July 2020

Expert analysis in DIE ZEIT weekly magazine

Expert analysis by Gerald Echterhoff on preventive behaviors, group norms and shared reality in the new "Corona normality" in ZEIT online

July 2020

Interview for Radio Bremen

Public radio station Radio Bremen: Gerald Echterhoff talks about violations of Corona rules in group settings

May 2020

Interview for Deutschlandfunk Nova

Public radio (Deutschlandfunk Nova): Gerald Echterhoff talks about need threat, shared reality and we-ness in the Corona crisis.

May 2020

Interview for Deutschlandfunk Nova

Public radio (Deutschlandfunk Nova): Gerald Echterhoff talks about need threat, shared reality and we-ness in the Corona crisis

May 2020

Corona expert analysis in FOCUS News Magazine

Expert analysis by Gerald Echterhoff in the lead article of FOCUS Weekly Magazine on reactions to the Corona crisis.

April 2020

Corona expert analysis on Public TV

Expert analysis by Gerald Echterhoff in the public TV news magazine "Tagesthemen" on psychological demands from lockdown and contact restrictions during the Corona crisis.

April 2020

Analysis on climate politics after Corona on Public TV

Psychological analysis by Gerald Echterhoff in the public TV magazine "Aktuelle Stunde" on the interplay between climate crisis and Corona crisis.

April 2020

Analysis of psychogical stressors from Corona  lockdown on Public TV

Expert opinion by Gerald Echterhoff in the public TV magazine "Aktuelle Stunde" on psychological stressors (uncertainty, frustration) from lockdown and distancing during the Corona crisis.

April 2020

Corona expert analysis in Focus news magazine

Social-psychological expert analysis by Gerald Echterhoff in the news magazine Focus Online on threats to social cohesion from the Corona crisis. 

March 2020

Interview with HR Info Radio

Public radio (HR info): Gerald Echterhoff talks about the impact of  the Corona crisis on people and society and about the psychology of political communication

March 2020

Interview with German Public Radio

In a 30 minute interview with German National Public Radio (Deutschlandfunk Kultur) Gerald Echterhoff talks about psychological responses and social dilemmas in the Corona crisis

March 2020

Interview with MDR Radio

Gerald Echterhoff talks about responses to unpredictability and self-management strategies during the Corona crisis

March 2020

Newspaper article on threats by corona virus

In a half-page article in "Westfälische Nachrichten" Gerald Echterhoff explains responses to threats from the new corona virus.

February 2020

Interview for Radio RST

In a radio interview for Radio RST Gerald Echterhoff talks about defense and prejudice towards people potentially infected with the new corona virus.

December 2019

Interview for BR2 radio

In a radio interview for Bavarian Public Radio (Bayern 2) Gerald Echterhoff explains how people will be likely to remember the past decade (i.e., the 2010s)

October 2019

Our research in the media: Newspaper report and press release on studies of support for refugee integration in East vs. West Germany

September 2019

Gerald Echterhoff has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Science of Existential Psychology (ISSEP).

May 2019

Sebastian Cancino Montecinos (Stockholm University), Simona Haásová (University of Vienna), and Bjarne Schmalbach receive funding from the EASP for a research project titled "Shared Reality as a Cognitive Process without Motivation" (volume: 2,370 €).

Judith Knausenberger received a scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a research stay with Dr Victoria Esses at Western University in London, Canada.

December 2018

Gerald Echterhoff has just been awarded funding for a research project titled "How Interpersonal Communication Affects Communicators’ Memory: An Analysis of Cognitive and Motivational Processes" (36 months, € 329.418 incl. programme flat charge ) in the new Research Group "Constructing Scenarios of the Past: A New Framework in Episodic Memory", (FOR2812, Speaker: Prof. Dr. Sen Cheng, Ruhr-University Bochum), funded by The German Research Foundation (DFG).

November  2018

The application for new funding for the DFG-Excellencecluster "Religion and Politics: Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation" at WWU Münster has been successful! In the cluster, Mitja Back, Gerald Echterhoff, Olaf Müller, Detlef Pollack, Bernd Schlipphak will receive funding (705.000 €)  for their project titled "Threat perceptions, feelings of belonging, acceptace of democratic sovereignty: A new European conflict line with religious implications?"

October 2018

Bjarne Schmalbach receives a travel grant from the DAAD (volume 1,542€) and a travel grant from the SPSP (volume $500) to visit the SPSP annual convention 2019 in Portland. 

April 2018

The Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Federal State (NRW) has elected Gerald Echterhoff as fellow (full regular member) of the Class of Humanitites. The induction will take place at the Academy's annual celebration on May 16.

March 2018

A Special Issue proposal on "The Social Psychology of Forced Migration and Refugee Integration" (guest-edited by Gerald Echterhoff, Jens Hellmann, Mitja Back, Victoria Esses, Ulrich Wagner) was selected in a competitive process for publication in the European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP). We look forward to receiving exciting and high-quality submissions!


    September 2017

    In interviews with WDR and NDR Info radio, Gerald Echterhoff gives expert advice on factors of observer intervention in emergencies, read the interview on (in German)

    Anna Giesen has been awarded the poster award at this year's meeting of the the Social Psychology division of the German Association of Psychology for her poster "Do I really feel your pain? Comparing the effects of observed and personal ostracism" (co-authored by Gerald Echterhoff).

    August 2017

    Gerald Echterhoff is interviewed for an article on flashbulb memories in the Swiss newspaper Zürcher Tagesanzeiger. See the article (in German)

    March 2017

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) has just awarded funding for a project titled "When Virtual Contact Is All You Need: The Effect of Facebook Reminders on Responses to Social Exclusion" to Gerald Echterhoff (funding period: 24 months, total volume approx. EUR 164.000)

    December 2016

    PD Dr. Ullrich Wagner has been awarded a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a project entitled "Psychological Mechanisms of Socially Guided Memory Encoding and the Role of Oxytocin" (volume 210.000 EUR, including a full postdoctoral researcher position) for a duration of two years.

    November 2016

    Bjarne Schmalbach receives an award for his master's thesis on regulatory focus in health-specific contexts from the faculty for Applied Human Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal.

    October 2016

    Melia Janbakhsh (Exeter University), Judith Knausenberger, Adrian Lüders (Salzburg University) and Sohad Murrar (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will receive funding from the EASP for a research project titled "Threat and Surveillance" (volume € 2.000)

    September 2016

    Gerald Echterhoff talks about the susceptibility of human memory to distortion and social influence in an interview with Doris Renck on HR2 radio.

    July 2016

    On the occasion of Theresa May's inauguration as British prime minister, Gerald Echterhoff is interviewed by the German Press Agency (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa) about gender differences in professional communication and leadership.

    June 2016

    A symposium on "The role of oxytocin in social cognition and behavior: Current advances," co-organized by Michaela Pfundmair (LMU Munich), Gerald Echterhoff, and Shihui Han (Peking University), held in Munich on September 15-17, will receive funding (EUR 27.932) from the Sino-German Science Center, a joint venture of the DFG and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). We are looking forward to the event!

    January 2016

    Research by Gerald Echterhoff und Isabel Lindner (University of Kassel) on false self-attributions of others' actions is reported in the lead story "Das eingebildete Leben" (The imagined life) in the German news magazine DER SPIEGEL (issue 1/2016 See the article (in German). 

    December 2015

    After being nominated by Gerald Echterhoff, our close collaborator Tory Higgins from Columbia University (New York) will receive the prestigious Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (host: Gerald Echterhoff). The award funds are made available over a period of five years (2016-2021) to support research collaboration with colleagues in Germany. We are delighted about this opportunity for intensiying the collaboration!

    October 2015

    Lara Ditrich (IWM Tübingen), Anna Giesen, and Janne Kaltiainen (Helsinki University) will receive funding from the EASP for a research project titled "Be innovative, but 
    don't take it too far: testing boundary conditions of the leeway effect" (volume € 2000)

    August 2015

    Gerald Echterhoff, René Kopietz, Leonel Garcia-Marques (ISCTE Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) and Margarida Garrido (ISCTE IUL, PI) will receive funding from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia for a research project titled "Shared Representations: A Peek into the Collaborative Memory Toolbox" (volume approx. € 94.000) 

    October 2014

    Interview with Gerald Echterhoff regarding social influence on memory for the cover story "Ihre nächsten zehn Jahre" ("Your next ten years") in ZEIT Wissen, October/November 2014, p. 9. See the article (in German)

    June 2014

    "The Comforting Presence of the Facebook Icon": the magazine Pacific Standard published an article on the new findings regarding the influence of Facebook on affiliation tendencies after social exclusion
    (Knausenberger, Hellmann & Echterhoff, 2014). See the article

    November 2013

    "Did I do it?": Radio interview with Gerald Echterhoff on observation-induced false memories of self-performance ("Observation Inflation"), live on DRadio Wissen (German National Public Radio), November 11.
    Click to listen

    July 2013

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) has just awarded funding for a project titled "Effects of Communication with Experts on the Evaluation of Ambiguous Scientific Evidence: Cognitive Tuning and Social Tuning" in the Special Priority Program "Science and the Public" (SPP 1409) to Gerald Echterhoff (funding period: 24 months, total volume approx. EUR 142.000)

    March 2013

    Gerald Echterhoff has declined the offer of a professorship for Social Psychology at the University of Osnabrück.

    August 2012

    Gerald Echterhoff has accepted the invitation to serve as Associate Editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP), the flagship journal of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP).

    July 2012

    Gerald Echterhoff has received the award for "Best Lecture Class" from the psychology students at the University of Münster. He is utterly delighted.

    April 2012

    Interview with Gerald Echterhoff on social identity for a feature on the self ("Die Ich-Perspektive") in ZEIT Wissen, May 2012, 60-65.

    March 2012

    Gerald Echterhoff has been invited to serve as keynote speaker at the main conference ("Transfer of Knowledge") of the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON) in Estoril (Portugal) in September 2012.

    October 2011

    The famous science journalist Shankar Vedantam interviews Gerald Echterhoff for the US broadcasting station NPR (National Public Radio) on the creation of shared reality in communication.

    August 2011

    Gerald Echterhoff contributes expert advice on conflict and conformity in communication in the August issue of the magazine ZEIT Wissen.

    April 2011

    Gerald Echterhoff has been selected from the list of nominations to serve as Associate Editor for the international journal Social Psychology. The selection involved the members of the journal's editorial board, the Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie (Social Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society), and Hogrefe Publishers. He looks forward to the start of his term in January 2012.

    March 2011

    The cover story of the APS Observer, titled "Reflections on Mirror Neurons" and written by Temma Ehrenfeld, features the research on false memories for action performance from observation (Lindner, Echterhoff et al., 2010).

    March 2011

    Jens Hellmann was the guest expert in the studio of radio broadcast "Lebensart" on revenge, WDR 5 on March 8th, 2011.

    March 2011

    Radio feature in the program "Forschung Aktuell (Science News)" on Deutschlandfunk about research on false memories for action performance from observing others' actions (Lindner, Echterhoff et al., 2010, Psychological Science), including interviews with Gerald Echterhoff and William Hirst (New School for Social Research, New York). Listen to it : "Forschung aktuell- Trügerische Erinnerungen

    February 2011

    Gerald Echterhoff was interviewed on plagiarism and academic dishonesty in the news show "Aktuelle Stunde" on WDR television (February 19, 2011).

    February 2011

    Research on gender differences in reactions to a partner's infidelity (Bohner, Echterhoff, Glass, Patrzek, & Lampridis, 2010) has been featured in the February issue of the US-based magazine Psychology Today under the title "Infraction Reactions" (p. 28 of the print issue). 

    January 2011

    Gerald Echterhoff will serve as teacher at the SoDoc Workshop 2011, supported by Social Psychology Division (Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie) of the German Psychological Association (DGPs), June 16-19, at LMU Munich.
    January 2011

    Gerald Echterhoff was interviewed in a TV feature (WDR Lokalzeit) regarding the social and political identity of Northrhine-Westfalia (most populated federal state of Germany formed from historically disparate entities).

    December 2010

    The volume "Grounding Sociality: Neurons, Mind, and Culture" (edited by Gün R. Semin and Gerald Echterhoff) published by Psycholgy Press / Taylor & Francis is out now. You can order the book following: Taylor & Francis

    September 2010

    Our first demonstration of false memories of performing an action from mere action observation has been published in the highest ranked journal for empirical psychology, Psychological Science. In August it was the most widely read article ever published in the journal: Psychological Science

    The research has been covered in various newspapers and media outlets, including:

    USA Today

    Los Angeles Times

    The Wall Street Journal

    Bloomberg Business Week

    Science Daily

    Men’s Health

    June 2010

    A special issue on the topic of socially shared reality edited by Gerald Echterhoff has just been published in the journal Social Cognition (Impact Factor 2009 = 1.67). Social Cognition

    April 2010

    First European Social Cognition Network Expert Meeting was held from 3rd to 5th February at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The meeting attended by eminent social psychologists specializing in communication and culture, was very inspiring and successful.

    January 2010

    "Forschungsmethoden in Psychologie und Sozialwissenschaften - für Bachelor" by Walter Hussy, Margrit Schreier & Gerald Echterhoff, published by Springer
    Follow the link to have a look into the table of contents: Forschungsmethoden in Psychologie und Sozialwissenschaften