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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Yael Ecker

Phone +49-221-470-7110
AddressRichard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln | Germany

Room 1.A23
Office hours by appointment

Research interests

Self regulation • Motivation • Social power • Attribution • Social cognition


  • Ecker, Y., Gilead, M. & Imhoff, R. (2023). An Examination of the Motivations to Maintain, Approach, and Avoid by Proximity to the Ideal State. Social Cognition, 41(1), 88–102.

  • Ecker, Y., Gilead, M. & Imhoff, R. (2022). The phenomenology of maintenance goals: lower threat and greater satisfaction with the current state. Motivation and Emotion.

  • Zalmanson, L., Oestreicher-Singer, G. & Ecker, Y. (2022). The Role of Social Cues and Trust in Users’ Private Information Disclosure. Management Information Systems Quarterly, 46(2), 1109–1134.

  • Ecker, Y., Imhoff, R., & Lammers, J. (2021). Self-control failure increases a strategic preference for submission as means to avoid future failure. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 95, Article 104155.

  • Ecker, Y., & Bar-Anan, Y. (2019). Sensory preconditioning of evaluation requires accurate memory of the co-occurrence between the neutral stimuli. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85, Article 103886

  • Ecker, Y., & Bar-Anan, Y. (2019). Conceptual overlap between stimuli increases misattribution of internal experience. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 83, 1-10.

  • Ecker, Yael & Bar-Anan, Yoav. (2019). The Misattributing Personality: The Relationship Between Priming in the Affect Misattribution Procedure, Need for Closure, and Body Awareness. Social Cognition, 37(5). 499-515.

  • Ecker, Y., & Gilead, M. (2018). Goal-directed allostasis: The unique challenge of keeping things as they are and strategies to overcome it. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 618–633.

  • Gilead, M., David, Y. B., & Ecker, Y. (2017). Not our fault: Judgments of apathy versus harm toward socially proximal versus distant others. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9(5), 568–575.

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