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dr. N. (Namkje) Koudenburg

Associate Professor

Grants & Awards

VENI – Vernieuwingsimpuls NWO, project title: “The Communication Model of Cultural Change” (250,000 euros).

Jos Jaspars Early Career Award, European Association of Social Psychology

Fellowship for Innovation of Teaching (FIT), University of Groningen.

Best Dissertation Award by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)

Best Dissertation Award, awarded by the Dutch Association of Social Psychological Researchers (ASPO).

Best Dissertation Award, American Psychological Association (APA), division 49 – Group Psychology & Group Psychotherapy.

Best Dissertation Award (Wieringa-Rengerink Prize), University of Groningen (University-wide award).

Google Research Award ($38.900), project titled: "Social consequences of short delays in mediated communication: Towards a social psychological solution" (together with Tom Postmes and Ernestine Gordijn

Education & Academic positions

2015-present. Assistant Professor, Tenure Track position, University of Groningen

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

2013 – 2015. Postdoctoral Researcher/Lecturer, University of Groningen

Visiting researcher at Social Identity and Group Networks-lab (SIGN) at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

PhD "Conversational Flow: The Emergence and Regulation of Solidarity through Social Interaction" (cum laude). Supervisors: Tom Postmes & Ernestine Gordijn, University of Groningen.

Research Master "Human Behaviour in Social Contexts", University of Groningen (cum laude).

Traineeship in the Engineering and Capacity Building Program (ECPB), Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

Bachelor Psychology, University of Groningen (cum laude).

Erasmus Exchange Programme, Université Paul Valèrie, Montpellier, France.


2017-in press

Koudenburg, N. (In press). Regulating Shared Reality with Micro-Dynamics in the Form of Conversation. Current Opinion in Psychology

Van Mourik Broekman, A., Gordijn, E.H., Koudenburg, N. & Postmes, T. (In press). Reshaping Social Structure Through Performances: Emergent Solidarity Between Actors and Observers. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Koudenburg, N., Gordijn, E.H., & Postmes, T. (2017). Beyond Content of Conversation: The Role of Conversational Form in the Emergence and Regulation of Social Structure. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 21(1), 50-71.

Koudenburg, N., Jetten, J., & Dingle, G. (2017). Personal Autonomy in Group-Based Interventions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 653-660. Doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2230


Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, Gordijn, E.H., & Van Mourik Broekman, A.  (2015). Uniform and Complementary Social Interaction: Distinct Pathways to Social Unity. PLOS ONE, e0129061. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129061.

Koudenburg, N., Gordijn, E.H., & Postmes, T. (2014). “More than words”: Social Validation in Close Relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1517-1528. doi:10.1177/0146167214549945

Howell, J.L., Koudenburg, N., Loschelder, D.D., Fransen, K., De Dominicis­, S., Weston, D., Gallagher, S., Haslam, S.A. (2014). Happy but unhealthy: The relationship between social ties and health in an emerging network. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44 (6), 612-621. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2030

Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, & Gordijn, E.H(2014). Conversational Flow and Entitativity: The Role of Status. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53, 350-366. doi:10.1111/bjso.12027

Koudenburg, N. (2014). Conversational Flow: The Emergence and Regulation of Solidarity Through Social Interaction. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Groningen.


Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, & Gordijn, E.H(2013). Conversational Flow Promotes Solidarity.  PlosONE, 8(11), e78363. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078363

Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, & Gordijn, E.H. (2013). Resounding Silences: Subtle Norm Regulation in Group Interaction. Social Psychology Quarterly, 76 (3), 224-241. doi:10.1177/0190272513496794.

Hansen, N., Koudenburg, N., Kocsev, M., Tellegen, P.J., Hiersemann, R. & Postmes, T. (2012). Laptop Usage Affects Abstract Reasoning of Children in the Developing World. Computers and Education, 59, 989-1000. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2012.04.013


Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, & Gordijn, E.H. (2011). If They Were to Vote, They Would Vote for Us. Psychological Science, 22(12), 1506-1510.  doi :10.1177/0956797611420164

Koudenburg, N. & Postmes, T., & Gordijn, E.H. (2011). Disrupting the Flow: How Brief Silences in Group Conversations Affect Social Needs. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47 (2), 512-515. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2010.12.006 

Koudenburg, N. & Gordijn, E.H. (2011). “My Date Can Call Me Sweet, But My Colleague Can’t” Meta-Stereotypic Behavior as a Function of Context and Liking of the Outgroup. Social Cognition, 29 (2), 221-230. doi:10.1521/soco.2011.29.2.221

Barelds, D.P.H., Dijkstra, P.J., Koudenburg, N., & Swami, V. (2011). An Assessment of Positive Illusions of the Physical Attractiveness of Romantic Partners. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28 (5), 706-719. doi:10.1177/0265407510385492

Popular-scientific articles

Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, & Gordijn, E.H. ( 2012 ). When Conversations Flow. In-Mind magazine, 15.

Van Mourik Broekman, A., Gordijn, E., Postmes, T., Koudenburg, N., & Krans, K. (2015). Dance for Solidarity: Uniting Dancers and Audience Through Movement. In H. Koolen, J. Naafs, R. Naber, & L. Wildschut (Eds.), Danswetenschap in Nederland. (Vol. 8, pp. 79-88)

Book Chapters (in Dutch)

Koudenburg, N., Gordijn, E.H., Postmes, T. & (2013). Gespreksflow en Sociale Validatie in Intieme Relaties. In: R. Dotsch, E. Papies, T. Pronk, B. Rutjens, E. Ufkes, & J. Van der Toorn (Eds.) Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2013 (pp. XX-XX). Groningen: ASPO pers. (S)

Van Mourik Broekman, A. & Koudenburg, N. (2012). Een Goed Gesprek: Eenheid door Complementariteit. In: M. Strick, M. Baas, L. van Dillen, R. Dotsch, D. Lakens, & M. de Vries (Eds.) Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2012 (pp. 163-166). Groningen: ASPO pers

Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, & Gordijn, E.H. (2011). Kiezers rekenen zich rijk met niet-stemmers als achterban. In: B. Derks, R-J. Renes, K. Ruys, N. van der Ven, & M. Vliek (Eds.) Jaarboek sociale psychologie 2010 (pp. 213-220). Groningen: ASPO pers.

Koudenburg, N. & Gordijn, E.H. (2010). “Mijn Date Mag Me Lief Noemen, Maar Mijn Collega Niet” De invloed van de context en sympathie voor de andere groep op metastereotiep gedrag. In: J-W. van Prooijen, R-J. Renes, B. Derks, M. Stel, & M. Vliek (Eds.) Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2009 (pp. 181-190). Groningen: ASPO pers.

Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T, & Gordijn, E.H. (2012). Statusverschillen in Ervaren Eenheid door Gespreksflow. In: N. van de Ven, M. Baas, L. van Dillen, D. Lakens, A. M. Lokhorst, M. Strick (Eds.)  Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2011 (pp. 103-106). Groningen: ASPO pers.


Managing Groups - skills course for the social psychology master.

PhD-students (co-promotor):

- Aafke van Mourik Broekman (2013-2017)

- Carla Roos (2017-2020)

Other Academic activities

Coordinator KLI track Group Processes and Intergroup Behaviour (2016-present).

Board member of the Dutch Association of Social Psychologists (ASPO, 2017-present)

Editor (2014-present)

University of Groningen Community of Excellence Teachers (2016-present)

In the Media

BBC, July 2017: The Subtle Power of Uncomfortable Silences

Psychology Today, July 2017: The Most Important Communication Skill You Will Ever Need

Huffington Post, February 2012: Even People Who Don’t Vote Would Vote Like I Do

Psychology Today, January 2012: Even People Who Don’t Vote Would Vote Like I Do

CBC, September 2011: Nonvoters

MSNBC, January 2010: Four seconds is all it takes for silence to get awkward

Time Magazine, December 2010: Awkward Silences: 4 Seconds is all it takes to feel rejected

MillerMcCune, December 2010: The Deep Pain of Awkward Silences


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