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Prof. Dr. Friederike Funk

Prof. Dr. Friederike Funk

W2 Professor for Social Psychology,
Focus on Legal Psychology


Leopoldstr. 13
D-80802 München

Room: 3317
Phone: +49/2180-5086

Further Information

Academic Education and Positions

  • 2004-2010: Diploma in Psychology, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2010-2012: M.A. in Psychology, Princeton University
  • 2012-2015: PhD in Psychology, Princeton University
  • 2015-2019: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Cologne
  • 2019-2023: Assistant Professor of Practice in Psychology, NYU Shanghai
  • 04/2023 - : Associate Professor of Social Psychology with a focus on Legal Psychology, LMU Munich

Research Interests

  • Psychology and Law
  • Restorative Justice
  • Social Cognition
  • Criminal Stereotypes
  • Effects of culture and gender

Selected Publications

  • Kugler, M. B., Funk, F., Braun, J., Gollwitzer, M., Kay, A., & Darley, J. M. (2013). Differences in punitiveness across three cultures: A test of American Exceptionalism in justice attitudes. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 103(4), 1071-1113.
  • Funk, F. & Todorov, A. (2013). Criminal stereotypes in the courtroom: Facial tattoos affect guilt and punishment differently. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19(4), 466-478.
  • Funk, F., McGeer, V., & Gollwitzer, M. (2014). Get the message: Punishment is satisfying if the transgressor responds to its communicative intent. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(8), 986-997.
  • Olivola, C.Y., Funk, F., & Todorov, A. (2014). Social attributions from faces bias human choices. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(11), 566-570.
  • McGeer, V. & Funk, F. (2017). Are 'optimistic' theories of criminal justice psychologically feasible? The probative case of civic republicanism. Criminal Law & Philosophy, 11(3), 523-544.
  • Funk, F., Walker, M., & Todorov, A. (2017). Modeling perceptions of criminality and remorse from faces using a data-driven computational approach. Cognition and Emotion, 31(7), 1431-1443.
  • Martinez, J.E., Funk, F., & Todorov, A. (2020). Quantifying idiosyncratic and shared contributions to judgment. Behavior Research Methods, 52(4), 1428-1444.; [OSF]
  • Funk, F.* & Mischkowski, D.* (2022). Examining consequentialist punishment motives in one-shot social dilemmas. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 230(2), 127-137. [*shared first authorship]; [OSF]
  • Erle, T.M. & Funk, F. (2022). Visuospatial and affective perspective-taking: Similarities and differences. Social Psychology, 53(5), 315-326.; [OSF]
  • Hechler, S., Funk, F., & Kessler, T. (2023). Not revenge, but change is sweet: Experimental evidence of how offender change and punishment play independent roles in victims’ sense of justice. British Journal of Social Psychology.; [OSF]
  • Funk, F.* & McGeer, V.* (forthcoming). Moral communication. In B. F. Malle & P. Robbins (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Moral Psychology. Cambridge University Press. [*shared first authorship]

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