Sosja Prinsen MSc
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The research project of Sosja Prinsen, that is funded with a NWO Research Talent Grant, focuses on short-term and long-term effects of justification on self-regulation in health behavior. This research challenges the long-held assumption that rational, reflective decision making produces behaviors that are in line with long term goals, whereas emotional and impulsive decisions go hand in hand with self-regulation failure. That is, people may deliberately set aside their long-term goals, especially when they have a justification to do so. This research expands on previous research on self-licensing as it specifically examines the long-term effects of justification on indulgent behaviors like (over)eating. In my studies, I use different methods, including vignettes, lab experiments, and experience sampling.

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Involved in the following study programme(s)
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health behavior
behavior change
consumer behaviour
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In 2009 Sosja earned her master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology at Utrecht University. In 2010 she started with the research master Social and Health Psychology. After graduating in 2012, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Amsterdam.  Currently, she is a PhD student at the department of Social, Health and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University.

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  Articles - Scholarly publications
Adriaanse, M.A., Prinsen, S., de Witt Huberts, J.C., Evers, C. & de Ridder, D.T.D. (2016). ‘I ate too much so I must have been sad’: Emotions as a confabulated reason for overeating. Appetite, 103, (pp. 318-323).
Prinsen, S., Evers, C. & de Ridder, D.T.D. (2016). Oops I did it again: Examining self-licensing effects in a subsequent self-regulation dilemma. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 8 (1), (pp. 104-126).
Prinsen, S., de Ridder, D.T.D. & De Vet, E. (2013). Eating by Example: Effects of Environmental Cues on Dietary Decisions. Appetite, 70, (pp. 1-5) (5 p.).
  Book parts / chapters - Scholarly publications
Adriaanse, M.A. & Prinsen, S. (2017). Justification as Antecedent and Consequence of Self-control Failure. In Denise de Ridder, Marieke Adriaanse & Kentaro Fujita (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing (pp. 206-218). Routlegde.
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