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Chair Crusius Group | Interim Chair Sozialpsychologie I

Dr. Jan Crusius

Phone +49-221-470-7916
Fax +49-221-470-1216

AddressRichard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln | Germany

Room 2.A11
Office hours by appointment

Research interests

Social cognition • Comparative emotions • Achievement motivation • Personal motives • Conflict and cooperation


  • Lange, J., Blatz, L., & Crusius, J. (in press). Dispositional envy: A conceptual review. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of personality and individual differences. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.  [pdf]
  • Lange, J., Paulhus, D. L., & Crusius, J. (in press). Elucidating the dark side of envy: Distinctive links of benign and malicious envy with dark personalities. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  [pdf]  [open data and materials]
  • Lange, J., Weidman, A. C., & Crusius, J. (in press). The painful duality of envy: Evidence for an integrative theory and a meta-analysis on the relation of envy and schadenfreude. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi:10.1037/pspi0000118  [pdf]  [open data and materials]
  • Crusius*, J., & Lange*, J. (2017). How do people respond to threatened social status? Moderators of benign versus malicious envy. In R. H. Smith, U. Merlone, & M. K. Duffy (Eds.), Envy at work and in organizations (pp. 85–110). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  [pdf]  * shared first authorship
  • Appel, H., Gerlach, A. L., & Crusius, J. (2016). The interplay between Facebook use, social comparison, envy, and depression. Current Opinion in Psychology, 9, 44–49. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.10.006  [pdf]
  • Corcoran, K., & Crusius, J. (2016). Sozialer Vergleich [Social comparison]. In D. Frey & H.-W. Bierhoff (Eds.), Sozialpsychologie - Soziale Motive und Soziale Einstellungen [Social psychology—Social motives and social attitudes], Enzyklopädie der Psychologie (Vol. C/VI/2, pp. 87-106). Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe.  [pdf]
  • Lange*, J., Crusius*, J., & Hagemeyer, B. (2016). The Evil Queen's dilemma: Linking narcissistic admiration and rivalry to benign and malicious envy. European Journal of Personality, 30, 168-188. doi:10.1002/per.2047  [pdf]  [supplement]  [open data and materials]  * shared first authorship
  • Appel, H., Crusius, J., & Gerlach, A. (2015). Social comparison, envy, and depression on Facebook: A study looking at the effects of high comparison standards on depressed individuals. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34, 277-289. doi:10.1521/jscp.2015.34.4.277  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Lange, J. (2015). Envy. In M. Altman (Ed.), Real world decision making: An encyclopaedia of behavioral economics (pp. 122-123). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.  [pdf]
  • Lange, J., & Crusius, J. (2015). Dispositional envy revisited: Unraveling the motivational dynamics of benign and malicious envy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 284-294. doi:10.1177/0146167214564959  [pdf]  [open data and materials]
  • Lange, J., & Crusius, J. (2015). The tango of two deadly sins: The social-functional relation of envy and pride. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 453-472. doi:10.1037/pspi0000026  [pdf]  [open data and materials]
  • Open Science Collaboration (2015, August). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251). doi:10.1126/science.aac4716
  • Corcoran, K., & Crusius, J. (2014). Warum sozialpsychologische Forschung für die Rechtswissenschaften von Interesse ist [Why social psychological research is of interest for law]. Austrian Law Journal, 1, 40–47.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Lange, J. (2014). What catches the envious eye? How malicious and benign envy bias attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.05.007  [pdf]
  • Open Science Collaboration. (2014).  The reproducibility project: A model of large-scale collaboration for empirical research on reproducibility. In V. Stodden, F. Leisch, & R. D. Peng (Eds.), Implementing reproducible computational research (pp. 299–324). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2013). Untangling envy. The feeling can help us even when it hurts. Scientific American Mind, 24, 35–37.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). Des einen Freud, des anderen ... Gehirn&Geist, 10, 18–23.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). Social comparison in negotiation. In G. E. Bolton & R. T. A. Croson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of economic conflict resolution (pp. 120–137). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). To achieve or not to achieve? Comparative mindsets elicit assimilation and contrast in goal priming. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 780–788. doi:10.1002/ejsp.873  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). When people want what others have: The impulsive side of envious desire. Emotion, 12, 142–153. doi:10.1037/a0023523  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., van Horen, F., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). Why process matters: A social cognition perspective on economic behavior. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33, 677–685. doi:10.1016/j.joep.2011.09.004  [pdf]
  • Mussweiler, T., Todd, A. R., & Crusius, J. (2012). The cognitive underpinnings of social behavior: Selectivity in social cognition. In P. Hammerstein & J. R. Stevens (Eds.), Strüngmann Forum Reports: Vol. 11. Evolution and the mechanisms of decision making (pp. 275–286). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  [pdf]
  • Corcoran, K., Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2011). Social comparison: Motives, standards, and mechanisms. In D. Chadee (Ed.), Theories in social psychology (pp. 119–139). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.  [pdf]
  • Hanko, K., Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2010). When I and me are different: Assimilation and contrast in temporal self-comparisons. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 160–168. doi:10.1002/ejsp.625  [pdf]
  • Schubert, T., & Crusius, J. (2002). Five theses on the book problem: Presence in books, film and VR. In F. R. Gouveia & F. Biocca (Eds.), Proceedings of the fifth international workshop on presence (pp. 53–59). Porto, Portugal: Universidad Fernando Pessoa.  [pdf]

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