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Welcome to the Social Cognition Center Cologne

Ten Research Groups study a broad array of topics in Social Cognition.

The Social Cognition Center Cologne (SoCCCo) provides a dynamic research environment for the psychological study of human social behavior with an emphasis on underlying social cognitive processes. Ten research groups study a broad array of topics in social cognition, ranging from the dynamics of self-control to the ubiquity of social comparison and the intricacies of processing valenced information.


Most Recent SoCCCo Publications

  • Dohle, S., & Montoya, A. K. (in press). The dark side of fluency: Fluent names increase drug dosing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
  • Zürn, M., & Topolinski, S. (2017). When trust comes easy: Articulatory fluency increases transfers in the trust game. Journal of Economic Psychology, 61, 74–86.
  • Dohle, S., & Bucher, T. (in press). Whether people believe that overweight is unhealthy depends on their BMI. European Journal of Public Health.
  • Steinmetz*, J., & Posten*, A.-C. (2017). Physical temperature affects response behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 70, 294–300. * shared first authorship
  • Silva, R. R., Garcia-Marques, T., & Reber, R. (2017). The informative value of type of repetition: Perceptual and conceptual fluency influences on judgments of truth. Consciousness and Cognition, 51, 53–67.
  • Molho, C., Tybur, J. M., Güler, E., Balliet, D., & Hofmann, W. (in press). Disgust and anger relate to different aggressive responses to moral violations. Psychological Science.
  • Dohle, S., & Dawson, I. G. J. (in press). Putting knowledge into practice: Does information on adverse drug interactions influence people's dosing behavior? British Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Mötteli, S., & Dohle, S. (in press). Egocentric social network correlates of physical activity. Journal of Sport and Health Science.
  • Ghoniem, A., & Hofmann, W. (2016). Desire. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences (pp. 1–4). Springer International Publishing.
  • Erle, T. M., & Topolinski, S. (in press). The grounded nature of psychological perspective-taking. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Erle, T. M., Reber, R., & Topolinski, S. (in press). Affect from mere perception: Illusory contour perception feels good. Emotion.

SoCCCo in the Media

Mar 2, 2017 | ZDF HEUTE
Innerlich Inventur machen | Wilhelm Hofmann on Lent and reasonable fasting | By Marie Eickhoff

Feb 19, 2017 | FAZ
Charakterkunde zu Neid: Das hässlichste Gefühl | Jan Crusius and Thomas Mussweiler on benign and malicious envy | By Katrin Hummel

Dec 30, 2016 | WDR
Das Leben als To-do-Liste | Wilhelm Hofmann on the pros and cons of bucket lists | By Ildiko Holderer

Dec 17, 2016 | QUIRKS & QUARKS
How to Convince a Conservative Climate Change Skeptic | Matthew Baldwin on tayloring message framing to the audience | By Bob McDonald

Dec 12, 2016 | LA TIMES
To Mobilize Trump's America for Environmental Protection, Invoke the Past | On the PNAS Paper "Past-focused environmental comparisons promote proenvironmental outcomes for conservatives" by Matthew Baldwin and Joris Lammers | By Melissa Healy

Oct 16, 2016 | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Most Food Tastes Better When We Prepare It Ourselves, Study Finds | Simone Dohle on the "IKEA effect" in food preparation | By Beckie Strum

Sep 22, 2016 | DEUTSCHLANDRADIO
Die Todsünde Neid: Analyse eine tabuisierten Gefühls | Jens Lange on envy as a taboo emotion | By Pia Rauschenberger