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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

Office hours:
on appointment by email

In summer 2024, Mario Gollwitzer is doing a research semester.

Interim professorship: Dr. Mathias Twardawski

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Academic Education and Positions

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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

Current Research Projects


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Recent peer-reviewed journal articles (selected):

  • Gollwitzer, M., Prager, J., Altenmüller, M. S., Zein, R. A. (2023). Simplification is not indoctrination. (Commentary on Bartels, “Indoctrination in introduction to psychology”). Psychology Learning and Teaching, 22(3), 245-250.
  • Altenmüller, M. S., Kampschulte, L., Verbeek, L., & Gollwitzer, M. (2023). Science communication gets personal: Ambivalent effects of self-disclosure in science communication on trust in science. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. [Advance Online Publication].
  • De Vel-Palumbo, M., Twardawski, M., & Gollwitzer, M. (2023). Making sense of punishment: Transgressors’ interpretation of punishment motives determines the effects of sanctions. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(3), 1395-1417.
  • Fischer, M., & Gollwitzer, M. (2023). Whistleblowing paradigms. Collabra: Psychology, 9(1), e87493.
  • Altenmüller, M. S., & Gollwitzer, M. (2022). Prosociality in science. Current Opinion in Psychology, 43, 284-288.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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