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Dr Joost Leunissen



I am an experimental social psychologist. My research currently focusses on three domains. First, I study interpersonal reconciliation. I am in interested in the factors that predict a perpetrator's willingness to apologize and offer financial compensation to those they have wronged. Related to this, I am also interested in the factors that influence a victim's willingness to forgive.

My second research interest is in the emotion nostalgia.  I am interested in the intra- and interpersonal psychological effects of nostalgia, both in private and work contexts.

Finally, I am interested in the personality trait narcissism. My research on narcissism focusses on the interpersonal effects of narcissism, such as reconciliation and persuasiveness.

A sample of peer reviewed publications can be found below:


  • Van Dijke, M., Leunissen, J. M., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2019). Nostalgia promotes intrinsic motivation and effort in the presence of low interactional justice. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 150, 46-61.


  • Leunissen, J. M., Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., & Cohen, T. R. (2018). Organizational Nostalgia and Work Meaningfulness: Implications for Turnover Intentions and Burnout. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23, 44-57.


  • Leunissen, J. M., Sedikides, C., & Wildschut, T. (2017). Why Narcissists Are Unwilling to Apologize: The Role of Empathy and Guilt. European Journal of Personality, 31, 385-403.


  • Zheng, X., Van Dijke, M., Leunissen, J. M., Giurge, L., & De Cremer, D. (2016). When saying sorry may not help: Transgressor power moderates the effect of an apology on forgiveness in the workplace. Human Relations, 69, 1387-1418.


  • Rusch, H., Leunissen, J. M., & Van Vugt, M. (2015). Historical and experimental evidence of sexual selection for war heroism. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36, 367-373.

  • Van Dijke, M., Wildschut, T., Leunissen, J. M., & Sedikides, C. (2015). Nostalgia buffers the negative impact of procedural injustice on organizational cooperation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 127, 15-29.


  • Leunissen, J. M., De Cremer, D., Van Dijke, M., & Reinders Folmer, C. (2014). Forecasting errors in the experienced averseness of an apology. Social Justice Research, 27, 322-339.

  • Desmet, P. & Leunissen, J. M. (2014). How many pennies for your pain? Willingness to compensate as a function of expected future interaction and intentionality feedback. Journal of Economic Psychology, 43, 105-113.


  • Leunissen, J. M. & De Cremer, D., & Reinders Folmer, C., & Van Dijke, M. (2013). The apology mismatch: Differential apologetic needs for victims and perpetrators after intentional and unintentional transgressions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 315-324.


  • Leunissen, J. M., De Cremer, D., & Reinders Folmers, C (2012). An instrumental perspective on apologizing in bargaining: The importance of forgiveness to apologize. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33, 215-222.