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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Friederike Funk

Phone +49-221-470-7401
Fax +49-221-470-7200
AddressRichard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln | Germany

Room 4.B01
Office hours by appointment

Research interests

Punishment and forgiveness • Justice restoration • Face perception


  • Gollwitzer, M., Braun, J., & Funk, F. (2018). Experimental online study: Capturing people’s spontaneous reactions towards personal retaliation. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/9781526434197
  • Funk, F., Walker, M., & Todorov, A. (2017). Modelling perceptions of criminality and remorse from faces using a data-driven computational approach. Cognition and Emotion, 31, 1431–1443. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1227305
  • McGeer, V., & Funk, F. (2017). Are 'optimistic' theories of criminal justice psychologically feasible? The probative case of civic republicanism. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 11, 523–544. doi:10.1007/s11572-015-9381-2
  • Gollwitzer, M., Braun, J., Funk, F., & Süssenbach, P. (2016). People as intuitive retaliators: Spontaneous and deliberate reactions to observed retaliation. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 521–529. doi:10.1177/1948550616644300
  • Todorov, A., Funk, F., & Olivola, C. Y. (2015). Response to Bonnefon et al.: Limited "kernels of truth" in facial inferences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 422–423. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.05.013
  • Funk, F., McGeer, V., & Gollwitzer, M. (2014). Get the message: Punishment is satisfying if the transgressor responds to its communicative intent. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 986–997. doi:10.1177/0146167214533130
  • Olivola, C. Y., Funk, F., & Todorov, A. (2014). Social attributions from faces bias human choices. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18, 566–570. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2014.09.007
  • Funk, F., & Todorov, A. (2013). Criminal stereotypes in the courtroom: Facial tattoos affect guilt and punishment differently. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19, 466–478. doi:10.1037/a0034736
  • Kugler, M. B., Funk, F., Braun, J., Gollwitzer, M., Kay, A. C., & Darley, J. M. (2013). Differences in punitiveness across three cultures: A test of American Exceptionalism in justice attitudes. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 103, 1071–1114. [link]

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Academic distinctions

  • Seedcorn Grant Examining the Social Cognition of Perceived Remorse, awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2017
  • Student Grant awarded to Jana Berkessel for her Master's Thesis The source memory of remorseful faces (Advisor: Friederike Funk), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2017
  • Junior Start-Up Grant A social functional approach to remorse (together with Jens Lange), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2016
  • Reintegration Stipend for German researchers abroad ("Programm zur Rückgewinnung deutscher Wissenschaftler aus dem Ausland"), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2015
  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2015
  • Political Philosophy Travel Grant, Princeton University Center for Human Values, 2014
  • Dean's Fund for Scholarly Travel, Princeton University Graduate School, 2014
  • Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship, Princeton University Center for Human Values, 2014-2015
  • Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars, Princeton University, 2012-2014
  • First Year Fellowship, Psychology Department, Princeton University, 2010-2011
  • DAAD Travel Grant ("Kurzstipendium für Abschlussarbeiten"), Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University, 2009

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