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My name is Tila Pronk, and I work as an Assistant Professor at the department of Social Psychology. My research focusses on love and relationships.


I study the many challenges people encounter when navigating their love life in current times. How do singles choose a partner in an online dating environment? How do people maintain and protect an established relationship? The general topic of love and relationships has a great appeal on people outside academia, and I have been in close contact with the media and the general audience since 2011, when my popular press book on romantic relationship (Hartstocht) appeared. I often give lectures to the general audience, and regularly appear in radio- and television shows.


I teach two Introduction to Psychology courses for non-Psychology students (first year BA-level), and I supervise Bachelor- as well as Masterstudents during their Masterthesis and internship. I am a very passionate and enthusiastic teacher, and find it very rewarding to transfer my knowledge. Based on the high student evaluations for my courses, and nominations by students, I was elected ‘Best Teacher of TSB’ in 2016. I gave a presentation during the Education Bazaar in September 2016, and came in second as ‘Best Teacher of Tilburg University’.



I have many active collaborations with members of the department of social psychology, as well as with members of other departments and faculties of Tilburg University. I also continued my collaborations with researchers at other universities. Apart from collaborations with researchers at the university, I also collaborate with relationship therapists and practitioners.

Recent publications

  1. A rejection mind-set - Choice overload in online dating

    Pronk, T., & Denissen, J. (2020). A rejection mind-set: Choice overload in online dating. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  2. Finding meaning in self-control - The effect of self-control on the p…

    Stavrova, O., Pronk, T., & Kokkoris, M. (Accepted/In press). Finding meaning in self-control: The effect of self-control on the perception of meaning in life. Self and Identity.
  3. Marriage as a training ground - Examining change in self-control and …

    Pronk, T. M., Buyukcan-Tetik, A., Iliás, M., & Finkenauer, C. (2019). Marriage as a training ground: Examining change in self-control and forgiveness over the first 4 years of marriage. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(1), 109-130.
  4. Choosing goals that express the true self - A novel mechanism of the …

    Stavrova, O., Pronk, T., & Kokkoris, M. (2019). Choosing goals that express the true self: A novel mechanism of the effect of self‐control on goal attainment. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49(6), 1329-1336.
  5. Socially thermoregulated thinking - How past experiences matter in th…

    Ijzerman, H., Neyroud, L., Courset, R., Schrama, M., Post, J., & Pronk, T. M. (2018). Socially thermoregulated thinking: How past experiences matter in thinking about our loved ones. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 349-355.

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