M.Sc Kathi Diel

Doctoral Researcher
Room: IB 4/69
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19549
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14002
eMail: katharina.diel(at)rub.de

Office hours: by appointment

Research Interests

Social Comparison



Person Perception



Representative Publications

Rom, S.C., Katzir, M., Diel, K., & Hofmann, W. (in press). On trading off labor and leisure: a process model of perceived autonomy and opportunity costs. Motivation Science.

Diel, K., & Hofmann, W. (2019). Inspired to perspire: The predicted interplay of social comparison direction and standard extremity in the context of challenging exercising goals. Social Cognition, 37, 247-265.

Dohle, S., Diel, K., & Hofmann, W. (2018). Executive functions and the self-regulation of eating behavior: A review. Appetite, 124, 4-9.

Hofmann, W., Diel, K., & Seibel, M. (2018). Foods, sex, and drugs: Appetitive desires and subjective well-being. In E. Diener & S. Oishi (Eds.), Handbook of well-being. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF Publishers.


Brief Curriculum Vitae
Academic Positions:
04/2019- Research Associate, Social Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Research Associate, Social Cognition Center Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany
Doctoral Student, Social Cognition Center Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany
08/2014-09/2015 Master of Science Psychology (Master of Health and Social Psychology), Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Thesis: May I have your Empathy? The effect of ego depletion and empathy on helping behavior (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann)
09/2011-08/2014 Bachelor of Science Psychology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Thesis: The effects of acute tryptophan depletion on behavioral mimicry in adults with and without a family history of depression (Supervisor: Dr. Marije aan het Rot)
09/2013-02/2014 Exchange Student, Osaka University, Japan
Academic Distinctions
2018/19 Visitor Grant for a Research stay at the University of California Davis, awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne
2018 ESCON Best Paper Award Finalist
2018-2019 Junior Start-Up Grant Trust me, I'm funny. The effects of shared humor on social fluency and trust (together with Matthew Baldwin), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne
2017 Graduate Student Travel Award for 2017 SPSP Annual Convention, The Society for Personality and Social Psychology
2017 Small Research Grant Anxious and egocentric ... yet empathic? The differential effects of anxiety on cognitive and affective mentalizing (together with Pascal Burgmer, PI), granted by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
2016 Junior Researcher Award You are funny. I like you! On the diagnosticity of sharing the same humor (together with Matthew Baldwin), granted by the DFG Research Unit Relativity in Social Cognition