Pia Lamberty, M.Sc.



Since 03/2018

Reseach stay with Prof. Dr. David Leiser, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Funded by Minerva

Research Assistant, Social and Legal Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Research Assistant, Social Cognition Center Cologne, University of Cologne

  • GIF-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


Since 11/2016

  • Doctoral Studies ("Conspiracy Theories as a Radicalization Multiplier? The development and consequences of conspiracy beliefs")


  • Master of Science in Psychology (research oriented) with focus on Social Cognition and Media Psychology, University of Cologne
    Master thesis “Uncovering hidden agencies: The Role of Trust and Control in the Development of Conspirational thinking”


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, FernUniversität Hagen
    Bachelor thesis "Consequences of Positive and Negative Contact Experiences on Intergroup Attitudes of Majorities"

Further Education:

  • Master of Arts in Comparative Literature & New Historicism, WWU Münster
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Literature Studies, 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)

  • Lamberty, P. K. & Imhoff, R. (2018). Powerful Pharma and its Marginalized Alternatives? Effect of Individual Differences in Conspiracy Mentality on Attitudes towards Medical Approaches. Social Psychology. Manuscript available on ResearchGate.
  • Imhoff, R., & Lamberty, P. (2018).How paranoid are conspiracy believers? Toward a more fine‐grained understanding of the connect and disconnect between paranoia and belief in conspiracy theories. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Imhoff, R., Lamberty, P., & Klein, O. (2018). Using power as a negative cue: How conspiracy mentality affects epistemic trust in sources of historical knowledge. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0146167218768779.
  • Lamberty, P. K., Hellmann, J. H., & Oeberst, A. (2018). The winner knew it all? Conspiracy beliefs and hindsight perspective after the 2016 US general election. Personality and Individual Differences, 123, 236-240.
  • Imhoff, R., & Lamberty, P. K. (2017). Too special to be duped: Need for uniqueness motivates conspiracy beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 724-734.

Book Chapters

  • Imhoff, R. & Lamberty, P. (2018). Nachahmung solidarischen Verhaltens oder Wiedergutmachung für xenophobe Übergriffe Die Effektivität positiver und negativer Beispiele in der „Flüchtlingskrise“. In A. Rohmann & S. Stürmer (Eds.) Beiträge zur angewandten Psychologie: Die Flüchtlingsdebatte in Deutschland – Sozialpsychologische Perspektiven. https://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/BAP.

Articles (without-peer review)

  • Lamberty, P. (2017). Don’t trust anyone: Verschwörungsdenken als Radikalisierungsbeschleuiniger? Journal EXIT-Deutschland. Zeitschrift für Deradikalisierung und demokratische Kultur, 5, 80-91.
  • Beckmann, J., Lamberty, P., & Seidler, F.W. (2017). Der Reichsbürger-Leitfaden. Ist Deutschland souverän?
  • Imhoff, R. & Lamberty, P. (2016). Die Geheimniswitterer. Gehirn & Geist, 9, 12-17.
  • Wichmann, F. & Lamberty, P. (2015). Nein zum Heim? Flucht und Asyl als Thema der extremen Rechten im Landkreis Dahme-Spreewald . Journal Exit-Deutschland. Zeitschrift für Deradikalisierung und demokratische Kultur, 1, 127-149.‪


Awards and distinctions


  • Minerva Fellowship Holder for a 10 month research stay in Israel (with Prof. David Leiser, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Doctoral scholarship Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
  • Minerva Short-Term Research Grant for a 2 month research stay in Israel (with Prof. David Leiser, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)


  • Master Thesis Award for the best Master Thesis, 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