Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg

c/o Leibniz-Institut für Psychologie
Max-Planck-Straße 22
D-54296 Trier
Raum W0502.11

Telefon: +49 651 201-2963
E-Mai: sassenberguni-trierde

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Sekretariat Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg
Emilia Tkatschenko

c/o Leibniz-Institut für Psychologie
Max-Planck-Straße 22
D-54296 Trier
Raum W0502.05

Telefon: +49 651 201-1849
E-Mai: tkatschenkouni-trierde

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CV

  • Since 2023 Professor for Psychology at the University of Trier and Director of Leibniz Institute for Psychology
  • 2008 – 2023 Full professor at the University of Tübingen & head of the “Social Processes Lab” at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen (Germany)
  • 2018 & 2023 Visiting researcher at the University of Queensland
  • 2017 – 2020 President of the European Association of Social Psychology
  • 2007 Associate Professor (UHD), Department for Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • 2002 – 2007 Assistant Professor at Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany)
  • 2002 Post-doctoral researcher at the Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA (USA).
  • 2000 – 2001 Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Social Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany)
  • 1999 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) Georg August University Göttingen
  • 1996 Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to MSc), University of Mannheim

Research Interests

Cognitive conflicts and bias reduction

  • Sassenberg, K. & Winter, K. (in press). Intraindividual conflicts reduce the polarization of attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/09637214241242452 
  • Sassenberg, K.*, Winter, K.*, Becker, D., Ditrich, L., Moskowitz, G.B., & Scholl, A. (2022). Flexibility mindsets: Reducing biases that result from spontaneous processing. European Review of Social Psychology, 33, 171-213. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2021.1959124*shared first-authorship

Conspiracy beliefs

  • Sassenberg, K., Bertin, P., Douglas, K.M., & Hornsey, M.J. (2023). Editorial: Engaging with conspiracy theories: Causes and consequences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 105. 104425. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2022.104425 
  • Winter, K., Hornsey, M. J., Pummerer, L., & Sassenberg, K. (2022). Anticipating and defusing the role of conspiracy beliefs in shaping opposition to wind farms. Nature Energy, 7, 1200-1207. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41560-022-01164-w

Metascience

  • Sassenberg, K., & Ditrich, L. (2019). Research in Social Psychology has changed between 2011 and 2016: Larger sample sizes, more self-report measures, and more online studies. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 2, 107-114.https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245919838781
  • Fetterman, A. K., & Sassenberg, K. (2015). The reputational consequences of failed replications and wrongness admission among scientist. PLOS ONE, 10,e0143723.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0143723

Power & Leadership

  • Scholl, A., Ellemers, N., Scheepers, D., & Sassenberg, K. (2022). Construal of power as opportunity or responsibility. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 65, 57-107. doi.org/10.1016/bs.aesp.2021.11.001
  • Sassenberg, K., & Hamstra, M.R.W. (2017). The intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics of self-regulation in the leadership process. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 193-257.https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aesp.2016.08.001

Social Norms 

  • Ditrich, L., & Sassenberg, K. (2024). Threat and reactions to violated expectations in groups: Adding control to the equation. European Review of Social Psychology, 35, 1-44. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2023.2211463 
  • Menkor, M., Nagengast, B., van Laar, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2021). The fit between dignity self-construal and independent university norms: Effects on social belonging, well-being, and academic success. European Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 100-112. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2717

Technology Acceptance

  • Hampel, N., Ditrich, L., Scholl, A., & Sassenberg, K. (2024). Enactive mastery experience improves attitudes toward digital technology via self-efficacy – A pre-registered quasi-experiment. Behaviour and Information Technology,43(2), 298-311. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144929x.2022.2162436 
  • Gieselmann, M., & Sassenberg, K. (2023). The more competent, the better? The effects of perceived competencies on disclosure towards conversational artificial intelligence. Social Science Computer Review, 41, 2342-2363.https://doi.org/10.1177/08944393221142787

Publications

For a complete list of publication see Google Scholar

Selected publications

  • Sassenberg, K. & Winter, K. (2024). Intraindividual conflicts reduce the polarization of attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 33, 190-197. https://doi.org/10.1177/09637214241242452

  • Sassenberg, K., Bertin, P., Douglas, K.M., & Hornsey, M.J. (2023). Editorial: Engaging with conspiracy theories: Causes and consequences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 105. 104425. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2022.104425

  • Sassenberg, K., Winter, K., Becker, D., Ditrich, L., Moskowitz, G.B., & Scholl, A. (2022). Flexibility mindsets: Reducing biases that result from spontaneous processing. European Review of Social Psychology, 33, 171-213. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2021.1959124*shared first-authorship

  • Scholl, A., Ellemers, N., Scheepers, D., & Sassenberg, K. (2022). Construal of power as opportunity or responsibility. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 65, 57-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aesp.2021.11.001

  • Winter, K., Hornsey, M. J., Pummerer, L., & Sassenberg, K. (2022). Anticipating and defusing the role of conspiracy beliefs in shaping opposition to wind farms. Nature Energy, 7, 1200-1207. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41560-022-01164-w

  • Winter, K., Scholl, A., & Sassenberg, K. (2021). A matter of flexibility: Changing outgroup attitudes through messages with negations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 120(4), 956–976. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000305

  • Sassenberg, K., & Ditrich, L. (2019). Research in Social Psychology has changed between 2011 and 2016: Larger sample sizes, more self-report measures, and more online studies. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 2, 107-114. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245919838781

  • Sassenberg, K., & Scholl, A. (2019). Linking regulatory focus and threat–challenge: Transitions between and outcomes of four motivational states. European Review of Social Psychology, 30, 174-215. https://doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2019.1647507

  • Sassenberg, K., & Vliek, M. (Eds.). (2019). Social Psychology in action evidence-based interventions from theory to practice. New York: Springer. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13788-5
  • Sassenberg, K., & Hamstra, M.R.W. (2017). The intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics of self-regulation in the leadership process. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 193-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aesp.2016.08.001

  • Sassenberg, K., & Greving, H. (2016). Internet searching about disease elicits a positive perception of own health when severity of illness is high: A longitudinal questionnaire study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(3): e56. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.5140


Social Psychology
Sozialpsychologie