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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:
on appointment by email

Further Information

Academic Education and Positions

  • 2000: Diploma in Psychology, University of Trier, Germany
  • 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

Scientific Engagement / Memberships:

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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
  • Replicability / Meta-Science

Research Projects

  • Coordination of the DFG Priority Program META-REP (“A Meta-scientific Program to Analyze and Optimize Replicability in the Behavioral, Social, and Cognitive Sciences”; SPP 2317; 2021-2024)
  • "Victim Sensitivity in Complex Social Interactions: An Interactive-Process Approach" (2016-2020), funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG


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Recent peer-reviewed journal articles (selected):

  • Bago, B., Kovacs, M., Protzko, J., Nagy, T., Kekecs, Z., Palfi, B., …, Gollwitzer, M., …, & Aczel, B. (2022). Situational factors shape moral judgments in the trolley dilemma in Eastern, Southern and Western countries in a culturally diverse sample. Nature Human Behavior, 6, 880-895.
  • Fischer, M., Twardawski, M., Strelan, P., & Gollwitzer, M. (2022). Victims need more than power: Empowerment and moral change independently predict victims’ satisfaction and willingness to reconcile. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 123(3), 518–536.
  • Magraw-Mickelson, Z., Süssenbach, P., & Gollwitzer, M. (2022). The virus of distrust: How one victim-sensitive group member can affect the entire group’s outcomes. European Journal of Social Psychology, 52(3), 487-499.
  • Abendroth, J., Nauroth, P., Richter, T., & Gollwitzer, M. (2022). Non-strategic detection of identity-threatening information: Epistemic validation and identity defense may share a common cognitive basis. PLOS ONE 17(1): e0261535.
  • Aharoni, E., Simpson, D., Nahmias, E., & Gollwitzer, M. (2022). A painful message: Testing the effects of suffering and understanding on punishment judgments. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 230, 138-151.
  • Altenmüller, M. S., & Gollwitzer, M. (2022). Prosociality in science. Current Opinion in Psychology, 43, 284-288.
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Schwabe, J. (2022). Context dependency as a predictor of replicability. Review of General Psychology, 26(2), 241-249.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Platzer, C., Göritz, A. S., Zwarg, C., & Twardawski, M. (2022). Does lockdown compliance reflect a latent trait? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13(4), 884-891.
  • Kreuzer, M., & Gollwitzer, M. (2022). Neuroticism and satisfaction in romantic relationships: A systematic investigation of intra- and interpersonal processes with a longitudinal approach. European Journal of Personality, 36, 149-179.
  • Rudert, S. C., Gleibs, I. H., Gollwitzer, M., Häfner, M., Hajek, K. V., Harth, N. S., Häusser, J. A., Imhoff, R., & Schneider, D. (2021). Us and the virus: Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through a social psychological lens. European Psychologist, 26, 259-271.

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