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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

  • 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.
  • Genschow, O., Bardi, L., & Brass, M. (in press). Anticipating actions and corticospinal excitability: A pre-registered motor TMS experiment. Cortex.
  • Weiss*, A., Burgmer*, P., & Mussweiler, T. (in press). Two-faced morality: Distrust promotes divergent moral standards for the self versus others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  * shared first authorship
  • Hofmann, W., Brandt, M. J., Wisneski, D. C., Rockenbach, B., & Skitka, L. J. (in press). Moral punishment in everyday life. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Keupp, S., Barbarroja Capdevila, N., Topolinski, S., & Fischer, J. (in press). Are monkeys intuitive Aristotelians? – Associations between target size and vertical target position in long-tailed macaques. Royal Society Open Science.
  • Conway, P., Weiss, A., Burgmer, P., & Mussweiler, T. (in press). Distrusting your moral compass: The impact of distrust mindsets on moral dilemma processing and judgment. Social Cognition.
  • 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.

SoCCCo in the Media

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

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

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