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Visualisation of future self reduces criminal behaviour

“Those who can strongly imagine a future version of themselves, will be less inclined to behave criminally”

Experimental studies by Jean-Louis van Gelder and colleagues suggest that the tendency towards delinquent behaviour is associated with a reduced cognitive ability of people to imagine themselves in the future.
People who are better able to envision themselves in the future, also prove to be less prone to delinquent behaviour.

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mr. dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder

About mr. dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder

Jean-Louis van Gelder has a degree in Work & Organisational psychology (MA) and another one in Law (LL.M) from the University of Amsterdam. These backgrounds were combined into the doctoral dissertation “The Law and Psychology of Land Tenure Security: Evidence from Buenos Aires” which was also completed at the University of Amsterdam. Since March 2009 he has been working as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). In 2012 he finished his second dissertation on the role of affect and cognition in criminal decision making. His other research interests concern the use of innovative methods in crime research, risk perception and –behaviour, legal theory, socio-legal studies and the informal sector. Jean-Louis van Gelder is initiator and coördinator of NSCR’s CRIME Lab.

Jean-Louis is a member of the CRIME Lab & Technology Cluster.

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