Dr. Ann-Christin Posten

Phone  +49 (0) 221 470 4924
Fax  +49 (0) 221 470 1216
E-mail  a-c.posten(at)uni-koeln.de
Richard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln, Germany
2.A04 (2nd floor)
Office hours 
by appointment

Research interests

Trust & distrust
Stereotyping & person judgment
Uncertainty reduction in judgment and decision-making
Information integration and memory processes
Social and non-social comparison processes
Behavioral economics

Awards and distinctions

  • Junior Start-Up Grant The role of social distance on trust and cooperation: Does self-other overlap hinder 'rational' decisions? (together with Pinar Uğurlar), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2016
  • Seedcorn Grant, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), 2015
  • Best Paper Award for the paper entitled "When distrust frees your mind: Cognitive effects of trust and distrust on stereotyping" co-authored with Thomas Mussweiler, European Social Cognition Network (ESCON), 2011


  • Miller, J., Amit, E., & Posten, A.-C. (in press). Behavioral economics. In H. ten Have (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global bioethics. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Posten, A.-C., Ockenfels, A., & Mussweiler, T. (2014). How activating cognitive content shapes trust: A subliminal priming study. Journal of Economic Psychology, 41, 12–19. doi:10.1016/j.joep.2013.04.002
  • Posten, A.-C., & Mussweiler, T. (2013). When distrust frees your mind: The stereotype-reducing effects of distrust. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 567–584. doi:10.1037/a0033170