Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Social and Legal Psychology of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Here you can find information about our research and projects, take part in current studies and receive in-depth information about research projects.


Fields of research are (among others):
  • Data based approaches to describe stereotypes
  • Prejudice, stigmatizing and labeling effects
  • Representation of history and inter-group relations
  • Implicit Social Cognition
  • Conspiracy mentality
  • Automatic processing of sexual interests


In press papers:

Banse, R., Schmidt, A. F., & Mokros, A. (in press). Vorschläge zur Evaluation der Wirksamkeit von Komponenten komplexer Behandlungsmaßnahmen für Straftäter. In J. Endres & S. Suhling (Hrsg.), Behandlung im Strafvollzug: Ein Handbuch für Praxis und Wissenschaft. Springer.

Hirschberger, G., Imhoff, R., Kahn, D. T., & Hanke, K. (2021). Making sense of the past to understand the present: Attributions for historical trauma predict contemporary social and political attitudes. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

Kazarovytska, F. & Imhoff, R. (in press). Too Great to be Guilty? Individuals High in Collective Narcissism Demand Closure Regarding the Past to Attenuate Collective Guilt. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Kazarovytska, F., Kretzschmar, M., Lamberty, P., Rees, J., Knausenberger, J., & Imhoff, R. (in press). From Moral Disaster to Moral Entitlement – The Impact of Success in Dealing with a Perpetrator Past on Claims for Historical Closure. Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Nicolas, G., Fiske, S., Koch, A., Imhoff, R., Unkelbach, C., Terache, J., Carrier, A., & Yzerbyt, V. (in press). Relational versus structural goals prioritize different social information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Schmidt, A. F. (in press). Online child sexual grooming - A short overview. In L. F. Kuhle & D. Stelzmann (Hrsg.), Sexual online grooming of children. Nomos.


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