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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

  • 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.
  • Genschow, O., Klomfar, S., d'Haene, I., & Brass, M. (in press). Mimicking and anticipating others' actions is linked to social information processing. PLOS ONE.
  • Cracco, E., Bardi, L., Desmet, C., Genschow, O., Rigoni, D., De Coster, L., … Brass, M. (in press). Automatic imitation: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin.
  • Alves, H. (in press). Sharing rare attitudes attracts. Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin.
  • 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.
  • Högden, F., Hütter, M., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Does evaluative conditioning depend on awareness? Evidence from a continuous flash suppression paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
  • Gräf, M., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Halo effects from agency behaviors and communion behaviors depend on social context: Why technicians benefit more from showing tidiness than nurses do. European Journal of Social Psychology.

SoCCCo in the Media

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