Workshop on Conflict, Emotions and Aggression:

Economic and Psychological Views 

 Wednesday, 11 May and Thursday, 12 May 2016

Department of Communication Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Nimfenzaal (room) in the Culture Centre Griffioen, Uillenstede 106, 1183 Amsterdam

Organizers: Elly Konijn (Communication Science, VU Amsterdam) , Kai Konrad (Max Planck Institute München)  und Klaus Wälde (DAS GK, JGU Mainz)

This workshop brings together researchers that work on, broadly speaking, conflict, emotion and aggression. We are looking for papers that analyze these issues both from a psychological as well as from an economic perspective. Examples include analyses of the effects of stress on behaviour, catharsis on anger, the modelling of intensities of conflicts and other. Empirical and experimental research is welcome, as well as theoretical works or surveys. The workshop is organized around the visit of Professor Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D. (Ohio State) at the VU University Amsterdam. The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Bushman.

The workshop is intended to leave a lot of room for discussions. One central theme would be: How can one bridge the gap between economic and psychological approaches such that it is beneficial for both disciplines? This workshop could go one step into this direction by inviting economists as discussants for psychological presentations and psychologists as discussants for economic presentations. 

The programme of the workshop is now complete and follows below. The conference is public and open to all. Everybody interested in participating without presenting should send an email to macroeconomics(at) We would need your complete name, position and affiliation to put this information on the list of participants.


 11 May 2016
12:50 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Agnes Moors (U Leuven): "The power of outcomes in the causation of emotional and other actions”

Lionel Page (Queensland U): "The economics, psychology and biology of the winner effect in contests"                       

Alex P Salam, Emma Rainford, Mark van Vugt, Richard Ronay (VU Amsterdam): "‘Fight or Flight’ or ‘Tend and Befriend’? Acute Stress Promotes Distrust of Racial Outgroup members but not Racial Ingroup"
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Kai Konrad (MPI Munich): "To deter or to moderate? Alliance choices in contests with incomplete information“

Klaus Wälde (University Mainz): “Do social sciences need mathematics? An application to aggression models" (see related work)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Keynote speech: Brad J. Bushman: “Does Venting Anger Extinguish or Feed the Flame?”
7:30 p.m.
Conference Dinner at Oliver's
12 May 2016
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Maja Fischer (U Leuven), Agnes Moors, Batja Mesquita, Peter Kuppens: "Is emotional behaviour driven by appraised stimulus features or by expected outcomes?"

Subhasish M. Chowdhury (U East Anglia): " ‘Born this way’?: Prenatal exposure to testosterone may shape conflict behavior"

Elly Konijn (VU Amsterdam): "Catharsis and emotion regulation of adolescents when playing violent video games“
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Plenary Discussion


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