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Chair Gast Group | Social and Economic Cognition I

Prof. Dr. Anne Gast

Phone +49-221-470-8648
AddressRichard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln | Germany

Room 4.B.05
Office hours by appointment

Research interests

Evaluative conditioning • Implicit measures • Implicit processes • Conceptual Replications • Learning by experience vs. learning by instruction • Gender and academic achievement • Learning and memory in applied contexts


Journal Publications

  • Unkelbach, C., Alves, H., Baldwin, M., Crusius, J., Diel, K., Galinsky, A. D., ... & Mussweiler, T. (2023). Relativity in Social Cognition: Basic processes and novel applications of social comparisons. European Review of Social Psychology, 1-54.

  • Kattner, F., Gast, A. (2022). Scaling preferences using probabilistic choice models: is there a ratio-scale representation of subjective liking?. Psychological Research

  • Van Dessel, P., Cone, J., & Gast, A. (2022). Powerful Effects of Diagnostic Information on Automatic and Self-Reported Evaluation: The Moderating Role of Memory Recall. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin48(2), 297-314.

  • Richter, J., Seffen, A., Benedict, T., & Gast, A. (2021). No evidence of consolidation of evaluative conditioning during waking rest and sleep. Cognition and Emotion, 35(5), 844-858.

  • Alves, H. Högden, F., Gast, A., Aust, F., & Unkelbach, C. (2020). Attitudes from mere co-occurrences are guided by differentiation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119(3), 560-581.

  • Benedict, T., & Gast, A. (2020). Evaluative conditioning with fear- and disgust-evoking stimuli: No evidence that they increase learning without explicit memory. Cognition and Emotion, 34(1), 42-56.

  • Van Dessel, P., Cone, J., Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (2020). The impact of valenced verbal information on implicit and explicit evaluation: The role of information diagnosticity, primacy, and memory cueing. Cognition and Emotion, 34(1), 74-85.

  • Moran, T., Hughes, S. J., Hussey, I., Vadillo, M., Olson, M., Aust, ... Gast, A. ... & De Houwer, J. (2021). Incidental attitude formation via the surveillance task: A registered replication report of Olson and Fazio (2001). Psychological Science, 32(1), 120–131.

  • Lammers, J., Crusius, J., & Gast, A. (2020). Correcting misperceptions of exponential coronavirus growth increases support for social distancing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(28), 16264 - 16266. [data on OSF]

  • Lammers, J., Gast, A., Unkelbach, C., & Galinsky, A. D. (2018). Moral character impression formation depends on the valence homogeneity of the context. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9, 576-585.  [data on OSF]

  • Gast, A.*, & Kattner, F.* (2016). Single-trial evaluative conditioning can be moderated by instructed forgetting. Learning & Behavior, 44, 260-269.
    *both authors contributed equally

  • Gast, A., Langer, S., & Sengewald, M.-A. (2016). Evaluative conditioning increases with temporal contiguity. The influence of stimulus order and stimulus interval on evaluative conditioning. Acta Psychologica, 170, 177–185.

  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., & Gast, A. (2016). Approach–avoidance training effects are moderated by awareness of stimulus–action contingencies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 81–93.

  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., Gast, A., Smith, C. T., & De Schryver, M. (2016). Instructing implicit processes: When instructions to approach or avoid influence implicit but not explicit evaluation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 63, 1–9.

  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., Roets, A., & Gast, A. (2016). Failures to change stimulus evaluations by means of subliminal approach and avoidance training. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, e1–e15.

  • Gawronski, B., Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (2015). Is evaluative conditioning really resistant to extinction? Evidence for changes in evaluative judgements without changes in evaluative representations. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 816–830.

  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., Gast, A., & Tucker Smith, C. (2015). Instruction-based approach-avoidance effects: Changing stimulus evaluation via the mere instruction to approach or avoid stimuli. Experimental Psychology, 62, 161–169.

  • Gast, A. (2014). What is learned, and when? Commentary on "The Musical Stroop Effect: Opening a new avenue to research on automatisms" by L. Grégoire, D. Perruchet, and B. Poulin-Charronnat (Experimental Psychology, 2013, Vol. 60, pp. 269–278). Experimental Psychology, 61, 71–74.

  • Spruyt, A., Klauer, K. C., Gast, A., De Schryver, M., & De Houwer, J. (2014). Feature-specific attention allocation modulates the generalization of recently acquired likes and dislikes. Experimental Psychology, 61, 85–98.

  • Zanon, R., Houwer, J. D., Gast, A., & Smith, C. T. (2014). When does relational information influence evaluative conditioning? The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 2105–2122.

  • Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (2013). The influence of extinction and counterconditioning instructions on evaluative conditioning effects. Learning and Motivation, 44, 312–325.

  • Gast, A., Werner, B., Heitmann, C., Spruyt, A., & Rothermund, K. (2013). Evaluative stimulus (in)congruency impacts performance in an unrelated task: Evidence for a resource-based account of evaluative priming. Experimental Psychology.

  • Koranyi, N., Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2013). "Although quite nice, I was somehow not attracted by that person": Attitudes toward romantically committed opposite-sex others are immune to positive evaluative conditioning. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 403–410.

  • Voss, A., Rothermund, K., Gast, A., & Wentura, D. (2013). Cognitive processes in associative and categorical priming: A diffusion model analysis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 536–559.

  • Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (2012). Evaluative conditioning without directly experienced pairings of the conditioned and the unconditioned stimuli. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 1657–1674.

  • Gast, A., De Houwer, J., & De Schryver, M. (2012). Evaluative conditioning can be modulated by memory of the CS-US pairings at the time of testing. Learning and Motivation, 43, 116–126.

  • Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2011). I like it because I said that I like it: Evaluative conditioning effects can be based on stimulus-response learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37, 466–476.

  • Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2011). What you see is what will change: Evaluative conditioning effects depend on a focus on valence. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 89–110.

  • Rothermund, K., Gast, A., & Wentura, D. (2011). Incongruency effects in affective processing: Automatic motivational counter-regulation or mismatch-induced salience? Cognition and Emotion, 25, 413–425.

  • Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2010). When old and frail is not the same: dissociating category and stimulus effects in four implicit attitude measurement methods. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 479–498.

  • Rothermund, K., Teige-Mocigemba, S., Gast, A., & Wentura, D. (2009). Minimizing the influence of recoding in the Implicit Association Test: The Recoding-Free Implicit Association Test (IAT-RF). Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 84–98.

Book Publications

  • Gast, A. (2013). Evaluative Konditionierung. In C. Bermeitinger (Ed.), Paradigmen der Kognitiven Psychologie: Affektive Reize II (pp. 257–285). Berlin, Germany: Uni-Edition.

  • Spruyt, A., Gast, A., & Moors, A. (2011). The sequential priming paradigm: A primer. In K. C. Klauer, A. Voss, & C. Stahl (Eds.), Cognitive methods in social psychology (pp. 48–77). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

  • Lammers, J., & Gast, A. (2011). Power in the House. In T. V. Cascio & L. M. Martin (Eds.), House and psychology: Humanity is overrated. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


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