Dr. rer. nat. Friederike Hendriks

Hendriks Neu

Dr. rer. nat. Friederike Hendriks

Research Employee

Consulting Hours:

by appointment only

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Institut für Psychologie
Fliednerstr. 21
48149 Münster
Room 213a

Tel.: +49 251 83-39193
Fax: +49 251 83-39105 

Email: f.hendriks@uni-muenster.de

Biography          Research interests   Publications    Congress and conference contributions


  • born 1987
  • 2006 Abitur (general qualification for university entrance) at Gymnasium Christianeum in Hamburg
  • 10/2006-09/2012 studies in psychology at the University of Muenster, Degree: Dipl.-Psych. [Diplom]
    Diploma Thesis: Illusions of Knowing: Does searching the Internet ease Illusions of Explanatory Depth or does it foster Sense of Understanding?
  • 02/2009-07/2011 student assistant, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Lab, University of Muenster
  • 10/2011-07/2012 student assistant in the lab of Prof. Rainer Bromme - Educational Psychology
  • since 10/2012 research assistant in the lab of Prof. Rainer Bromme
  • 10/2012-09/2015 scholarship holder of the DFG-Research Training Group 1712 Trust and Communication in a Digitized World
  • since 06/2016 proxy for coordination of the DFG-funded Priority Program 1409 Science and the General Public: Understanding Fragile and Conflicting Scientific Evidence
  • 09/2016-03/2017 research assistant in the project "Researchers' perspectives on Science Communication within the Collaborative Research Centre 656 "Molecular Cardiovascular Imaging" (funded by SFB 656)


  • Hendriks, F. (2016). “Who Said What, and Why?” – How Laypeople Infer the Epistemic Trustworthiness of Experts. Publication-based Dissertation at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

Ad hoc reviewer for:

  • Public Understanding of Science
  • PLOS One
  • Science Education

Research interests

  • Epistemic Trust
  • Searching and evaluating information online, especially in science blogs
  • Trust in Science
  • Public Understanding of Science



Maslovaty Foundation Award 2015 for the best EARLI SIG 13 Young Researcher's Paper Presentation (The effect of ethical concerns on source evaluation and argumentation about a socio-scientific issue) at the EARLI 2015 conference in Cyprus. - Maslovaty Foundation



Hendriks, F., Kienhues, D., & Bromme, R. (2016). Disclose your flaws! Admission positively affects the perceived trustworthiness of an expert science blogger. Studies in Communication Sciences, 16(2), 124-131. doi:10.1016/j.scoms.2016.10.003  Send a copy for my personal use

Hendriks, F., Kienhues, D., & Bromme, R. (2016). Evoking vigilance: Would you (dis)trust a scientist who discusses ethical implications of research in a science blog? Public Understanding of Science, 25(8), 992-1008. doi: 10.1177/0963662516646048 Send a copy for my personal use

Hendriks, F., Kienhues, D. & Bromme, R. (2016). Trust in Science and the Science of Trust. In B. Blöbaum (Ed.). Trust and Communication in a Digitalized World. Models and Concepts of Trust Research (pp. 143-159). Berlin: Springer. Send a copy for my personal use Link to publication


Hendriks, F., Kienhues, D. & Bromme, R. (2015). Measuring Laypeople's Trust in Experts in a Digital Age: The Muenster Epistemic Trustworthiness Inventory (METI). PLoS ONE 10(10): e0139309. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139309 Link to the open access publication

Westphal, S., Hendriks, F. & Malik, M. (2015). „Vertrauenswürdigkeit ohne Vertrauen? Wie die Kommunikation wissenschaftlicher Unsicherheiten die Bewertungen und Entscheidungen von Rezipienten beeinflusst.“ In: Schäfer, M. S., Kristiansen S., Bonfadelli, H. (Hrgs.): Wissenschaftskommunikation im Wandel (S. 342-365). Köln: Herbert von Halem.