Tilburg School of Humanities

Communication, Culture, Philosophy, Religion and Liberal Arts and Sciences

Veni awards NWO for three promising researchers

Three promising young reseachers of Tilburg University have been awarded a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grant consists of a maximum of 250,000 euro and will enable them to conduct innovative research for three years.



The awarded researchers and their projects are the following.

Lack of measurement invariance in multilevel data: A cluster-based solution for making valid attribute comparisons

Dr. Kim de Roover, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

When measuring unobservable attributes by observed variables like questionnaire items, psychologists assume a measurement model (MM). When comparing attributes based on item scores, they assume measurement invariance across compared groups/subjects. My project presents methods for comparing MMs across many groups/subjects and finding clusters of groups/subjects for which comparisons are valid.

The value of admiration

Dr. Alfred Archer, Tilburg School of Humanities

We admire heroes, saints, and film stars but what is admiration and what role should it play in our lives? Using tools and insights from philosophy and psychology, this project will investigate the nature and value of admiration, when admiration is appropriate and admiration’s role in education and leadership.

Matter over mind: Skinner, Quine, and the Heyday of Behaviorism

Dr. Sander Verhaegh – Tilburg School of Humanities (from August 1st, 2016)

Twentieth-century psychology and philosophy were dominated by behaviorism. The leading scholars were B.F. Skinner and W.V. Quine. How did they develop their theories? How did they influence each other? And what are the implications for the relation between psychology and philosophy? This projects answers these questions by examining their archives.