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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Thorsten Erle

Phone +49-221-470-7915
AddressRichard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln | Germany

Room 2.B14
Office hours by appointment

Research interests

Empathy • Perspective-taking • Embodied cognition • Aesthetics • Prejudices and stereotypes


  • Erle, T. M., & Topolinski, S. (in press). Disillusionment: How expectations shape the enjoyment of early perceptual processes. Experimental Psychology.
  • Erle, T. M., Ruessmann, J. K., & Topolinski, S. (2018). The effects of visuo-spatial perspective-taking on trust. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 34–41. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2018.06.006
  • Eder, A. B., Dignath, D., Erle, T. M., & Wiemer, J. (2017). Shocking action: Facilitative effects of punishing electric shocks on action control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 1204–1215. doi:10.1037/xge0000332
  • Erle, T. M., Barth, N., Kälke, F., Dutter, G., Lange, H., Petko, A., & Topolinski, S. (2017). Are target-shooters more aggressive than the general population? Aggressive Behavior, 43, 3–13. doi:10.1002/ab.21657
  • Erle, T. M., Reber, R., & Topolinski, S. (2017). Affect from mere perception: Illusory contour perception feels good. Emotion, 17, 856–866. doi:10.1037/emo0000293
  • Erle, T. M., & Topolinski, S. (2017). The grounded nature of psychological perspective-taking. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112, 683–695. doi:10.1037/pspa0000081
  • Topolinski, S., Boecker, L., Erle, T. M., Bakhtiari, G., & Pecher, D. (2017). Matching between oral inward–outward movements of object names and oral movements associated with denoted objects. Cognition and Emotion, 31, 3–18. doi:10.1080/02699931.2015.1073692
  • Eder, A. B., & Erle, T. M. (2016). Priming. In D. Frey & H.-W. Bierhoff (Eds.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie, Bereich Sozialpsychologie (pp. 361–386). Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe.
  • 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
  • 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

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