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Welcome to the Social Cognition Center Cologne

Ten Research Groups study a broad array of topics in Social Cognition.

The Social Cognition Center Cologne (SoCCCo) provides a dynamic research environment for the psychological study of human social behavior with an emphasis on underlying social cognitive processes. Ten research groups study a broad array of topics in social cognition, ranging from the dynamics of self-control to the ubiquity of social comparison and the intricacies of processing valenced information.



Most Recent SoCCCo Publications

  • Schneider, I. K., Gillebaart, M., & Mattes, A. (in press). Meta-analytic evidence for ambivalence resolution as a key process in effortless self-control. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Posten, A-.C., Bliesener, T., Dahle, K.-P., & Orth, C. (in press). Zur Expertise forensischer Sachverständiger - Ein Positionspapier [On the expertise of forensic expert witnesses - A position paper]. Psychologische Rundschau.
  • Jekel, M.*, Fiedler, S.*, Allstadt Torras, R., Mischkowski, D., Dorrough, A. R., & Glöckner, A. (in press). How to teach open science principles in the undergraduate curriculum - the Hagen Cumulative Science Project. Psychology Learning & Teaching. *shared first authorship
  • Kannegießer, A., Orth, C., Posten, A.-C., & Hoese, M. (2019). Neue Föderative Gutachtenstandards - Die Quadratur des Kreises? [New federal standards for expert witness reports - squaring the circle?] Praxis der Rechtspsychologie, 29, 147–151.
  • Mischkowski, D., Stone, R., & Stremitzer, A. (in press). Promises, expectations, and social cooperation. The Journal of Law and Economics.
  • Posten, A.-C., & Mussweiler, T. (in press). Egocentric foundations of trust. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Alves, H., & Mata, A. (in press). The redundancy in cumulative information and how it biases impressions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Ecker, Y., & Bar-Anan, Y. (in press). The misattributing personality: The relationship between priming in the affect misattribution procedure, need for closure and body awareness. Social Cognition.
  • De keersmaecker, J., Dunning, D. A., Pennycook, G., Rand, D. G., Sanchez, C., Unkelbach, C., & Roets, A. (in press). Investigating the robustness of the illusory truth effect across individual differences in cognitive ability, need for cognitive closure, and cognitive style [preprint]. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Van Dessel, P., Cone, J., Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (in press). The impact of valenced verbal information on implicit and explicit evaluation: The role of information diagnosticity, primacy, and memory cueing. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Diel, K., & Hofmann, W. (in press). Inspired to perspire: The predicted interplay of social comparison direction and standard extremity in the context of challenging exercising goals. Social Cognition.
  • Jekel, M. (in press). Empirical content as a criterion for evaluating models. Cognitive Processing.
  • Genschow*, O., Hansen*, J., Wänke, M., & Trope, Y. (in press). Psychological distance modulates goal-based versus movement-based imitation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.  [preprint, data, and materials on OSF]  * shared first authorship
  • Högden, F., Stahl, C., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Similarity-based and rule-based generalization in the acquisition of attitudes via evaluative conditioning. Cognition & Emotion.
  • Genschow, O., Rigoni, D., & Brass, M. (in press). The hand of god or the hand of Maradona? Believing in free will increases perceived intentionality of others’ behavior. Consciousness and Cognition.  [preprint, data, and materials on OSF]
  • Benedict, T., Richter, J., & Gast, A. (in press). The influence of misinformation manipulations on evaluative conditioning. Acta Psychologica.
  • Unkelbach, C., Koch, A. S., Silva, R. R., & Garcia-Marques, T. (in press). Truth by repetition: Explanations and implications. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

SoCCCo in the Media

Aug 31, 2019 | Forschung & Lehre
Neid an Hochschulen - Neid tut weh, motiviert aber auch [Envy in academia - It's painful, but can motivate] | By Katja Corcoran & Jan Crusius

May 8, 2019 | wissenschaftskommunikation.de
„Es gibt oft keine einfachen Antworten“ [Often, there are no easy answers] | Interview with Oliver Genschow and Jan Crusius about the science communication project In-Mind Magazine | By Joachim Retzbach

Apr 17, 2019 | SPSP's Character & Context
Does power corrupt? How powerful people react in moral dilemmas | Blog post covering a publication by Alexandra Fleischmann, Joris Lammers, Paul Conway, and Adam D. Galinsky | By Alexandra Fleischmann

Mar 6, 2019 | LTO
Geschlechtergerechtigkeit in der Justiz: Berlin will mehr Frauen in Prü­fungs­kom­mis­sionen [Gender equality in the judiciary: Berlin calls for more female examiners in law state exams] | A study by Towfigh, Traxler, & Glöckner influences politics

Dec 30, 2018 | BR
Intuition: Wegweiser in einer komplexen Welt [Intuition: Guidance in a complex world] | A radio contribution on intuition by Andreas Glöckner and others | By Rita Homefeldt

Oct 10, 2018 | FAZ
Politiker und Brillen: Auge um Auge [Politicians and glasses: An eye for an eye] | Press coverage of a publication by Alexandra Fleischmann, Joris Lammers, and colleagues | By Thomas Diel

Oct 2, 2018 | University of Cologne
Politiker und Politikerinnen mit Brille werden im Experiment häufiger gewählt [Politicians wearing glasses get elected more often in an experimental setting] | Press release on a publication by Alexandra Fleischmann, Joris Lammers, and colleagues | By Frieda Berg

Sep 17, 2018 | DGPs
In-Mind erhält den Förderpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie [In-Mind is awarded the prize for promoting psychology by the German Psychological Association (DGPs)] | Oliver Genschow and Jan Crusius accept the prize as members of the editorial board of the In-Mind Online Magazine | By Anne Klostermann

July 10, 2018 | SPEKTRUM
Neid - Die Kirschen in Nachbars Garten [Envy—The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence] | Jan Crusius and Jens Lange on the (in)evitability of painful social comparisons | By Theodor Schaarschmidt

July, 2018 | MEIN ERBE TUT GUTES
Gutes tun steckt an [Doing good is contagious] | Alexandra Fleischmann on the influence of social comparison on moral behavior | By Angelika S. Friedl

Apr 13, 2018 | SPEKTRUM
Dürfen wir stolz sein? [Is it OK to be proud?] | Jan Crusius on functions of pride and its interplay with envy | By Theodor Schaarschmidt

July, 2018 | PSYCHOLOGIE HEUTE
Gemeinsam im Stress [Together under stress] | Jan Crusius on stress evoked by social comparison | By Frank Luerweg

Apr 13, 2018 | SPEKTRUM
Dürfen wir stolz sein? [Is it OK to be proud?] | Jan Crusius on functions of pride and its interplay with envy | By Theodor Schaarschmidt

May 8, 2018 | SÜDDEUTSCHE
Liebe in der Nische [on the paper Sharing rare attitudes attracts] | Hans Alves on rare attitudes and how they foster relationships | By Sebastian Herrmann

Feb 2018 | IN-MIND
We are ready to move! [EN]
Wir sind bereit, voranzuschreiten! [DE] | An interview with Daniel Lakens and Klaus Fiedler on the current challenges in the field of psychological research | By Oliver Genschow & Jan Crusius

Feb 1, 2018 | PACIFIC STANDARD
Conservatives' love of nostalgia can be used to promote liberal values | Media coverage of Lammers & Baldwin, 2018, JPSP | By Tom Jacobs

Jan 29, 2018 | ZEIT Campus
Beat the Prof – Schuld und Reue | Friederike Funk on whether revenge is truly sweet

Aug 24, 2017 | ZEIT Campus
Beat the Prof – Neid und soziale Vergleiche | Lisa Blatz and Jan Crusius on what makes Germans envious

Aug 17, 2017 | DEUTSCHLANDFUNK
Kevin und Mohammed – Die Last der Vornamen | Michael Zürn on first names as social markers | By Ulrike Burgwinkel