Informative Hypotheses


The papers that are listed here describe applications in social, behavioural and other sciences and involve results of primary data analyses using method for informative hypotheses evaluation. Note that software with which informative hypotheses can be evaluated can be found here.


  • Snijders, I., Wijnia, L., Kuiper, R. M., Rikers, R. M. J. P., & Loyens, S. M. M. (2021). Relationship quality in higher education and the interplay with student engagement and loyalty. British Journal of Educational Psychology, [e12455].
  • Altınısık, Y., Van Lissa, C. J., Hoijtink, H., Oldehinkel, A. J., and Kuiper, R. M. (2021). Evaluation of inequality constrained hypotheses using a generalization of the AIC. Psychological Methods, 26(5), 599-621. doi: 10.1037/met0000406


  • Vanbrabant, L., Van Loey, N., & Kuiper, R. M. (2020). Evaluating a Theory-Based Hypothesis Against Its Complement Using an AIC-Type Information Criterion With an Application to Facial Burn Injury. Psychological Methods25(2), 129-142.


  • Zondervan-Zwijnenburg M.A.J.*, Veldkamp S.A.M.*, Nelemans S.A., Neumann A., Barzeva S.A., Branje S.J.T., Van Beijsterveldt C.E.M. Meeus W.H.J., Tiemeijer H.W., Vollebergh W.A.M., Hoijtink H.J.A., Oldehinkel A.J., Boomsma D.I. (2019) Parental age and offspring childhood mental health: A multi-cohort, population-based investigation. Child Developmentdoi: 10.1111/cdev.13267 (open access)


  • De Maat, D. A., Knuiman, S., Rijk, C.H.A.M., Hoksbergen, R. A. C., & Van Baar, A. L. (2017). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children adopted from Poland and their atypical association patterns: A Bayesian approach, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10802-017-0307-4.
  • Van Dijk, A., Poorthuis A. M. G., Malti, T. (2017) Psychological processes in young bullies versus bully-victims. Aggressive Behavior, 9999:1–10. doi: 10.1002/ ab.21701 (open access) 
  • Van Uijlen, S. L., Van den Hout, M. A., Engelhard, I. M. (2017). Approach behavior as information. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 57, 32-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2017.03.001


  • Van Schie, K., Van Veen, S., Engelhard, I., Klugkist, I., & Van den Hout, M. (2016). Blurring emotional memories using eye movements: Individual differences and speed of eye movements. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 7. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v7.29476

  • Vrinten, C., Gu, X., Weinreich, S., Schipper, M., Wessels, J., Ferrari, M., Hoijtink, H., & Verschuuren, J. (2016). An n-of-one RCT for intravenous immunoglobulin G for inflammation in hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsy (HNPP). Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 87, 790-791. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2014-309427


  • Cooper, R., Doehrmann, O., Fang, A., Gerlach, A.L., Hoijtink, H., & Hofmann, S.G. (2014). Relationship between social anxiety and perceived trustworthiness. Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal, 27, 190-201. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2013.834049
  • Johnson, A. R., Van de Schoot, R., Delmar, F., & Crano, W. D. (2014). Social influence interpretation of interpersonal processes and team performance over time using Bayesian model selection. Journal of Management. doi: 10.1177/0149206314539351
  • Van Den Hout, M., Gangemi, A., Mancini, F., Engelhard, I. M., Rijkeboer, M. M., Van Dams, M., & Klugkist, I. (2014). Behavior as information about threat in anxiety disorders: A comparison of patients with anxiety disorders and non-anxious controls. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry45(4), 489-495. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2014.07.002


  • Kuiper, R. M., Buskens, V., Raub, W., & Hoijtink, H. (2013). Combining Statistical Evidence From Several Studies: A Method Using Bayesian Updating and an Example From Research on Trust Problems in Social and Economic Exchange. Sociological Methods & Research, 42(1), 60–81.
  • Kolkman, M. E., Hoijtink, H., Kroesbergen, E.H., & Leseman, P.P.M. (2013). The role of executive functions in numerical magnitude skills. Learning and Individual Differences, 24, 145-151. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2013.01.004


  • Hartendorp, M.O., Van der Stigchel, S. Wagemans, J., Klugkist, I., Postma, A. (2012). The activation of alternative response candidates: When do doubts kick in? Acta Psychologica,139, 38–45. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2011.10.013
  • Meeus, W., van de Schoot, R., Keijsers, L., & Branje, S. (2012). Identity statuses as developmental trajectories. A five-wave longitudinal study in early to middle and middle to late adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi 10.1007/s10964-011-9730-y (open access)[Link]
  • Van de Schoot, R., & Wong, T. (2012). Do delinquent young adults have a high or a low level of self-concept? Self and Identity, 11(2), 148-169. doi: 10.1080/15298868.2010.517713[Link]
  • Van de Schoot, R., & Strohmeier, D. (2012). Aggressive behaviour in native, first- and second-generation immigrant youth: Testing inequality constrained hypotheses. In M. Messer, R. Schroeder & R. Wodak (Eds.), Migrations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, (pp. 89-98). Vienna: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-7091-0950-2_8
  • Van den Hout, M.A., Rijkeboer, M.M., Engelhard, I.M., Klugkist, I., Hornsveld, H., Toffolo, M., Cath, D.C.(2012). Tones inferior to eye movements in the EMDR treatment of PTSD. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 275-279. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2012.02.001
  • Vossbeck-Elsebusch, A. N., & Gerlach, A. L. (2012). The relation between disgust-sensitivity, blood-injection-injury fears and vasovagal symptoms in blood donors: Disgust sensitivity cannot explain fainting or blood donation-related symptoms. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43(1), 607-613. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.08.005

  • Wong, T., & van de Schoot, R. (2012). The effect of offenders’ sex on reporting crimes to the police. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(7), 1276-1292. doi: 10.1177/0886260511425245[Link]


  • Bullens, J., Klugkist, I., Postma, A. (2011). The role of local and distal landmarks in the development of object location memory. Developmental Psycholog,.47, 1515–1524. doi: 10.1037/a0025273
  • Meeus, W., van de Schoot, R., Klimstra, T. and Branje, S. (2011). Change and stability of personality types in adolescence:  A five-wave longitudinal study in early-to-middle and middle-to-late adolescence. Developmental Psychology, 47 (4), 1181–1195. doi: 10.1037/a0023816[File]
  • Van de Schoot, R., Hoijtink, H., Mulder, J., Van Aken, M. A. G., Orobio de Castro, B., Meeus, W. & Romeijn, J.-W. (2011). Evaluating expectations about negative emotional states of aggressive boys using Bayesian model selection. Developmental Psychology, 47, 203-212. doi: 10.1037/a0020957


  • Diesfeldt, H. (2010). Tekenen, uitgesteld kopieren en het onderscheid tussen een episodische en semantische geheugenstoornis. Tijdschrift voor neuropsychologie, 5, 10-22. [File]
  • Meeus, W., Van de Schoot, R., Keijsers, L., Schwartz, S. J. & Branje, S. (2010). On the progression and stability of adolescent identity formation: A five-wave longitudinal study in early-to-middle and middle-to-late adolescence. Child Development, 81, 1565-1581. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01492.x [Link]


  • Kammers, M., Mulder, J., de Vignemont, F. & Dijkerman, H. C. (2009). The weight of representing the body: Addressing the potentially indefinite number of body representations in healthy individuals. Experimental Brain Research. doi: 10.1007/s00221-009-2009-9 (open access) 


  • Van Well, S., Kolk, A.M. and Klugkist, I.G. (2008). Effects of sex, gender role identification, and gender relevance of two types of stressors on cardiovascular and subjective responses: Sex and gender match/mismatch effects. Behavior Modification, 32, 427-449. doi: 10.1177/0145445507309030[Link] 


  • Laudy, O., Zoccolillo, M., Baillargeon, R., Boom, J., Tremblay, R. and Hoijtink, H. (2005). Applications of confirmatory latent class analysis in developmental psychology. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/17405620444000193[Link]