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DFG Research Unit FOR 2150 | Relativity in Social Cognition

Projects and Researchers

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  • Team | Curve-Fitting
    Team | Curve-Fitting
  • Roland Imhoff
    Roland Imhoff
  • Ron Dotsch
    Ron Dotsch
  • Paul Barker
    Paul Barker
  • The Curve-Fitting project will revisit one of the central tenets of social comparison research: The notion that people show either judgmental assimilation or contrast as a function of comparison standard extremity. To do so and to overcome previous problems with arbitrarily chosen definitions of "moderate", respectively "extreme", we will rely on curve-fitting analyses of judgments as a function of pertinent comparison standards across a continuous dimension. [more]
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  • Team | Evaluative Ecology
    Team | Evaluative Ecology
  • Christian Unkelbach
    Christian Unkelbach
  • Anne Gast
    Anne Gast
  • Hans Alves
    Hans Alves
  • Fabia Högden
    Fabia Högden
  • The Evaluative Ecology project investigates the interplay of comparison processes with structural properties of the information ecology; concretely, the higher frequency and higher similarity of positive information relative to negative information. This interplay allows precise prediction for the perception of groups, serial evaluations, and evaluative learning phenomena. [more]
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  • Team | Verticality
    Team | Verticality
  • Sascha Topolinski
    Sascha Topolinski
  • Jan Crusius
    Jan Crusius
  • Lea Boecker
    Lea Boecker
  • Judith Gerten
    Judith Gerten
  • The Verticality project investigates the role of spatial representation in comparative thinking, placing particular focus on the link between verticality (up and down) and social comparisons (upward and downward). To this end, the influence of vertical positions on social comparison-based emotions and the susceptibility of these different emotions to vertical manipulations will be explored in several studies. [more]
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  • Team | Self-Regulation
    Team | Self-Regulation
  • Wilhelm Hofmann
    Wilhelm Hofmann
  • Axel Ockenfels
    Axel Ockenfels
  • Katharina Diel
    Katharina Diel
  • Uta Schier
    Uta Schier
  • The Self-Regulation project investigates the motivating or demotivating role of social comparison processes for the pursuit of self-improvement goals—in laboratory and also in field studies. Taking a dynamic perspective, we also look at how different motivational mindsets influence the strategic selection of social comparison partners. [more]
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  • Team | Political Corruption
    Team | Political Corruption
  • Joris Lammers
    Joris Lammers
  • Adam Galinsky
    Adam Galinsky
  • Alexandra Fleischmann
    Alexandra Fleischmann
  • We aim to show that people's reactions to Political Corruption and immorality depends on comparison processes. We focus on how cases of corruption influence attention to politicians, how people generalize beyond single cases of corruption, and how corruption affects relations between citizens. [more]
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  • Team | Central Project
    Team | Central Project
  • Christian Unkelbach
    Christian Unkelbach
  • Matthew Baldwin
    Matthew Baldwin
  • Lea Sperlich
    Lea Sperlich
  • Laura Van Berkel
    Laura Van Berkel
  • Alexa Weiss
    Alexa Weiss
  • Daniela Kussberger
    Daniela Kussberger
  • The members of the Central project pursue additional research relating to the topics of the research unit, particularly social comparison, and develop new research questions and collaborations at the intersection of the individual projects. As such, the central project fosters the integration of the research unit as a whole. [more]