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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

  • Alves, H., & Mata, A. (in press). The redundancy in cumulative information and how it biases impressions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Ecker, Y., & Bar-Anan, Y. (in press). The misattributing personality: The relationship between priming in the affect misattribution procedure, need for closure and body awareness. Social Cognition.
  • Ruessmann, J. K., & Topolinski, S. (in press). Economic decisions for others are more favorable for close than distant clients. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • De keersmaecker, J., Dunning, D. A., Pennycook, G., Rand, D. G., Sanchez, C., Unkelbach, C., & Roets, A. (in press). Investigating the robustness of the illusory truth effect across individual differences in cognitive ability, need for cognitive closure, and cognitive style [preprint]. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Van Dessel, P., Cone, J., Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (in press). The impact of valenced verbal information on implicit and explicit evaluation: The role of information diagnosticity, primacy, and memory cueing. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Diel, K., & Hofmann, W. (in press). Inspired to perspire: The predicted interplay of social comparison direction and standard extremity in the context of challenging exercising goals. Social Cognition.
  • Jekel, M. (in press). Empirical content as a criterion for evaluating models. Cognitive Processing.
  • Genschow*, O., Hansen*, J., Wänke, M., & Trope, Y. (in press). Psychological distance modulates goal-based versus movement-based imitation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.  [preprint, data, and materials on OSF]  * shared first authorship
  • Högden, F., Stahl, C., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Similarity-based and rule-based generalization in the acquisition of attitudes via evaluative conditioning. Cognition & Emotion.
  • Genschow, O., Rigoni, D., & Brass, M. (in press). The hand of god or the hand of Maradona? Believing in free will increases perceived intentionality of others’ behavior. Consciousness and Cognition.  [preprint, data, and materials on OSF]
  • Benedict, T., Richter, J., & Gast, A. (in press). The influence of misinformation manipulations on evaluative conditioning. Acta Psychologica.
  • Unkelbach, C., Koch, A. S., Silva, R. R., & Garcia-Marques, T. (in press). Truth by repetition: Explanations and implications. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • 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]
  • 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.

SoCCCo in the Media

Apr 17, 2019 | SPSP's Character & Context
Does power corrupt? How powerful people react in moral dilemmas | Blog post covering a publication by Alexandra Fleischmann, Joris Lammers, Paul Conway, and Adam D. Galinsky | By Alexandra Fleischmann

Mar 6, 2019 | LTO
Geschlechtergerechtigkeit in der Justiz: Berlin will mehr Frauen in Prü­fungs­kom­mis­sionen [Gender equality in the judiciary: Berlin calls for more female examiners in law state exams] | A study by Towfigh, Traxler, & Glöckner influences politics

Dec 30, 2018 | BR
Intuition: Wegweiser in einer komplexen Welt [Intuition: Guidance in a complex world] | A radio contribution on intuition by Andreas Glöckner and others | By Rita Homefeldt

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 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