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Welcome to the Social Cognition Center Cologne

Eleven 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. Eleven 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

  • Alves, H., Koch, A., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). The differential similarity of positive and negative information—An affect-induced processing outcome? Cognition and Emotion.
  • Lammers, J., & Burgmer, P. (in press). Power increases the self-serving bias in the attribution of collective successes and failures. European Journal of Social Psychology.  [data and materials on OSF]
  • Saulin, A., Baumgartner, T., Gianotti, L. R. R., Hofmann, W., & Knoch, D. (in press). Frequency of helping friends and helping strangers is explained by different neural signatures. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Becker, D., Jostmann, N. B., Hofmann, W., & Holland, R. W. (in press). Spoiling the pleasure of success: Emotional reactions to the experience of self-control conflict in the eating domain. Emotion.
  • Dohle, S., & Hofmann, W. (in press). Consistency and balancing in everyday health behavior: An Ecological Momentary Assessment approach. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.
  • Fini, C., Verbeke, P., Sieber, S., Moors, A., Brass, M., & Genschow, Oliver. (in press). The influence of threat on perceived spatial distance to out-group members. Psychological Research.
  • Rivers, A. M., & Hahn, A. (in press). What cognitive mechanisms do people reflect on when they predict IAT scores? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin[osf]
  • Fleischmann, A., Lammers, J., Stoker, J. I., & Garretsen, H. (in press). You can leave your glasses on: Glasses can increase electoral success. Social Psychology.  [osf]
  • Unkelbach, C., & Förderer, S. (in press). A model of attribute conditioning. Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Unkelbach, C., & Greifender, R. (in press). Experiential fluency and declarative advice jointly inform judgments of truth. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Gast, A. (in press). A declarative memory model of evaluative conditioning effects. Social Psychological Bulletin.
  • Erle, T. M., & Topolinski, S. (in press). Disillusionment: How expectations shape the enjoyment of early perceptual processes. Experimental Psychology.
  • McCarthy, R. J., Skowronski, J. J., Verschuere, B., Meijer, E. H., Jim, A., Hoogesteyn, K., … Blatz, L., … Crusius, J., … Yıldız, E. (in press). Registered Replication Report: Srull & Wyer (1979). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science..  [pre-print]  [open data and materials]
  • Verschuere, B., Meijer, E. H., Jim, A., McCarthy, R., Hoogesteyn, K., Skowronski, J.,… Blatz, L., … Crusius, J., … Yıldız, E (in press). Registered Replication Report: Mazar, N., Amir, O., & Ariely, D. (2008). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.  [pre-print]  [open data and materials]
  • Katzir, M., Hoffmann, M., & Liberman, N. (in press). Disgust as an essentialist emotion that signals non-violent out-grouping with potentially low social costs. Emotion.
  • Faure, R., Righetti, F., Seibel, M., & Hofmann, W. (in press). Speech is silver, nonverbal behavior is gold: How implicit partner evaluations affect dyadic interactions in close relationships. Psychological Science.

SoCCCo in the Media

Oct 10, 2018 | FAZ
Politiker und Brillen: Auge um Auge [Politicians and glasses: An eye for an eye] | Press coverage of a publication by Alexandra Fleischmann, Joris Lammers, and colleagues | By Thomas Diel

Oct 2, 2018 | University of Cologne
Politiker und Politikerinnen mit Brille werden im Experiment häufiger gewählt [Politicians wearing glasses get elected more often in an experimental setting] | Press release on a publication by Alexandra Fleischmann, Joris Lammers, and colleagues | By Frieda Berg

Sep 17, 2018 | DGPs
In-Mind erhält den Förderpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie [In-Mind is awarded the prize for promoting psychology by the German Psychological Association (DGPs)] | Oliver Genschow and Jan Crusius accept the prize as members of the editorial board of the In-Mind Online Magazine | By Anne Klostermann

July 10, 2018 | SPEKTRUM
Neid - Die Kirschen in Nachbars Garten [Envy—The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence] | Jan Crusius and Jens Lange on the (in)evitability of painful social comparisons | By Theodor Schaarschmidt

July, 2018 | MEIN ERBE TUT GUTES
Gutes tun steckt an [Doing good is contagious] | Alexandra Fleischmann on the influence of social comparison on moral behavior | By Angelika S. Friedl

Apr 13, 2018 | SPEKTRUM
Dürfen wir stolz sein? [Is it OK to be proud?] | Jan Crusius on functions of pride and its interplay with envy | By Theodor Schaarschmidt

July, 2018 | PSYCHOLOGIE HEUTE
Gemeinsam im Stress [Together under stress] | Jan Crusius on stress evoked by social comparison | By Frank Luerweg

Apr 13, 2018 | SPEKTRUM
Dürfen wir stolz sein? [Is it OK to be proud?] | Jan Crusius on functions of pride and its interplay with envy | By Theodor Schaarschmidt

May 8, 2018 | SÜDDEUTSCHE
Liebe in der Nische [on the paper Sharing rare attitudes attracts] | Hans Alves on rare attitudes and how they foster relationships | By Sebastian Herrmann

Feb 20, 2018 | QUARKS by WDR
Schlechte Gewohnheiten - wie wir sie endlich loswerden | Wilhelm Hofmann on bad habits and how to get rid of them

Feb 2018 | IN-MIND
We are ready to move! [EN]
Wir sind bereit, voranzuschreiten! [DE] | An interview with Daniel Lakens and Klaus Fiedler on the current challenges in the field of psychological research | By Oliver Genschow & Jan Crusius

Feb 1, 2018 | PACIFIC STANDARD
Conservatives' love of nostalgia can be used to promote liberal values | Media coverage of Lammers & Baldwin, 2018, JPSP | By Tom Jacobs

Jan 29, 2018 | ZEIT Campus
Beat the Prof – Schuld und Reue | Friederike Funk on whether revenge is truly sweet

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

Aug 17, 2017 | DEUTSCHLANDFUNK
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