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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

  • Koch, A. S., Kervyn, N., Kervyn, M., & Imhoff, R. (in press). Studying the cognitive map of the U.S. states: Ideology and prosperity stereotypes predict interstate prejudice. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Dohle, S., Diel, K., & Hofmann, W. (in press). Executive functions and the self-regulation of eating behavior: A review. Appetite.
  • Lindau, B., & Topolinski, S. (in press). The articulatory in-out effect resists oral motor-interference. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
  • Van Berkel, L., Molina, L. E., & Mukherjee, S. (in press). Gender asymmetry in the construction of American national identity. Psychology of Women Quarterly.
  • Wiese, C. W., Tay, L., Durckworth, A. L., D'Mello, S., Kuykendall, L., Hofmann, W., Baumeister, R. F., & Vohs, K. D. (in press). Too much of a good thing? Exploring the inverted-U relationship between self-control and happiness. Journal of Personality.
  • Lopez, R. B., Chen, P.-H. A., Huckins, J. F., Hofmann, W., Kelley, W. M., & Heatherton, T. F. (in press). A balance of activity in brain control and reward systems predicts self-regulatory outcomes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
  • 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.

SoCCCo in the Media

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®

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