Dr G. Bijlstra (Gijs)
Assistant professor - Behavioural Science Institute
Assistant professor - Social and Cultural Psychology
Dr. Gijs Bijlstra's research focuses on social categorisation and discrimination. In what ways do prejudices and stereotypes influence how we perceive others? What is the role of social norms in whether or not we express prejudice? What is the effect of media on openness to others? And, how do we learn from each other in interactions with people from different social groups? It is important to understand the processes underlying discrimination to be able to develop effective interventions. Recently, Gijs received a grant from AFAS Software / the AFAS Foundation to conduct research on diversity, inclusion and reducing discrimination.
In 2007, Gijs Bijlstra worked on the development of the Radboud Faces Database (RaFD) together with Oliver Langner, Ron Dotsch, Daniel Wigboldus and Ad van Knippenberg. This database is freely available for scientific research (www.rafd.nl).
- 13 July 2022 - In 2022, Radboud University and Radboudumc organized several Unconscious Bias Theater Workshops to raise awareness about unconscious bias in the workplace. Together with Tjits van Lent, Afreen Khalid, Joël Hendrix, Max Primbs, and Hagar Khermjioui (www.radboudsocialcognitionlab.nl), I am doing research on the effectiveness of this kind of intervention. 'We know that components from the intervention are effective in the lab, does that also apply to practice?' More information
- 18 November 2021 - This article, which appeared in the Volkskrant, discusses how the corona policy affects unvaccinated and vaccinated people differently. Such a dichotomy in society is food for social scientists. What does it do to people? What psychological processes are triggered? And what is the solution? (article in Dutch) More information
- 26 May 2021 - Research shows that young people with a migration background have a harder time finding an internship than young people without a migration background. In this documentary, Soundos El Ahmadi follows several young people in their search for a suitable internship. (in Dutch) More information