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Social psychology studies the interplay between individuals and their surrounding social world from three major perspectives: social cognition, interpersonal relations, and group interactions. Classic topics include social perception, stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup relations, social influence and persuasion, (group) decision-making, close relationships, aggression, and prosocial behavior.

Because social aspects are pervasive in so many spheres of life, however, social psychology is a broad and increasingly multidisciplinary discipline with many applications, and connections to neighboring fields, including work and industrial psychology, motivation and personality science, health psychology, behavioral economics, public policy, and the psychology of law, to name just a few.

Our group studies a broad array of these topics. In our methodological approach, we strive to combine the rigor of experimental research with the external validity and richness of behavioral data from everyday life (as measured, for instance, with ecological momentary assessment).

On these pages, you learn more about

our team members

our research projects 

our teaching

ongoing studies for research participation