Junior Professor Dr. Aileen Oeberst


Since 09/2016
Junior professor (W1) for forensic psychology at the Department of Psychology Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

03/2015 – 09/2015
Representation of the professorship for social and legal psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

10/2012 – 03/2013
Representation of the professorship for Social Psychology, Universität Osnabrück

04/2011 – 08/2016
Research assistant of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen (time off 10/2012 – 03/2013)

07/2008 - 12/2010
Research assistant of the Department of Social Psychology, University of Osnabrück

10/2005 - 6/2008
Doctoral scholarship of the DFG-supported graduate school „Integrative Kompetenzen und Wohlbefinden“ at the University of Osnabrück

Diploma in Psychology

Research interests


  • Social cognition, social influence
  • Representation of intergroup-conflicts (ethnocentrism, ingroup errors)
  • „Collective“ distortion – e.g. Wikipedia
  • Lay expressions and false judgments in the legal context
  • Witness' memory & wrong confessions
  • Consequences of deception in experiments


Third-party founds

  • DFG-Sachmittelbeihilfe “ Rezeption und Produktion wissenschaftlicher Informationen in Wikipedia: Der Einfluss des Rückschaufehlers ” mit Steffen Nestler (OE 604/3-1, 206.694€)
  • Leibniz Competition 2017 subject: „Collaborative Biases“ (SAW-2017-IWM-4, 964.267 €)
  • DFG material expenses grant “Rezeption und Produktion wissenschaftlicher Informationen in Wikipedia: Der Einfluss des Rückschaufehlers und sozialer Kategorisierungen” with Steffen Nestler (OE 604/1-1, 115.250€ and NE 1485/5-1, 109.550€)
  • DFG grant for the organization of the international scientific event „Mass collaboration and education“ with Ulrike Cress (9.000€)
  • Leibniz Institut für Wissensmedien Postdoc Grant „Collective memory in international conflicts: Ingroup Bias in Wikipedia“ (60.000€)




Published Papers (peer reviewed)

Greving, H., Kimmerle, J., Oeberst, A. , & Cress, U. (in press). Emotions in Wikipedia: The role of intended negative events in the expression of sadness and anger in online peer production. Behaviour & Information Technology.

Oeberst, A., & Matschke, C. (in press). Black sheep are not black in Wikipedia. Comparing descriptions of perpetrators in language version of the perpetrator in-group to other (out-group) language versions. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis.

Oeberst, A. (in press). Der Rückschaufehler im juristischen Kontext: Relevante psychologische Forschung, begründete Spekulationen und Schlussfolgerungen für die Praxis. Rechtswissenschaft.

von der Beck, I., Cress, U., & Oeberst, A. (accepted). Is there hindsight bias without real hindsight? Conjectures are sufficient to elicit hindsight bias. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Oeberst, A., von der Beck, I., Cress, U., Back, M. D., & Nestler, S. (in press). Biases in the production and reception of collective knowledge: The case of hindsight bias in Wikipedia. Psychological Research.

Greving, H., Oeberst, A., Kimmerle, J., & Cress, U. (2018). Emotional content in Wikipedia articles on negative man-made and nature-made events. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Nestler, S., Leckelt, M., Back, M. D., von der Beck, I., Cress, U., & Oeberst, A. (2017). Produktion von naturwissenschaftlichen Informationen im Internet am Beispiel von Wikipedia. Psychologische Rundschau, 68, 172-176.

Jirschitzka, J., Oeberst, A.*, Göllner, R., & Cress, U. (2017). Inter-rater agreement and construct validity of reviews in an interdisciplinary field. Scientometrics, 113, 1059-1092. Doi: 10.1007/s11192-017-2516-6 *shared first authorship

Stürmer, S., Oeberst, A., Trötschel, R., & Decker, O. (2017). Kommentar zur “Stellungnahme zur Lage des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der Psychologie” von Rentzsch et al. Psychologische Rundschau, 68(4), 270-272.

Stürmer, S., Oeberst, A., Trötschel, R., & Decker, O. (2017). Early-career researchers‘ perceptions of the prevalence of questionable research practices, potential causes and open science. Social Psychology, 48, 365-371.

von der Beck, I., Oeberst, A., Nestler, S., & Cress, U. (2017). Cultural interpretations of the past. Hindsight bias after reading Wikipedia articles in a cross-cultural sample. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31, 315-325.

Oeberst, A. & Matschke, C. (2017). Word order and world order. Titles of intergroup conflicts may increase ethnocentrism by mentioning the in-group first. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 672-690.

Oeberst, A. & Goeckenjan, I. (2016). When being wise after the event results in injustice: Evidence for hindsight bias in judges’ negligence assessments. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22, 271-279.

Goeckenjan, I. & Oeberst, A. (2016). Aus Schaden wird man klug? – Die Bedeutung des Rückschaufehlers (Hindsight Bias) für die strafrechtliche Fahrlässigkeitsbeurteilung. Recht & Psychiatrie, 34, 27-34.

Oeberst, A., & Moskaliuk, J. (2016). Classic conversational norms in modern computer-mediated collaboration. Educational Technology and Society, 19(1), 187-198.

Gnambs, T., Appel, M., & Oeberst, A. (2015) Red color and risk taking behaviour in online environments. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e:0134033. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134033.

Oeberst, A. & Lindner, I. (2015). Unannounced memory tests are not necessarily unexpected by participants. Test expectation and its consequences in the repeated test paradigm. Cognitive Processing, 16, 269-278. doi: 10.1007/s10339-015-0663-3.

Oeberst, A. & Wu, S. (2015). Interrogative compliance and self-construal: Intra- and cross-cultural evidence. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, 50-55. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.04.038

Oeberst, A. (2015). How good are future lawyers in judging the accuracy of reminiscent details? The estimation-observation gap in eyewitness accounts. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 7, 73-79. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpal.2015.03.002

Kimmerle, J., Moskaliuk, J., Oeberst, A. & Cress, U. (2015). Learning and knowledge construction with social media. Educational Psychologist, 50, 120-137. doi: 10.1080/00461520.2015.1036273

Oeberst, A., Gnambs, T., & Haberstroh, S. (2015). Not really the same: Computerized and real lotteries in decision making research. Computers in Human Behavior, 44, 250-257. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.10.060

Oeberst, A., von der Beck, I., & Nestler, S. (2014). Reading about explanations enhances perceptions of inevitability and foreseeability. A cross-cultural study with Wikipedia articles. Cognitive Processing, 15, 343-349. doi: 10.1007/s10339-014-0603-7

Schweiger, S., Oeberst, A., & Cress, U. (2014). Confirmation Bias in Web-Based Search: A Randomized Online Study on the Effects of Expert Information and Social Tags on Information Search and Evaluation. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16, 3. doi:10.2196/jmir.3044

Oeberst, A., Halatchliyski, I., Kimmerle, J., & Cress, U. (2014). Knowledge Construction in Wikipedia: A Systemic-Constructivist Analysis. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 23, 149-176. doi:10.1080/10508406.2014.888352

Oeberst, A., & Haberstroh, S. (2014). Do we overestimate relatively or absolutely rare events? Paired distinctiveness in experience based decisions. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 73, 193-204. doi: 10.1024/1421-0185/a000138

Oeberst, A., & Seidemann, J. (2014). Will your words become mine? Underlying processes and co-witness intimacy in the memory conformity paradigm. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 84-96. doi: 10.1037/cep0000014

Oeberst, A. (2012). If anything else comes to mind… better keep it to yourself? Delayed recall is discrediting – unjustifiably. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 366-374. doi: 10.1007/s10979-011-9282-4

Oeberst, A. & Blank, H. (2012). Undoing suggestive influence: The reversibility of the misinformation effect. Cognition, 125, 141-159. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2012.07.009.

Oeberst, A. (2011). Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst (und was vielleicht nicht existiert) – scheinbare Ursachen und reale Konsequenzen. InMind, 3.

Papers (without peer review)

  • Oeberst, A. (2012). Wissenschaft: Wissen schaffen. Gemeinsam. Berichte zur deutschen Landeskunde, 86, 383-388.


Proceedings (peer reviewed)

  • Cress, U., Barron, B., Halatchliyski, I., Oeberst, A., Forte, A., Resnick, M., & Collins, A. (2013). Mass collaboration—an emerging field for CSCL research. In N. Rummel, M. Kapur, N. Nathan, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), To see the world and a grain of sand: Learning across levels of space, time and scale: CSCL 2013 Proceedings (Vol. I, pp. 557-563). Madison, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Halatchliyski, I., Oeberst, A. Bientzle, M., Bockhorst, F., van Aalst, J. (2012). Unraveling Idea Development in Discourse Trajectories. In J. van Aalst, K. Thompson, M. J. Jacobson, & P. Reimann (Eds.), The future of learning: Proceedings of the 10th international conference of the learning sciences (Vol. II, pp. 162-166). Sydney, NSW, Australia: International Society of the Learning Sciences.


Online contributions

  • Oeberst, A., & Kneer, J. (2015). Editorial zur Themenausgabe: Medienpsychologie Teil 2: Medien, Nachrichten, und wir. InMind, Verfügbar unter: http://de.in-mind.org/article/editorial-zur-themenausgabe-medienpsychologie-teil-2-medien-nachrichten-und-wir
  • Kneer, J., & Oeberst, A. (2014). Editorial zur Themenausgabe: Medienpsychologie Teil 1: Chancen und Herausforderungen der Mediennutzung im Bereich Lernen und Gesundheit. InMind. Verfügbar unter: http://de.in-mind.org/article/editorial-zur-themenausgabe-medienpsychologie-teil-1-chancen-und-herausforderungen-der
  • Oeberst, A. (2011). Wissen schaffen in Netzwerken: Anmerkungen zu Austausch, Diversität und Mainstream. Raumnachrichten.de, Verfügbar unter: http://www.raumnachrichten.de/diskussionen/1162-humangeographie#aileenoeberst

Book contributions

  • von der Beck, I., Oeberst, A., Cress, U., Back, M., & Nestler, S. (2015). Hätte die Geschichte aus anders verlaufen können? Der Rückschaufehler zu Ereignissen in Wikipedia. In: T. Wozniak, U. Rohwedder, & J. Nemitz (Hrsg.) Wikipedia und die Geschichtswissenschaften (S. 155-174). Berlin: De Gruyter Open. Verfügbar unter: http://www.degruyter.com/view/books/9783110376357/9783110376357-012/9783110376357-012.xml
  • Oeberst, A., Kimmerle, J., & Cress, U. (2016). What is knowledge? How is it constructed and who possesses it? The need for a new answer to old questions. In: U. Cress, H. Jeong, & J. Moskaliuk (Eds). Mass collaboration and education. Springer.
  • Oeberst, A., Cress, U., Back, M., & Nestler, S. (2016). Individual vs. collaborative information processing: The case of biases in Wikipedia. In: U. Cress, H. Jeong, & J. Moskaliuk (Eds). Mass collaboration and education. Springer.
  • Oeberst, A., de Vreeze, J., & Cress, U. (in press). The norm of neutrality in collaborative knowledge construction: A comparison between Wikipedia and the extreme right-wing Metapedia. In O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, G. Wittum & A. Dengel (Eds). Positive Learning in the Age of Information (PLATO) – A blessing or a curse? Wiesbaden: Springer.



  • Oeberst, A. (2009). Hypermnesie: Affektive, motivationale und persönlichkeitspsychologische Einflussfaktoren. Saarbrücken: Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften.
  • Oeberst, A. (2008). Der Falschinformationseffekt – Stabilität und Reversibilität. Grin-Verlag.