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Postmes, Prof. Tom

Tom Postmes
Tom Postmes

Group behavior, collective behavior, conflict, social identity and communication technology

Curriculum vitae

Tom Postmes is professor of Social Psychology. He completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam, and was professor at the University of Exeter from 2004 to 2008. Postmes has won several international 
prizes, including research fellowships from the KNAW (1998) and the British ESRC (2003). His publications have appeared in renowned journals across multiple disciplines, such as psychology, communication and management.

Postmes studies how people influence each other's ideas and behaviour. Even though people in the Western world like to see themselves as independent individuals, we continually conform to fashions, norms and 
social structures. This is apparent in many different forms of collective behavior: on the stock exchange, at work, during an old-fashioned demonstration or in a modern flashmob organized via Internet. In his research Postmes shows how everyday interactions can lead to such collective behavior. This is more than mere imitation: communication initiates the formation of new norms, values and social identities. Together with several fellow researchers and dance group Random Collision, he is also studying the social impact of watching a dance performance.

Postmes is coordinator of the Kenniscentrum Aardbevingen en Duurzame Ontwikkeling (KADO) (Knowledge center for earthquakes and sustainable development) of the university. In the 'Gronings Perspectief' project, Postmes is studying subjects such as safety, health and future prospects in Groningen in relation to earthquakes.


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