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

Seedcorn grant, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), 2015

Heinz Sauermann Sponsorship Award, Society for Experimental Economic Research (GfeW), 2014

Dissertation Award Finalist, Society for Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), Round of last three, 2013

Post-doctoral Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2013-2015

Research Fellowship, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, 2013-2015

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