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Mario Gollwitzer

Prof. Dr. Mario Gollwitzer

Professor / Head of Chair


Department of Psychology
Chair of Social Psychology
Leopoldstr. 13
80802 München

Room: 3312
Phone: +49 (0) 89/2180-5179
Fax: +49 (0) 89/2180-5238

Office hours:
During his sabbatical (October 2021 through March 2022), Professor Gollwitzer can be contacted via email

Further Information

Academic Education and Positions

  • 2000: Diploma in Psychology, University of Trier, Germany
  • 2000-2005: Postgraduate researcher, University of Trier, Germany, Department of Psychology (Social Psychology)
  • 2004: Ph.D. in Psychology (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Trier, Germany
  • 2005-2010: Associate Professor of Methodology and Evaluation,  University of Koblenz-Landau; Department of Psychology, Co-Director of the "Center for Methods, Assessment, and Evaluation" at the University of Koblenz-Landau  (Methodenzentrum)
  • 2010-2018: Full Professor of Psychological Methodology, Philipps University Marburg, Germany
  • since 03/2018: Full Professor of Social Psychology, LMU München

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Research Interests

  • Social psychological research on retributive justice (including revenge and punishment)
  • Individual differences in "justice sensitivity" and their relation to moral reasoning and moral behavior
  • Science communication and (motivated) science reception
  • Measurement of change in the context of evaluating psychological interventions

Research Projects



Download of the complete List of Publications


Recent peer-reviewed journal articles (selected):

  • Fischer, M., Twardawski, M., Strelan, P., & Gollwitzer, M. (in press). Victims need more than power: Empowerment and moral change independently predict victims’ satisfaction and willingness to reconcile. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Schwabe, J. (in press). Context dependency as a predictor of replicability. Review of General Psychology.
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Okimoto, T. (2021). Downstream consequences of post-transgression responses: A motive-attribution framework. Personality and Social Psychology Review. [Advance Online Publication].
  • Kreuzer, M., & Gollwitzer, M. (2021). Neuroticism and satisfaction in romantic relationships: A systematic investigation of intra- and interpersonal processes with a longitudinal approach. European Journal of Personality. [Advance Online Publication].
  • Gollwitzer, M., Platzer, C., Zwarg, C., & Göritz, A. (2020). Public acceptance of Covid-19 lockdown scenarios. International Journal of Psychology. [Advance Online Publication].


Selected book chapters:

  • Gollwitzer, M., & van Prooijen, J.-W. (2016). Psychology of justice. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of social justice theory and research (pp. 61-82). New York: Springer.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Keller, L., & Braun, J. (2012). Retributive punishment in a social context. In E. Kals & J. Maes (Eds.), Justice and conflicts: Theoretical and empirical contributions (pp. 169-196). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Gollwitzer, M. (2011). Latent-Class-Analysis. In H. Moosbrugger & A. Kelava (Hrsg.), Testtheorie und Fragebogenkonstruktion (2. Aufl., S. 279-306). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Gollwitzer, M. (2009). Justice and revenge. In M. E. Oswald, S. Bieneck & J. Hupfeld-Heinemann (Eds.), Social psychology of punishment of crime (pp. 137-156). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Gollwitzer, M. & Rothmund, T. (2009). When the need to trust results in unethical behavior: The Sensitivity to Mean Intentions (SeMI) model. In D. De Cremer (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on ethical behavior and decision making (pp. 135-152). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.


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