Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Topolinski

Phone  +49 (0) 221 470 2060
E-mail  sascha.topolinski(at)uni-koeln.de
Address Richard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln, Germany
Room  4.B14 (4th floor)
Office hours  by appointment

Research interests

Intuition
Fluency
Embodiment
Consumer choices
Humor
Language

Awards and distinctions

Röntgen-Award, University of Würzburg, 2011
Early Career Publication Award, European Society of Cognitive Psychology, 2010

Key publications

  • Topolinski, S., Lindner, S., & Freudenberg, A. (2013). Popcorn in the cinema: Oral interference sabotages advertising effects. Journal of Consumer Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.jcps.2013.09.008
  • Topolinski, S. (2012). The sensorimotor contributions to implicit memory, familiarity, and recollection. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 260–281. doi:10.1037/a0025658
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2010). False fame prevented: Avoiding fluency effects without judgmental correction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 721–733. doi:10.1037/a0019260
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2009). Motormouth: Mere exposure depends on stimulus-specific motor simulations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35, 423–433. doi:10.1037/a0014504
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2009). The architecture of intuition: Fluency and affect determine intuitive judgments of semantic and visual coherence and judgments of grammaticality in artificial grammar learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138, 39–63. doi:10.1037/a0014678

All publications

  • Remmers, C., Topolinski, S., Buxton, A., Dietrich, D. E., & Michalak, J. (in press). The beneficial and detrimental effects of major depression on intuitive decision-making. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Topolinski, S., & Boecker, L. (in press). Mouth-watering words: Articulatory inductions of eating-like mouth movements increase perceived food palatability. Appetite. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.018
  • Topolinski, S., Boecker, L., Erle, T. M., Bakhtiari, G., & Pecher, D. (in press). Matching between oral inward–outward movements of object names and oral movements associated with denoted objects. Cognition and Emotion. doi:10.1080/02699931.2015.1073692
  • Topolinski, S., Bakhtiari, G., & Erle, T. M. (2016). Can I cut the Gordian tnok? The impact of pronounceability, actual solvability, and length on intuitive problem assessments of anagrams. Cognition, 146, 439–452. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.10.019
  • Erle, T. M., & Topolinski, S. (2015). Spatial and empathic perspective-taking correlate on a dispositional level. Social Cognition, 33, 187–210. doi:10.1521/soco.2015.33.3.187
  • Schneider, I. K., van Harreveld, F., Rotteveel, M., Topolinski, S., van der Pligt, J., Schwarz, N., & Koole, S. L. (2015). The path of ambivalence: Tracing the pull of opposing evaluations using mouse trajectories. Frontiers in Psychologie, 6, 996. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00996
  • Topolinski, S., Erle, T. M., & Reber, R. (2015). Necker’s smile: Immediate affective consequences of early perceptual processes. Cognition, 140, 1–13. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.03.004
  • Topolinski, S., Zürn, M., & Schneider, I. K. (2015). What’s in and what’s out in branding? A novel articulation effect for brand names. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 585. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00585
  • Remmers, C., Topolinski, S., Dietrich, D. E., & Michalak, J. (2014). Impaired intuition in patients with major depressive disorder. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi:10.1111/bjc.12069
  • Remmers, C., Topolinski, S., & Michalak, J. (2014). Mindful(l) intuition: Does mindfulness influence the access to intuitive processes? The Journal of Positive Psychology. doi:10.1080/17439760.2014.950179
  • Topolinski, S. (2014). A processing fluency-account of funniness: Running gags and spoiling punchlines. Cognition and Emotion, 28, 811–820. doi:10.1080/02699931.2013.863180
  • Topolinski, S., Maschmann, I. T., Pecher, D., & Winkielman, P. (2014). Oral approach–avoidance: Affective consequences of muscular articulation dynamics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 885–896. doi:10.1037/a0036477
  • Topolinski, S. (2013). The sources of fluency: Identifying the underlying mechanisms of fluency effects. In C. Unkelbach & R. Greifender (Eds.), The experience of thinking: How the fluency of mental processes influences cognition and behaviour (pp. 33–49). New York, NY: Psychology Press.
  • Topolinski, S., & Deutsch, R. (2013). Phasic affective modulation of semantic priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39, 414–436. doi:10.1037/a0028879
  • Topolinski, S., Lindner, S., & Freudenberg, A. (2013). Popcorn in the cinema: Oral interference sabotages advertising effects. Journal of Consumer Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.jcps.2013.09.008
  • Schubert, L., Schubert, T. W., & Topolinski, S. (2013). The effect of spatial elevation on respect depends on merit and medium. Social Psychology, 44, 147–159. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000134
  • Leder, H., Bär, S., & Topolinski, S. (2012). Covert painting simulations influence aesthetic appreciation of artworks. Psychological Science, 23, 1479–1481. doi:10.1177/0956797612452866
  • Topolinski, S., & Pereira, P. T. (2012). Mapping the tip of the tongue—Deprivation, sensory sensitisation, and oral haptics. Perception, 41, 71–92. doi:10.1068/p6903
  • Sparenberg, P., Topolinski, S., Springer, A., & Prinz, W. (2012). Minimal mimicry: Mere effector matching induces preference. Brain and Cognition, 80, 291–300. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2012.08.004
  • Topolinski, S. (2012). Nonpropositional consistency. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive consistency: A fundamental principle in social cognition (pp. 112–131). New York, NY US: Guilford Press.
  • Topolinski, S., & Deutsch, R. (2012). Phasic affective modulation of creativity. Experimental Psychology, 59, 302–310. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000159
  • Topolinski, S. (2012). The sensorimotor contributions to implicit memory, familiarity, and recollection. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 260–281. doi:10.1037/a0025658
  • Topolinski, S., & Sparenberg, P. (2012). Turning the hands of time clockwise movements increase preference for novelty. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 308–314. doi:10.1177/1948550611419266
  • Topolinski, S. (2011). A process model of intuition. European Review of Social Psychology, 22, 274–315. doi:10.1080/10463283.2011.640078
  • Hansen, J., & Topolinski, S. (2011). An exploratory mindset reduces preference for prototypes and increases preference for novel exemplars. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 709–716. doi:10.1080/02699931.2010.496994
  • Topolinski, S. (2011). I 5683 you dialing phone numbers on cell phones activates key-concordant concepts. Psychological Science, 22, 355–360. doi:10.1177/0956797610397668
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2010). False fame prevented: Avoiding fluency effects without judgmental correction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 721–733. doi:10.1037/a0019260
  • Topolinski, S., & Reber, R. (2010). Gaining insight into the “aha” experience. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 402–405. doi:10.1177/0963721410388803
  • Topolinski, S., & Reber, R. (2010). Immediate truth – Temporal contiguity between a cognitive problem and its solution determines experienced veracity of the solution. Cognition, 114, 117–122. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2009.09.009
  • Topolinski, S. (2010). Moving the eye of the beholder: Motor components in vision determine aesthetic preference. Psychological Science, 21, 1220–1224. doi:10.1177/0956797610378308
  • Topolinski, S. (2010). Sensomotorik – kausaler Mechanismus oder Epiphänomen? Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 17, 151–154. doi:10.1026/1612-5010/a000026
  • Moreland, R. L., & Topolinski, S. (2010). The mere exposure phenomenon: A lingering melody by Robert Zajonc. Emotion Review, 2, 329–339. doi:10.1177/1754073910375479
  • Hansen, J., Winzeler, S., & Topolinski, S. (2010). When the death makes you smoke: A terror management perspective on the effectiveness of cigarette on-pack warnings. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 226–228. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2009.09.007
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2009). Motormouth: Mere exposure depends on stimulus-specific motor simulations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35, 423–433. doi:10.1037/a0014504
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2009). Scanning the “Fringe” of consciousness: What is felt and what is not felt in intuitions about semantic coherence. Consciousness and Cognition, 18, 608–618. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2008.06.002
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2009). The analysis of intuition: Processing fluency and affect in judgements of semantic coherence. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 1465–1503. doi:10.1080/02699930802420745
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2009). The architecture of intuition: Fluency and affect determine intuitive judgments of semantic and visual coherence and judgments of grammaticality in artificial grammar learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138, 39–63. doi:10.1037/a0014678
  • Topolinski, S., Likowski, K. U., Weyers, P., & Strack, F. (2009). The face of fluency: Semantic coherence automatically elicits a specific pattern of facial muscle reactions. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 260–271. doi:10.1080/02699930801994112
  • Topolinski, S., & Strack, F. (2008). Where there’s a will—there’s no intuition. The unintentional basis of semantic coherence judgments. Journal of Memory and Language, 58, 1032–1048. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2008.01.002
  • Topolinski, S., & Hertel, G. (2007). The role of personality in psychotherapists’ careers: Relationships between personality traits, therapeutic schools, and job satisfaction. Psychotherapy Research, 17, 378–390. doi:10.1080/10503300600830736