Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann

Room: IB 4/61
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-21681
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14002
eMail: wilhelm.hofmann(at)

Office hours: by appointment

Research Interests

Self-Control and Self-Regulation



Social Cognition

Health Behaviors

Public Policy

Environmental Behavior and Sustainable Consumption


Representative Publications

Hofmann, W., Meindl, P., Mooijman, M., & Graham, J. (2018). Morality and self-control: How they are intertwined, and where they differ. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 27, 286-291.

Kotabe, H. P., & Hofmann, W. (2015). On integrating the components of self-control. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 618-638.

Hofmann, W., Wisneski, D. C., Brandt, M. J., & Skitka, L. J. (2014). Morality in everyday life. Science, 345, 1340-1443.

Smith, P. K., & Hofmann, W. (2016). Power in everyday life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 10043–10048. 

Hofmann, W., Baumeister, R. F., Foerster, G., & Vohs, K. D. (2012). Everyday temptations: An experience sampling study of desire, conflict, and self-control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1318–1335.

Hofmann, W., Schmeichel, B. J., & Baddeley, A. D. (2012). Executive functions and self-regulation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 3, 174–180.

Hofmann, W., De Houwer, J., Perugini, M., Baeyens, F., & Crombez, G. (2010). Evaluative conditioning in humans: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 390-421.

Hofmann, W., Friese, M., & Strack, F. (2009). Impulse and self-control from a dual-systems perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 162–176.

Hofmann, W., Gawronski, B., Gschwendner, T., Le, H., & Schmitt, M. (2005). A meta-analysis on the correlation between the Implicit Association Test and explicit self-report measures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1369–1385.


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Brief Curriculum Vitae
2019 Full Professor of Social Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum
2016-2018 Teaching Faculty at the University of Cologne Executive Business School
2013-2019 Full Professor of Social and Economic Cognition, University of Cologne
2010-2013 Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
2007-2010 Research Associate (Assistant professor equivalent), Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg
2006 Ph.D in Psychology (summa cum laude)
2004-2006 Doctoral Researcher, University of Koblenz-Landau
2005 M.A. in Sociology
2003 Diploma in Psychology, University of Trier
2000-2001 Non-degree Visiting Graduate Student, University of Iowa
1999-2005 Studies of Sociology, University of Trier
1997-2003 Studies of Psychology, University of Trier
Academic Distinctions
2017 Selected as Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychological science
2016 Leo-Spitzer Award in the Humanities from the University of Cologne
2016 Teaching Award, University of Cologne
2015 Outstanding Early Career Award of the International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI)
2013 SAGE Young Scholars award of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
2013 Comenius Early Career Psychologist Award by the European Federation of Psychologists Associations
2012 Early Career Award of the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON)
2010 Distinguished Young Scientist Award (Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award) of the German Science Foundation
2009 William Stern Award of the Personality Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society
2007 Best Dissertation Award, University of Landau
2005 Wiley Award for best publication on Masters or Ph.D level in the European Journal of Personality
2003 German Students Award (1st prize), Körber-Foundation
Professional and Editorial Services
2018- Associate Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (IRGP)
2015- Steering Committee, International Social Cognition Network (ISCON)
2016-2018 Vice-Speaker, Center for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB), University of Cologne
2017- Editorial Board, Motivation Science
2013-2019 Editorial Board, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
2010-2017 Editorial Board, Social Psychological and Personality Science
2014-2017 Editorial Board, Personality and Social Psychology Review
2013-2017 Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
2009-2012 Editorial Board, European Journal of Personality