to schadenfreude. In W. W. Van Dijk and J. W. Ouwerkerk (Eds.), Schadenfreude: Understanding pleasure at the misfortune of others (pp. 1-13). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Van Dijk, W. W., & Ouwerkerk, J. W. (2014). Striving for positive self-evaluation as a motive for schadenfreude. In W. W. Van Dijk and J. W. Ouwerkerk (Eds.), Schadenfreude: Understanding pleasure at the misfortune of others (pp. 131-148). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Van Dijk, W. W., & Ouwerkerk, J. W. (2014). Schadenfreude: Understanding pleasure at the misfortune of others. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Other academic activities

  • Reviewer for various international journals: British Journal of Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Self and Identity, Social Psychology and Personality Science.
  • Professional memberships: Centre for Advanced Media Research Amsterdam (CAMeRA), Center for Comparative Social Studies (CCSS), Dutch Society for Social Psychologists (ASPO), European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), International Communication Association (ICA), Netherlands School of Communication Research (NESCOR).

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Ancillary activities

Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017