Bio

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.

Expertise

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.

Teaching

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 and in 2020. I gave a presentation during the Education Bazaar in September 2016, and came in second as ‘Best Teacher of Tilburg University’.

Courses

Collaboration

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. Low self-control - A hidden cause of loneliness?

    Stavrova, O., Ren, D., & Pronk, T. (2022). Low self-control: A hidden cause of loneliness? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 48(3), 347-362.
  2. Strength is still a weakness in coalition formation - Replicating and…

    Wissink, J., Beest, I. V., Pronk, T., & Ven, N. V. D. (2022). Strength is still a weakness in coalition formation: Replicating and understanding the Strength-is-Weakness effect. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 48(2), 283-296.
  3. The Online Coalition Game: A tool for online interactive coalition fo…

    Wissink, J., van Beest, I., Pronk, T., & van de Ven, N. (2022). The Online Coalition Game: A tool for online interactive coalition formation research. Behavior Research Methods.
  4. Pupil size predicts partner choices in online dating

    Pronk, T. M., Bogaers, R., Verheijen, M. S., & Sleegers, W. W. A. (2021). Pupil size predicts partner choices in online dating. Social Cognition, 39(6), 773-786.
  5. What causes the strength-is-weakness effect in coalition formation - …

    Wissink, J., van Beest, I., Pronk, T., & van de Ven, N. (2021). What causes the strength-is-weakness effect in coalition formation: Passive adoption or active selection of self-serving allocation rules? European Journal of Social Psychology, 51(2), 326-342.

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