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 and in 2020. 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. Strength Is still a weakness in coalition formation - Replicating and…

    Wissink, J., Beest, I. V., Pronk, T., & Ven, N. V. D. (2021). Strength Is still a weakness in coalition formation: Replicating and understanding the Strength-is-Weakness effect. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  2. What causes the strength-is-weakness effect in coalition formation: P…

    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.
  3. The Brabant study - Design of a large prospective perinatal cohort st…

    Meems, M., Hulsbosch, L., Riem, M., Meyers, C., Pronk, T., Broeren, M., Nabbe, K., Oei, G., Bogaerts, S., & Pop, V. (2020). The Brabant study: Design of a large prospective perinatal cohort study among pregnant women investigating obstetric outcome from a biopsychosocial perspective. BMJ Open, 10(10), [e038891].
  4. 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, 11(3), 388-396.
  5. Finding meaning in self-control - The effect of self-control on the p…

    Stavrova, O., Pronk, T., & Kokkoris, M. (2020). Finding meaning in self-control: The effect of self-control on the perception of meaning in life. Self and Identity, 19(2), 201-218.

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