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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

  • Forstmann, M., & Burgmer, P. (2017). Antecedents, manifestations, and consequences of belief in mind–body dualism. In C. M. Zedelius, B. C. N. Müller, & J. W. Schooler (Eds.), The science of lay theories: How beliefs shape our cognition, behavior, and health (pp. 181–205). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Leung, A. K. Y., Liou, S., Miron-Spektor, E., Koh, B., Chan, D., Eisenberg, R., & Schneider, I. K. (in press). Middle ground approach to paradox: Within- and between-culture examination of the creative benefits of paradoxical frames. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Veenstra, L., Schneider, I. K., & Koole, S. L. (in press). The effects of motivational training on state anger and aggressive impulses among people varying in trait anger. Motivation Science.
  • Genschow, O., Rigoni, D., & Brass, M. (in press). Belief in free will affects causal attributions when judging others' behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Richter, J., & Gast, A. (in press). Distributed practice can boost evaluative conditioning by increasing memory for the stimulus pairs. Acta Psychologica.
  • Schnuerch, R., Richter, J., Koppehele-Gossel, J., & Gibbons, H. (2016). Multiple neural signatures of social proof and deviance during the observation of other people's preferences. Psychophysiology, 53, 823–836.
  • Lammers, J., Gast, A., Unkelbach, C., & Galinsky, A. D. (in press). Moral character impression formation depends on the valence homogeneity of the context. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Schneider, I. K., & Schwarz, N. (2017). Mixed feelings: the case of ambivalence. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 15, 39–45.
  • Posten, A.-C., & Mussweiler, T. (2017). That certain something! Focusing on similarities reduces judgmental uncertainty. Cognition, 165, 121–125.
  • 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.

SoCCCo in the Media

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

Ätsch! | Jens Lange on Schadenfreude and envy | By Birgit Heinrich

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