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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



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Recent peer-reviewed journal articles (selected):

  • Aharoni, E., Simpson, D., Nahmias, E., & Gollwitzer, M. (in press). A painful message: Testing the effects of understanding and suffering on punishment judgments. Zeitschrift für Psychologie.
  • 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.
  • Rudert, S. C., Gleibs, I. H., Gollwitzer, M., Häfner, M., Hajek, K., Harth, N. S., Häusser, J. A., Imhoff, R., & Schneider, D. (in press). Us and the virus: Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through a social psychological lens. European Psychologist.
  • Altenmüller, M. S., & Gollwitzer, M. (2021). Prosociality in science. Current Opinion in Psychology. [Advance Online Publication].
  • Altenmüller, M. S., Nuding, S., & Gollwitzer, M. (2021). No harm in being self-corrective: Self-criticism and reform intentions increase researchers’ epistemic trustworthiness and credibility in the eyes of the public. Public Understanding of Science. [Advance Online Publication].
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Okimoto, T. (2021). Downstream consequences of post-transgression responses: A motive-attribution framework. Personality and Social Psychology Review. [Advance Online Publication].
  • Gollwitzer, M., Platzer, C., Göritz, A. S., Zwarg, C., & Twardawski, M. (2021). Does lockdown compliance reflect a latent trait? Social Psychological and Personality Science. [Advance Online Publication].
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Schwabe, J. (2021). Context dependency as a predictor of replicability. Review of General Psychology. [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].
  • Altenmüller, M. S., Lange, L., & Gollwitzer, M. (2021). When research is me-search: How researchers’ motivation to pursue a topic affects laypeople’s trust in science. PLOS ONE, 16(7): e0253911.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Magraw-Mickelson, Z., Vollan, B., & Süssenbach, P. (2021). Victim Sensitivity in groups: When is one a detriment to all? Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 5, 3-13.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Platzer, C., Zwarg, C., & Göritz, A. (2021). Public acceptance of Covid-19 lockdown scenarios. International Journal of Psychology, 56, 551-565. 


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