Pia Lamberty, M.Sc.



Since 04/2016
Research assistant at the professorial chair of Social and Legal Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Research assistant, Social Cognition Center Cologne, University of Cologne

  • Project: "Seventy Years Later: Historical Representations of the Holocaust and their Effects on German-Israeli Relations"

Employed as a student assistant at the following institutes:

  • Social Cognition Center Cologne, University of Cologne
  • Social Psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Center for Learning and Knowledge Management, RWTH Aachen



  • Master of Science in psychology (research oriented) at the University of Cologne with focus on social cognition and media psychology
    Master thesis “Uncovering hidden agencies: The Role of Trust and Control in the Development of Conspirational thinking”


  • Bachelor of Science in psychology at the FernUniversität Hagen
    Bachelor thesis "Consequences of Positive and Negative Contact Experiences on Intergroup Attitudes of Majorities"

Further Education:

  • Master of Arts for comparative literature & new historicism at the WWU Münster
  • Bachelor of Arts for philosophy und literature studies at the RWTH Aachen

Research Interests

  • conspiracy mentality and conspiracy beliefs
  • cognitive biases
  • psychological reactions towards terrorism
  • representations of history and intergroup-relationships



Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Imhoff, R. & Lamberty, P. (in press). Too special to be duped: Need for uniqueness motivates conspiracy beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Journal articles (without-peer review)

Imhoff, R. & Lamberty, P. (2016). Die Geheimniswitterer. Gehirn & Geist, 9, 12-17.


Awards and distinctions


  • Master Thesis Award, Department of Psychology at the University of Cologne
  • Grant for a research visit at the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology CP 122, Université Libre de Bruxelles with Prof. Dr. Olivier Klein by the Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) Program of the Cost Action IS 1205: Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union