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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

  • Hofmann, W., Meindl, P., Mooijman, M., & Graham, J. (in press). Morality and self-control: How they are intertwined, and where they differ. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • Alves, H., Koch, A., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). A cognitive-ecological explanation of intergroup biases. Psychological Science.
  • Silva, R. R., Chrobot, N., Newman, E., Schwarz, N., & Topolinski, S. (in press). Make it short and easy: Username complexity determines trustworthiness above and beyond objective reputation. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2200. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02200
  • Högden, F., Hütter, M., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Does evaluative conditioning depend on awareness? Evidence from a continuous flash suppression paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
  • Gräf, M., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Halo effects from agency behaviors and communion behaviors depend on social context: Why technicians benefit more from showing tidiness than nurses do. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Lange, J., Paulhus, D. L., & Crusius, J. (in press). Elucidating the dark side of envy: Distinctive links of benign and malicious envy with dark personalities. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  [pdf]  [open data and materials]
  • Baldwin, M., White, M. H., & Sullivan, D. (in press). Nostalgia for America's past can buffer collective guilt. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Daniel, J. R., Silva, R. R., Santos, A. J., Cardoso, J., Coelho, L., Freitas, M., & Ribeiro, O. (2017). Perception accuracy of affiliative relationships in elementary school children and young adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1936.
  • Fleischmann, A., Lammers, J., Conway, P., & Galinsky, A. D. (in press). Paradoxical effects of power on moral thinking: Why power both increases and decreases deontological and utilitarian moral decisions. Social Psychological and Personality Science.  [data on OSF]
  • Lammers, J., & Baldwin, M. (in press). Past-focused temporal communication overcomes conservatives' resistance to liberal political ideas. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  [data on osf]
  • Katzir, M., Ori, B., & Meiran, N. (in press). "Optimal suppression" as a solution to the paradoxical cost of multitasking: Examination of suppression specificity in task switching. Psychological Research.
  • Lange, J., Weidman, A. C., & Crusius, J. (in press). The painful duality of envy: Evidence for an integrative theory and a meta-analysis on the relation of envy and schadenfreude. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  [pdf]  [open data and materials]
  • Cracco, E., Genschow, O., Radkova, I., & Brass, M. (in press). Automatic imitation of pro- and antisocial gestures: Is implicit social behavior censored? Cognition.

SoCCCo in the Media

Aug 24, 2017 | ZEIT Campus
Beat the Prof – Neid und soziale Vergleiche | Lisa Blatz and Jan Crusius on what makes Germans envious

Kevin und Mohammed – Die Last der Vornamen | Michael Zürn on first names as social markers | By Ulrike Burgwinkel

Jun 26, 2017 | SÜDDEUTSCHE
Schnell kapiert, hoch dosiert | Simone Dohle on the influence of drug names | By Sebastian Herrmann

May 18, 2017 | APA
General Valence Asymmetry in Similarity | Summary of the recent APA Journal article by Alex Koch, Hans Alves, Tobias Krüger, and Christian Unkelbach | By APA Journals Article Spotlight®

May 16, 2017 | WDR5 LEONARDO
Geschmack und Psyche: dem Kölner schmeckt Kölsch | Simone Dohle in a radio interview on the relativity of taste | By Jochen Paulus

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