dr.ir. P.W. de Vries (Peter)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Peter de Vries is assistant professor at the department of Psychology of Conflict, Risk, & Safety. His past research includes automaticity in traffic mode choice, its effects on the execution of behavioural intentions in the context of light regulation, the effect of interactive feedback in household appliances on energy saving, and the effect of trust on technology use.

Functions and membership

  • Reviewer Journal of Technology and Human Interaction
  • Reviewer International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • Scientific review committee of Persuasive Technology


Energy Saving
Persuasive Technology
Attitude Change
Information Systems
Energy Conservation
Voting Behavior
Social Media
Consumption Behavior


Current research interests include:

  • Information processing
  • Trust and distrust
  • Deviant behaviour
  • Effects of environmental cues
  • Crowd psychology
  • Persuasive Technology


de Graaff, M. C., de Vries, P. W., van Bijlevelt, W. J., & Giebels, E. (2017). Ethical leadership in the military: The gap between theory and practice in ethics education. In P. H. J. Olsthoorn (Ed.), Military Ethics and Leadership: The Gap between Theory and Practice in Ethics Education (pp. 56-85). (International Studies on Military Ethics; Vol. 3). Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004339590_004
Wijn, R., van der Kleij, R., Kallen, V., Stekkinger, M., & de Vries, P. (2017). Telling friend from foe: Environmental cues improve detection accuracy of individuals with hostile intentions. Legal and criminological psychology, 22(2), 378-399. DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12107
Bloeme, R., de Vries, P., Galetzka, M., & van Soomeren, P. (2017). Persuasive technology against public nuisance: Public urination in the urban nightlife district. In P. W. de Vries, H. Oinas-Kukkonen, L. Siemons, N. Beerlage-de Jong, & L. van Gemert-Pijnen (Eds.), Persuasive Technology: Development and Implementation of Personalized Technologies to Change Attitudes and Behaviors: 12th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 4–6, 2017, Proceedings (pp. 187-198). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 10171), (Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55134-0_15
Other Contributions
  • Gutteling, J.M., & De Vries, P.W. (in press). Determinants of seeking and avoiding risk-related information in times of crisis. Risk Analysis, xx, xxx-xxx.
  • Van Hoof, J.J., De Vries, P.W., & Kroes, J. (in press) Using the Lost Letter Technique to measure real-life behavioural effects of alcohol use . Journal of Substance Use, xx, xxx-xxx.
  • De Vries, P. W., Van Den Berg, S. M., & Midden, C. (2015). Assessing technology in the absence of proof: Trust based on the interplay of others opinions and the interaction process. Human Factors, 57(8), 1378-1402. doi: 10.1177/0018720815598604
  • Van Rompay, T. J. L., De Vries, P. W., & Damink, M. T. (2015). “For your safety”: Effects of camera surveillance on safety impressions, situation construal and attributed intent. Lecture notes in computer science (Vol. 9072, pp. 141-146): Springer.
  • De Vries, P., Galetzka, M., Gutteling, J. (2014). Persuasion in the Wild: Communication, Technology, and Event Safety. In: Spagnolli, A., Chittaro, L., Gamberini, L. (eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8462, pp. 80-91. Springer International Publishing.
  • Verroen, S., Gutteling, J.M., De Vries, P.W. (2013). Enhancing Self-Protective Behavior: Efficacy Beliefs and Peer Feedback in Risk Communication. Risk Analysis 33, 1252-1264. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01924.x
  • Bouwmeester, Jaap, Franx, Kim, Holzmann, Marion, Gutteling, Jan M., & De Vries, Peter (2012). Informatiemiddelen en zoekgedrag bij dreiging en crises. Hoorn: WODC / Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie.
  • Galetzka, Mirjam, & De Vries, Peter (2012). Motieven, omgeving, en gedrag; wat beweegt de mustreiziger? Transfercapaciteit op perrons, stijgpunten, traverseruimtes en halvoorzieningen. Enschede: Universiteit Twente.
  • Gutteling, J.M., & De Vries, P.W. (2012). Informatie zoekgedrag bij dreiging en crises. Ruimtelijke Veiligheid en Risicobeleid, 3(9), 11.
  • Van Rompay, Thomas J. L., de Vries, Peter W., Bontekoe, Fenna, & Tanja-Dijkstra, Karin (2012). Embodied product perception: Effects of verticality cues in advertising and packaging design on consumer impressions and price expectations. Psychology & Marketing, 29(12), 919-928. doi: 10.1002/mar.20574
  • De Vries, P., Aarts, H., & Midden, C. J. H. (2011). Changing simple energy-related consumer behaviors: How the enactment of intentions is thwarted by acting and non-acting habits. Environment and Behavior, 43(5), 612-633. doi: 10.1177/0013916510369630
  • De Vries, Peter W., & Knol, Erik. (2011). Serious Gaming as a Means to Change Adolescents Attitudes Towards Saving Energy; Preliminary Results from the EnerCities Case. Proceedings EDEN Annual Conference 2011.
  • Knol, Erik, & De Vries, Peter W. (2011). EnerCities - A Serious Game to Stimulate Sustainability and Energy Conservation: Preliminary Results. eLearning Papers, 25.
  • McCalley, L. T., de Vries, P. W., & Midden, C. J. H. (2011). Consumer response to product-integrated energy feedback: Behavior, goal level shifts, and energy conservation. Environment and Behavior, 43(4), 525-545. doi: 10.1177/0013916510371053
  • Knol, Erik, & De Vries, Peter W. (2010a). EnerCities: Educational Game about Energy. Proceedings CESB10 Central Europe towards Sustainable Building.
  • Van Rompay, T.J.L., De Vries, P.W., & Van Venrooij, X.G. (2010). More than words: On the importance of picture-text congruence in the online environment. Journal of Interactive Marketing, 24(1), 22-30.
  • De Vries, P. & Van Rompay, T. J. L. (2009). Subtle persuasion: The unobtrusive effect of website-banner congruence on trust. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, Persuasive'09; Claremont, CA; 26 -29 April 2009. Available at: doi.acm.org/10.1145/1541948.1541971
  • Swaak, M., De Jong, M., & De Vries, P. (2009). Effects of information usefulness, visual attractiveness, and usability on web visitors' trust and behavioral intentions. IEEE International Professional Communication Conference Proceedings, IPCC 2009; Waikiki, HI; 19 - 22 July 2009. Available at: doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/IPCC.2009.5208719
  • De Vries, P. & Midden, C. (2008). The effect of indirect information on system trust and control allocation. Behaviour and Information Technology, 27(1), 17-29.
  • Fischer, A.R.H. & De Vries, P.W. (2008). Everyday behaviour and everyday risk: An approach to study people's responses to frequently encountered food related health risks. Health, Risk and Society, 10(4), 385-397.
  • De Vries, P., Midden, C., & Meijnders, A.L. (2007). Antecedents of system trust: Cues and process feedback. In M.Siegrist, T.C. Earle, & H. Gutscher (Eds.), Trust in cooperative risk management: Uncertainty and scepticism in the public mind (pp. 241-266). London: Earthscan.
  • De Vries, P. & Pruyn, A. (2007). Source salience and the persuasiveness of peer recommendations: The mediating role of social trust. Lecture Notes In Computer Science, 4744, 164-175.
  • De Vries, P. (2006). Social presence as a conduit to the social dimensions of online trust. Lecture Notes In Computer Science, 3962, 55-59.
  • De Vries, P. (2006). The proof of the pudding is in the tasting - or is it? Novice consumers' trust in providers of online advice. In K.M.Ekström & H. Brembeck (Eds.), European advances in consumer research (pp. 278-284). Duluth, MN: Association of Consumer Research.
  • De Vries, P., Midden, C., & Meijnders, A. L. (2005). Directe en indirecte ervaringen als antecedenten van systeemvertrouwen. In E.H.Gordijn, R. Holland, A. L. Meijnders, & J. Ouwerkerk (Eds.), Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2004 (pp. 449-463). Groningen: ASPO Pers.
  • De Vries, P. (2004). Trust in systems: Effects of direct and indirect information. Doctoral thesis, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  • De Vries, P., Midden, C., & Bouwhuis, D. (2003). The effects of errors on system trust, self-confidence, and the allocation of control in route planning. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 58(6), 719-735.
  • Aarts, H., Dijksterhuis, A., & De Vries, P. (2001). On the psychology of drinking: Being thirsty and perceptually ready. British Journal of Psychology, 92(4), 631-642.
  • De Vries, P., Aarts, H., & Midden, C. (1999). De controle van gewoontegedrag: Is het moeilijker om iets te doen dan om iets niet te doen? In C.Martijn, C. G. Rutte, D. A. Stapel, & E. Van Dijk (Eds.), Fundamentele Sociale Psychologie (14 ed., pp. 151-158). Delft: Eburon.
  • De Vries, P., Van Vught, C., Fokkema, A., Aarts, H., Dijksterhuis, A., & Gollwitzer, P. (1998). De verhouding tussen gewoontegedrag en gepland gedrag. In A.van Knippenberg, C. K. W. de Dreu, C. Martijn, & C. G. Rutte (Eds.), Fundamentele Sociale Psychologie (12 ed., pp. 30-35). Tilburg: University Press.

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Peter de Vries is involved in teaching for the courses and programmes listed below and is also supervision of Bachelor and Master Theses for these programmes.

Affiliated Study Programmes




  • Effects of distrust on information processing and perception
  • Location-based technology and deviant behaviour
  • Detection of leadership
  • Camera surveillance and safety perceptions

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C241
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  C241
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands