My published research focuses on the effect of the indoor environment (specifically heat) on heuristics and cognitive performance, as well as investigates the behavioral response to the COVID-19 recommendations to avoid crowded places. 

Does working from home work? 

That depends on the home. Working from home productivity depends on satisfaction with the home office climate (e.g. noise and temperature) and the hardware (e.g. chair and screen). Seemingly unbeknownst to the workers, however, opening a window improves satisfaction in both domains. 

Accepted - PLOS ONE

Does working from home work? That depends on the home! (2024)

Work with Piet Eichholtz and Nils Kok. Accepted PLOS ONE

Presented at UM-MIT workshop /  ASSA2023 - New Orleans

Avoiding Crowded Places During COVID-19

... is only possible with more up-to-date information. Strategic decision-making motivates most people to go when they expect others to stay home, inevitably leading to failure to avoid crowdedness. 

This article has more views than 96% of all Frontiers articles - 3,95x more than the average citations in the same field

Stroom, M., Eichholtz, P., & Kok, N. (2021). Avoiding Crowded Places During COVID-19: Common Sense or a Complex Strategic Decision?. Frontiers in psychology, 12, 700640.

Eichholtz, P., Kok, N., & Stroom, M. (2020). Vermijden drukke plekken is op papier gemakkelijker dan in de praktijk. Economisch Statistische Berichten, 105(4792), 578-581. 

Turning Up the Heat

...makes specifically men complain about the heat, and predict their performance will suffer, even though they are not actually performing worse. 


Stroom, M., Kok, N., Strobel, M., & Eichholtz, P. (2021). Turning Up the Heat: The Impact of Indoor Temperature on Cognitive Processes and the Validity of Self-Report. Judgment and Decision Making, 16(3), 766-795.

Presented at ISIAQ Healthy Buildings 2021 - Hawaii

Current working papers examine the degree in which (environmental) factors appear to influence working from home productivity versus factors that really influence productivity. Moreover, I redeveloped and validated a productivity questionnaire to do so. Second, recollection accuracy of productivity during COVID-19 is examined. Furthermore, I lead an exploratory investigation to assess the human ability to assess risk in networks.

Bounded Rationality in Social Network Analysis 

... is suggested by our observation that people use relatively easily assessable physical characteristics of a network. The often-complex mental calculation of objective risk dispersion in networks is substituted by a heuristics-driven approach. 

Human accuracy in social network analysis: the role of network characteristics in risk assessment (2023, Working Paper)

Work with Roselinde Kessels, Ingrid Rohde, and Martin Strobel. Under Review

Presented at SJDM2022 - San Diego

Forget about your Homework in Work-from-Home Evaluation

... implies that although the working-from-home literature relies heavily on self-reported retrospective scores, it neglects how much our current state carries-over into our memory. I show that for multiple work factors over time, during the turbulent COVID-19 period, the current scores predict the recollection score better than the actual score in the past. 

Forgot your Homework?! The Confounding Effect of Inaccuracy in Productivity and Stress Recollection on Work-from-Home Evaluation (2023, SSRN Working Paper). 

Single author work, Under Review.

Measuring Work-from-Home Productivity and Stress

... is needed to investigate and evaluate the move to home using productivity on multiple domains. I restructure, validate, and test the retest-reliability a previously validated productivity scale. Additionally, I examine and discuss the performance of simple single-item alternatives.

Measuring Work-from-Home Productivity and Stress: Restructuring, Validation, and Retest-Reliability of the Health Work Questionnaire (HWQ) and single-item scale alternatives in the Working-from-Home Context. (2023, SSRN Working Paper). 

Single author work.

Current projects focus real-world impact: measuring the impact of social performance of the ESG domain as well as exploring the behavior of individual agents given the uncertain climate context in real estate. 

Measuring Real World Impact of Social Performance...

... means pioneering to understand the impact buildings have on the health, well-being, and productivity of the people working and living in them,

as well as the (nearby) communities that are exposed to buildings. Using a self-constructed framework , I collect unique primary data in the field to enable financial performance analysis.  

Project involves close collaboration with Nils Kok and Harrison Street Investment Management. Additional funding is acquired with Dirk Brounen (Tilburg University).

Climate-Risk Perception in (Residential) Real Estate...

... has been inherently difficult to convey and instill into the buyer's market. Policy makers are struggling to find methods to translate abstract and uncertain risk to consumers. We aim to improve this process by applying behavioral insights.