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dr. C. (Charlotte) Vrijen

Assistant Professor


Positive bias | Optimism | Information processing bias | Mental health | Depression | Loss of pleasure | Experience sampling | Intergenerational transmission | Peer experiences

My main research interest is positive bias, the phenomenon that many people see the world more brightly and more positive than it really is. Positive bias may protect us from developing mental health problems. Where do individual differences in optimism come from? As part of my Veni project The bright side of life: understanding the origins of optimism, I investigate to what extent and how parents transmit their optimism to offspring.

I am passionate about improving scientific practice. I am a member of my department’s Ethics Committee and of the Open Science Community Groningen, where I give pre-registration workshops. Examples of open science practices in my work are pre-registrations, sharing syntax and data, and publishing open access.

More information about my research can be found on my website

Other positions

Member of the Ethical Committee Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
Last modified:03 August 2022 09.46 a.m.

Contact information

Antonius Deusinglaan 1
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands


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