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M. Bender

Assistant Professor

TS Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Social Psychology




My work connects personality motivation (implicit and explicit), autobiographical memory, and cross-cultural psychology (e.g., acculturation, biculturalism).

One exemplary question that arises from this link is: Why do people talk differently about their lives in different cultural contexts, and what purposes does this serve? Drawing on an evolutionary, developmental approach to explain cultural variance, I am interested in finding out how such differences and similarities across cultural contexts can inform a more universal, cross-cultural perspective on psychology.

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Most recent publications

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2006.09 - PhD / University of Osnabrück, Germany

2003.10 - M.A. / Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany


2010.09 - / Assistant Professor, Tilburg University

2008.08 - 2010.08 / Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow , Tilburg University

2013.11 / 2012.11 / 2011.11 / 2010.06 / 2009.08 / 2008.11-12 / 2008.05-06 Visiting Fellow, City University of Hong Kong

2006.09 - 2008.05 / Postdoctoral Fellow, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, USA

2004.01 - 2006.08 / Research Associate, University of Osnabrück, Germany

2003.10 - 2003.12 / Research Associate, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany


Most recent publications

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Direct and indirect funding

2010-2014 / Jacobs Foundation Research Grant (grant reference number 2010-861), ?Universal and culture-specific antecedents of civic engagement? who grows up to be a volunteer?? (Co-Applicant) [264,167.10 Euro]

2010-2011 / City University of Hong Kong CHASS Research Grant ?Depression and Autobiographical Memory: A comparison between Hong Kong and the Netherlands? Alice Chong (PI), Michael Bender (Co-PI). [60,000,00 HKD ~6,000.00 Euro]

2008-2010 / Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (Call Identifier FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-1-IEF), Project number 220024 ?Acculturation - Pursuing goals you really want: Motive congruence and well-being in Turkish immigrants? [153,537.32 Euro]

2005-2006 / Strategic Research Grant, City University of Hong Kong ?Autobiographical memory and social skills in bicultural Hong Kong Chinese?. Xiaodong Yue (PI), Michael Bender (Co-I) [~ 8,900.00 Euro]


Research supervision

Supervision of doctoral theses/ PhD committees

Sari, T. (2013-). Contextualization of the role of bilingualism and parental cultural maintenance behavior for well-being and ethnic identity among teenagers. [working title]

Tavitian. Lucy (2013-). Acculturation and Autobiographical memories across contexts and immigrant groups: Why and where we reminisce! [working title]

Aydinli, A. (2010-). Universal and culture-specific antecedents of volunteerism. [working title]

Celenk, Ozgur (2009-2013). ?You and I?: Does it mean the same across cultures? Dynamics of couple relationships in Turkey and the Netherlands.

Dimitrova, R. (2009-2013). Does your identity make you happy? Collective identifications and acculturation of youth in post-communist Europe.




M. Bender teaches the following subjects:

Other activities

Editorial/Reviewing Activities:

International Baccalaureate, Psychology

The Saylor Foundation, Open Courseware

Associate Editor, Online Readings in Psychology and Culture

Standing Review Board of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong

Contact details
Room P 3226
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 8707
Secretary+31 13 466 2408

Assistant Professor
TS Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Social Psychology

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Last amended: 03 June 2014

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