Marius Frenken, M.Sc.


Since 04/2018 Research Assistant, Department for Social and Legal Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

10/2017 – 03/2018 Lecturer, Department for Experimental Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz



Bachelorseminars "Introduction to Social Psychological Research".

Bachelorseminars "Selected Topics and Practical Application of Legal Psychology"


Research interests

  • Conspiracy theories and conspiracy mentality
  • Shooter Bias
  • Stereotypes
  • Attention and memory




Frenken, M., & Imhoff, R. (in press). Don’t trust anybody: Conspiracy mentality and the detection of facial trustworthiness cues. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Frenken, M., Bilewicz, M., & Imhoff, R. (in press). On the relation between religiosity and the endorsement of conspiracy theories: The role of political orientation. Political Psychology. (Open Access) [Open materials and data]

Imhoff, R., Bertlich, T., & Frenken, M. (2022). Tearing apart the “evil” twins: A general conspiracy mentality is not the same as specific conspiracy beliefs. Current Opinion in Psychology, 101349. [Accepted manuscript]

Frenken, M., Hemmerich, W., Izydorczyk, D., Scharf, S., & Imhoff, R. (2022). Cognitive processes behind  the shooter bias: Dissecting response bias, motor preparation and information accumulation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 98, 104230. [Accepted manuscript] [Open materials and data]

Frenken, M., & Imhoff, R. (2021). A uniform conspiracy mindset or differentiated reactions to specific conspiracy beliefs? Evidence from Latent Profile Analyses. International Review of Social Psychology, 34(1), 27. (Open Access) [Open materials and data]

Frenken, M., & Berti, S. (2018). Exploring the switching of the focus of attention within working memory: A combined event-related potential and behavioral study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 126C, 30-41. [Accepted manuscript] [Open materials and data]