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Welcome to the Social Cognition Center Cologne

Nine 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

  • Dohle, S., Duncan, M. J., & Bucher, T. (in press). Development and validation of the Diet-related Beliefs of Exercisers Scale (DBES). Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
  • Fleischmann, A. & Van Berkel, L. (in press). Gender disparities in middle authorship. Social Psychological Bulletin.
  • Funk, F.* & Mischkowski, D.* (in principal acceptance). Examining consequentialist punishment motives in one-shot social dilemmas. Zeitschrift für Psychologie. *shared first authorship
  • Hahn, A., & Goedderz, A. (in press). Trait-unconsciousness, state-unconsciousness, preconsciousness, and social miscalibration in the context of implicit evaluations. Social Cognition.
  • Amit, E., Han, E. Posten, A.-C., & Sloman, S. (in press). How people judge institutional corruption. Connecticut Law Review.
  • Posten, A.-C., & Kitzig, C. (in press). Strategische Merkmalsnutzung zur Erkennung und Tarnung von Lügen aus der Perspektive von Laien [Strategic cue application to detect and disguise lies from lay people’s perspective]. Praxis der Rechtspsychologie.
  • Alves, H. Högden, F., Gast, A., Aust, F., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Attitudes from mere co-occurrences are guided by differentiation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Hütter, M., & Genschow, O. (in press). What is learned in approach-avoidance tasks? On the scope and generalizability of approach-avoidance effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Righetti, F., Schneider, I. K., Ferrier, D., Spiridonova, T., Xiang, R., & Impett, E. A. (2020). The bittersweet taste of sacrifice: Consequences for ambivalence and mixed reactions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., Gast, A., Roets, A., & Smith, C. T. (in press). On the effectiveness of approach-avoidance instructions and training for changing evaluations of social groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 
  • Koch, A., Speckmann, F., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Q-SpAM: How to efficiently measure similarity in online research. Sociological Methods and Research.
  • Sparks, J., Daly, C., Wilkey, B., Molden, D. C., Finkel, E. J., & Eastwick, P. W. (in press). Negligible evidence that people desire partners who uniquely fit their ideals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Ruszpel, B., & Gast, A. (in press). Memory and preparedness in evaluative conditioning in a smell-taste paradigm. A registered report. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Sparks, J. (in press). Going beyond a positive-negative dichotomy in judgment and decision making research: Insights for framing, counterfactual thinking, and ambivalence. Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
  • Phills, C. E.*, Hahn, A.*, & Gawronski, B. (in press). The bidirectional causal relationship between implicit stereotypes and prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. *equal contribution
  • Schneider, I. K., Gillebaart, M., & Mattes, A. (2020). 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.


SoCCCo in the Media

Jul - Aug, 2020
Le Temps | Forbes | Le Monde | WZ | Psychology Today | Scientific American | WirtschaftsWoche | The Hill | BBC News | Corriere della Sera | News coverage of Correcting misperceptions of exponential coronavirus growth increases support for social distancing by Joris Lammers, Jan Crusius, and Anne Gast

Jul 27, 2020 | WDR 5 (Sendung „Neugier genügt“)
Wieso fällt Fleischverzicht oft schwer? [Why is it often hard to abstain from consuming meat?] | Radio interview with Simone Dohle

Trotz Tönnies-Skandal - Warum es vielen so schwer fällt, kein Fleisch zu essen [Despite the Tönnies scandal - Why many people find it difficult to abstain from consuming meat] | Interview with Simone Dohle | By Elisa Sobkowiak

Fleischverzicht ist keine Alles-oder-Nichts-Entscheidung, sondern ein Prozess [Abstaining from meat is no all-or-nothing decision, it is a process] | Simone Dohle on meat consumption

Jun 25, 2020 | Perspective Daily
Wir alle empfinden Neid. Ist das so schlimm? [We all feel envy. Is that so bad?] | Article about research by Jan Crusius | by Lara Malberger

May 25, 2020 | RTL aktuell
Forschungsprojekt zur Unterstützung im Umgang mit den psychologischen Belastungen durch COVID-19 [Research project to support coping with COVID-19 stress] | News coverage of research by Andreas Glöckner

May 19, 2020 | WDR
Warum wir wütend werden, wenn andere die Regeln brechen [Why we get angry when others break the rules] | Interview with Andreas Glöckner on social distancing norms by Anastasiya Polubotko

May 11, 2020 | Radio Eins
Die neue Sorglosigkeit [The new nonchalance] | Interview with Andreas Glöckner on Corona risk fatigue

May 11, 2020 | | |
Persönlichkeitstest zum Coronavirus: Welcher „Corona-Typ“ sind Sie [Personality test about Coronavirus: Which "Corona type" are you?] | | | | News coverage of a research project of Andreas Glöckner

May 08, 2020 | FORUM - Das Wochenmagazin
Ist doch alles gut gegangen – bisher [But all went well - so far] | Interview with Andreas Glöckner on Corona risk fatigue | By Volker Thomas

Apr 24, 2020 | dpa
Vom Ermüden der Risikowahrnehmung [On fatigue of risk perception] | Andreas Glöckner on Coronavirus risk perception and trust in science | published in e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Stern, Die Zeit, MSN, Augsburger Allgemeine

Apr 22, 2020 | University of Cologne
Isoliert, aber nicht allein. Ein Gespräch über die besondere Verbundenheit in digitalen Netzen [Isolated but not alone: A conversation about the social connections in social networks] | Interview with Jan Crusius by Frieda Berg

Mar 23, 2020 | In-Mind Magazin
Coronavirus: Warum die Dynamik der Ansteckungsgefahr so schwer zu begreifen ist [Corona virus: Why the dynamic growth of the Corona virus is hard to grasp] | By Jan Crusius

Mar 19, 2020 | In-Mind Magazin
Corona-Krise: Warum tätigen Menschen Hamsterkäufe? [Corona crisis: Why do people engage in panic-buying and hoarding?] | By Oliver Genschow

Feb 19, 2020 |
Trau keiner Studie, die du nicht selbst repliziert hast? [Don't trust any study you didn't replicate yourself?] | Invited guest article on the link between replicability and trust in science | By Tobias Wingen and Jana Berkessel

November 11, 2019 | Junior Researcher Programme News
How does the replication crisis affect public trust in psychology? | Blog post covering a publication by Tobias Wingen, Jana Berkessel, & Birte Englich | By Junior Researcher Programme

October 31, 2019 | BPS Research Digest
The replication crisis lowers public’s trust in psychology. But can that trust be build back up? Blog post covering a publication by Tobias Wingen, Jana Berkessel, & Birte Englich | By Matthew Warren

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 |
„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

Gutes tun steckt an [Doing good is contagious] | Alexandra Fleischmann on the influence of social comparison on moral behavior | By Angelika S. Friedl

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