I study the cognitive processes underlying the regulation of behavior and behavior change, especially in the domain of health behavior. My research uses mainly social cognition methods and focuses on the question of how behavior is regulated as a function of personal goals and environmental cues that can interfere with these goals. As an example, my work in the domain of dieting behavior has shown that chronic dieters perceive attractive food mainly in terms of its hedonic relevance, which interferes with their dieting goal and triggers overeating. I also conduct research on goal-directed habits and on mechanisms of behavior change, including goal priming. More recently, I started developing a grounded cognition framework to processes of self-regulation, and I integrate insights from contemplative practices and mindfulness into strategies for behavior change.
I received the Dissertation Award of the Dutch Association of Social Psychological Researchers (2008) and the Early Career Award (Jaspars Award) of the European Association for Social Psychology (2011). In 2010, I received a 3-year VENI-grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research to continue my work on nonconscious motivation and the regulation of eating behavior.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Health Psychology
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Social Cognition
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- Meule, A., Papies, E. K., & Kübler, A. (2012). Differentiating between successful and unsuccessful dieters: Validity and reliability of the Perceived Self-Regulatory Success in Dieting Scale. Appetite, 58, 822-826. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2012.01.028
- Ouwehand, C., & Papies, E. K. (2010). Eat it or beat it. The differential effects of food temptations on overweight and normal-weight restrained eater. Appetite, 55, 56-60.
- Papies, E. K. (2013). Tempting food words activate eating simulations. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 838. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00838
- Papies, E. K. (2012). Goal priming in dieters: Recent insights and applications. Current Obesity Reports, 1, 99-105.
- Papies, E. K., Aarts, H., & de Vries, N. K. (2009). Planning is for doing: Implementation intentions go beyond the mere creation of goal-directed associations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1148-1151.
- Papies, E. K., Barsalou, L. W., & Custers, R. (2012). Mindful attention prevents mindless impulses. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 291-299.
- Papies, E. K., & Hamstra, P. (2010). Goal priming and eating behavior: Enhancing self-regulation by environmental cues. Health Psychology, 29, 384-388.
- Papies, E. K., Potjes, I., Keesman, M., Schwinghammer, S., & van Koningsbruggen, G. M. (2014). Using health primes to reduce unhealthy snack purchases among overweight consumers in a grocery store. International Journal of Obesity, 38, 597-602.
- Papies, E. K., Pronk, T. M., Keesman, M., & Barsalou, L. W. (in press). The benefits of simply observing: Mindful attention modulates the link between motivation and behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- Papies, E. K., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2009). Who likes it more? Restrained eaters' implicit attitudes towards food. Appetite, 53, 279-287.
- Papies, E. K., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2008). Healthy cognition: Processes of self-regulatory success in restrained eating. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1290-1300.
- Papies, E. K., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2008). The allure of forbidden food: On the role of attention in self-regulation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1283-1292.
- Papies, E. K., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2008). Understanding dieting: A social cognitive analysis of hedonic processes in self-regulation. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 339-383.
- Papies, E. K., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2007). Pleasure in the mind: Restrained eating and spontaneous hedonic thoughts about food. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 810-817.
- Papies, E. K., & Veling, H. P. (2013). Healthy dining: Subtle diet reminders at the point of purchase increase low-calorie food choices among both chronic and current dieters. Appetite, 61, 1-7
- Stroebe, W., van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Papies, E. K., & Aarts, H. (2013). Why most dieters fail but some succeed: A goal conflict model of eating behavior. Psychological Review, 120, 110-138.
- Van Dillen, L. F., Papies, E. K., & Hofmann, W. (2013). Turning a blind eye to temptation: How task load can facilitate self-regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 427-443.
- Van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Stroebe, W., Papies, E. K., & Aarts, H. (2011). Implementation intentions as goal primes: Boosting self-control in tempting environments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 551-557.
- Veling, H., Aarts, H., & Papies, E. K. (2011). Using stop signals to inhibit chronic dieters’ responses towards palatable foods. Behavior Research and Therapy, 49, 771-780.
- Applied Social Psychology: From Theory to Intervention
- Attitudes and Attitude Change
- Health Promotion: A Social Psychological Approach
- Social Cognition
Esther K. Papies
Department of Social Psychology
3584 CS Utrecht
- Phone: +31 30 253 41 98
- Fax: +31 30 253 47 18