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Johan Karremans

Johan Karremans

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In 2002, I received my Ph.D. degree for a dissertation entitled "Forgiveness: Examining Its consequences." Since then, my research focuses on how people are able to deal with potential threats to their ongoing (romantic) relationships. How do they respond to offenses, how do they deal with the lure of attractive alternatives? To address such questions, I build on socio-cognitive and evolutionary psychological theories, and examine these questions in experimental laboratory settings.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Karremans, J. C., Regalia, C., Paleari, F. G., Finham, F. D., Cui, M., Takada, N., Ohbuchi, K., Terzino, K., Cross, S. E. ,& Uskul ,A. K. (in press). Maintaining harmony across the globe: The cross-cultural association between closeness and interpersonal forgiveness.Social Psychology and Personality Science.
  • Kluwer, E. S., & Karremans, J. C. (in press). Forgiving infidelity in close relationships: Should we make peace with our past? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
  • Karremans, J. C., & Aarts, H. H. (2007). The role of automaticity in determining the inclination to forgive close others. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 902-917.
  • Karremans, J. C., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Arons, S. (2010). Blind men prefer a low female Waist-to-Ratio. Evolution and Human Behavior.
  • Karremans, J. C., & Smith, P. K. (2010). Having the power to forgive: The role of power in interpersonal forgiveness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1010-1023.
  • Karremans, J. C., Stroebe, W., & Claus, J. (2006). Beyond Vicary's fantasies: The impact of subliminal priming and brand choice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 792-798.
  • Karremans, J. C., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2008). Forgiveness in interpersonal relationships: Its malleability and powerful consequences. European Review of Social Psychology.
  • Karremans, J. C., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2008). The role of forgiveness in shifting from 'me' to 'we'. Self and Identity, 7, 75-88.
  • Karremans, J. C., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2005). Does activating justice help or hurt in promoting forgiveness? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 290-297.
  • Karremans, J. C., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2004). Back to caring after being hurt: The role of forgiveness. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 207-227.
  • Karremans, J. C., Van Lange, P. A. M., & Holland, R. W. (2005). Forgiveness and its associations with prosocial thinking, feeling, and doing beyond the relationship with the offender. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1315-1326.
  • Karremans, J. C., Van Lange, P. A. M., Ouwerkerk, J. W., & Kluwer, E. S. (2003). When forgiving enhances psychological well-being: The role of interpersonal commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 1011-1026.
  • Karremans, J. C., & Verwijmeren, T. (2008). Mimicking attractive opposite-sex others: The role of romantic relationship status. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 939-950.
  • Karremans, J. C., Verwijmeren, T., Pronk, T. M., & Reitsma, M. (2009). Interacting with women can impair men's executive functioning. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1041-1044.
  • Lawler, K. A., Karremans, J. C., Scott, C., Edlis-Matityahou, M., & Edwards, L. (2008). Forgiveness, physiological reactivity and health: The role of anger. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
  • Pronk, T., Karremans, J. C., Overbeek, G., Verhulst, A., & Wigboldus, D. (2010). What it takes to forgive: The role of executive functioning in forgiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Pronk, T., Karremans, J. C., & Wigboldus, D. (2011). How can you resist? Executive control helps romantically involved individuals to stay faithful. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Ritter, S., Karremans, J. C., & Van Schie, H. (2010). The role of self-regulation in derogating attractive alternatives. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 631-637.
  • Van Prooijen, J.-W., Karremans, J. C., & Van Beest, I. (2006). Procedural justice and the hedonic principle: How approach versus avoidance motivation influences the psychology of voice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 686-697.
  • Verwijmeren, T., Karremans, J. C., Stroebe, W., & Wigboldus, D. (2011). The workings and limits of subliminal advertising: The role of habits. Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Johan Karremans
Department of Social Psychology
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands

  • Phone: 31-24-3612742
  • Fax: 31-24-3612677

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