PhD and Research

Quispel, L. (Lennart) MSc.


PhD Student
Lennart Quispel

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Building: Citadel, room H442; Cubicus, B203
Telephone: +31 (0)53 – 489 6517
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I studied Cognitive Science, Engineering management, and Artificial Intelligence, graduating with a Master of Science in Cognitive Science and Engineering. After graduation, I did Human Factors research at the University of Groningen for some years, and then became a software engineer and game designer for serious games and simulation. In 2015 I got back to research again, starting as a PhD student at the University of Twente at the Department of Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety.

Research projects

My current research project is called “Closing the gap between the real world and the lab.”

In this project I study risk perception and social factors influencing this perception. Social amplification of risks may exaggerate or attenuate perceptions of risks, which has consequences for society and policy responses. This calls for tools that can trace changes in risk perception and corresponding behavioral changes in societies over long time-scales explicitly accounting for social interactions.

Laboratory experiments are an effective method to study behavioral changes., but their external validity is often criticized because of their small scale, short-time span and artificiality. Computer simulations, most notably agent-based modeling simulations (ABMS), are powerful in studying long-term dynamics of artificial societies but often lack empirical basis for behavioral rules. The aim of my project is to combine both approaches to answer the following questions. What is the impact of social influence on individual risk perception and subsequent behavior change as compared to when people are exposed to information individually? How do results of a laboratory experiment change when extended in time and scaled-up within a controlled largescale experiment?


Quispel, L., Warris, S., Heemskerk, M., Mulder, L.J.M., Brookhuis, K.A., Van Wolffelaar, P.C. (2001). Automan, a psychologically based model of a human driver. In F.J. Maarse, A.E.Akkerman,A.N. Brand and L.J.M. Mulder (Eds.). Clinical Asessment, Computerized Methods and Instrumentation. Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.

Ben Mulder, Dick de Waard, Piet Hoogeboom, Lennart Quispel, Arjan Stuiver. (2007). Towards a Companion: using physiological measures for task adaptation.   In Westerink, J.H.D.M.; Ouwerkerk, M.; Overbeek, T.J.M.; Pasveer, W.F.; de Ruyter, B. (Eds.). Probing Experiences From academic research to commercial propositions. Philips research book series, Vol. 8. The Netherlands, Springer

Mulder, L.J.M, Van Roon, A.M, Althaus, M. , Veldman, J.B.P., Laumann, K., Bos, J.,Quispel, L., Dicke, M.. (2002) Determining dynamic cardiovascular state changes using a baro-reflex simulation model. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Europe Chapter, Annual Meeting 2001.