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The Social Search for Self

Social Psychology

This project examines how group membership and social interactions influence on the experience of autonomy and the development of a personal identity. In a first project we conducted two longitudinal field studies to examine the effect of social inclusion on personal autonomy in two vulnerable groups in society (e.g., residents in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre) In a second project we examine how people develop a sense of personal identity by comparing the act of introspection with engaging in social interaction.

Researchers and partners

dr. N. (Namkje) Koudenburg, Social Psychology

Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Jolanda Jetten (University of Queensland)
  • S. Alexander Haslam (University of Queensland)
  • Genevieve Dingle (University of Queensland)


Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • Social influence on development of self and personal identity.


  • Koudenburg, N., Jetten, J., & Dingle, G. (In Press). Personal Autonomy in Group-Based Interventions. European Journal of Social Psychology.
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