Dr Nicolas Geeraert

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Nicolas Geeraert



Dr Nicolas Geeraert obtained his graduate degree in psychology from Ghent University (Belgium, 2000) and his PhD in social psychology from the Catholic University of Louvain, at Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium, 2004). He joined the Department of Psychology at Essex in October 2004.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Stress-trajectories in acculturation

Cross-cultural differences in social cognition

Social perception and social cognition

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (HU921)

  • Culture and Psychology (PS486)

  • MSc Psychology Research Project (PS900)

  • Special Topics in Social Psychology (PS933)

  • Research Project (MSc) (PS934)

  • Fundamental Statistics for Research (PS946)

  • Advanced Statistics for Research (PS947)

  • Introduction to Personal Development and Employability (PS117)

  • Enhancing employability and career planning (PS417)

  • Advanced employability skills and career progression (PS492)


Journal articles (16)

Geeraert, N., Li, R., Ward, C., Gelfand, M. and Demes, K., A tight spot: How personality moderates the impact of social norms on sojourner adaptation. Psychological Science

Geeraert, N., (2018). Many Cultures, One Psychology?. American Scientist. 106 (4), 214-214

Simpson, A., Al Ruwaili, R., Jolley, R., Leonard, H., Geeraert, N. and Riggs, KJ., (2017). Fine Motor Control Underlies the Association Between Response Inhibition and Drawing Skill in Early Development. Child Development

Ward, C. and Geeraert, N., (2016). Advancing acculturation theory and research: The acculturation process in its ecological context. Current Opinion in Psychology. 8, 98-104

Marshall, AC., Cooper, NR. and Geeraert, N., (2016). The impact of experienced stress on aged spatial discrimination: Cortical overreliance as a result of hippocampal impairment. Hippocampus. 26 (3), 329-340

Marshall, AC., Cooper, NR. and Geeraert, N., (2016). Experienced stress produces inhibitory deficits in old adults’ Flanker task performance: First evidence for lifetime stress effects beyond memory. Biological Psychology. 113, 1-11

Marshall, AC., Cooper, NR., Segrave, R. and Geeraert, N., (2015). The effects of long-term stress exposure on aging cognition: a behavioral and EEG investigation. Neurobiology of Aging. 36 (6), 2136-2144

Demes, KA. and Geeraert, N., (2015). The highs and lows of a cultural transition: A longitudinal analysis of sojourner stress and adaptation across 50 countries.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 109 (2), 316-337

Geeraert, N., Demoulin, S. and Demes, KA., (2014). Choose your (international) contacts wisely: A multilevel analysis on the impact of intergroup contact while living abroad. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 38 (1), 86-96

Demes, KA. and Geeraert, N., (2014). Measures Matter: Scales for Adaptation, Cultural Distance, and Acculturation Orientation Revisited. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 45 (1), 91-109

Geeraert, N., (2013). When Suppressing One Stereotype Leads to Rebound of Another: On the Procedural Nature of Stereotype Rebound. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 39 (9), 1173-1183

Geeraert, N., Van Boven, L. and Yzerbyt, VY., (2011). Similarity on the rebound: Inhibition of similarity assessment leads to an ironic postsuppressional rebound. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 64 (9), 1788-1796

Geeraert, N. and Yzerbyt, VY., (2010). Cultural differences in the correction of social inferences: Does the dispositional rebound occur in an interdependent culture?. British Journal of Social Psychology. 46 (2), 423-435

Orbell, S., Lidierth, P., Henderson, CJ., Geeraert, N., Uller, C., Uskul, AK. and Kyriakaki, M., (2009). Social–cognitive beliefs, alcohol, and tobacco use: A prospective community study of change following a ban on smoking in public places.. Health Psychology. 28 (6), 753-761

Geeraert, N. and Yzerbyt, VY., (2006). How fatiguing is dispositional suppression? Disentangling the effects of procedural rebound and ego-depletion. European Journal of Social Psychology. 37 (2), 216-230

Geeraert, N., Yzerbyt, VY., Corneille, O. and Wigboldus, D., (2004). The return of dispositionalism: On the linguistic consequences of dispositional suppression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 40 (2), 264-272

Book chapters (1)

Geeraert, N. and Demes, KA., (2015). Nicht jeder Auslandsreisende erlebt einen Kulturschock. Resultate des Projektes 'The Impact of Living Abroad' [Not all sojourners experience culture shock: Evidence from the impact of living abroad project]. In: Forum Jugendarbeit International 2013-2015. Editors: Fachstelle f�r Internationale Jugendarbeit der Bundesrepublik, DEV., . IJAB. 250- 263. 978-3-924053-59-8

Other (1)

Geeraert, N. and Demoulin, S., (2013).Acculturative Stress or Resilience? A Longitudinal Multilevel Analysis of Sojourners' Stress and Self-Esteem. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 44(8),Sage

Grants and funding


The Impact Of Living Abroad

Economic & Social Research Council

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