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Dr. Alexa Weiss

Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Social Psychology

Postal Address

Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft
Abteilung für Psychologie
Postfach 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld

Lab Affiliation: 05-Sozialpsychologie
Room: T5-234
Teaching Offer: Courses
Phone: ++49 (0)521 106-4456  
Office Hours: by Appointment

Research Interests


  • Moral judgment and behavior
  • Trust and distrust
  • Social emotions
  • Person perception
  • Close relationships, intimate partner violence and sexual violence
  • Psychology of religion


  • Zickfeld, J., Scigala, K., Elbaek, C. T., Michael, J., Tønnesen, M. T., Levy, G., … Mitkidis, P. (2024, March 4). I solemnly swear I’m up to good: A megastudy investigating the effectiveness of honesty oaths on curbing dishonesty. PsyArXiv.  [Data]
  • Norget, J., Weiss, A., & Mayer, A. (2023). Estimating latent state-trait models for experience-sampling data in R with the lsttheory package: A tutorial. PsyArXiv.  [OSF]

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Weiss, A., & Forstmann, M. (2024). Religiosity predicts the delegation of decisions between moral and self-serving immoral outcomes.. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Article 104605. [OSF][PDF]
  • Costa, D., Scharpf, F., Weiss, A., Ayanian, A. H., & Bozorgmehr, K. (2024). Intimate partner violence during COVID-19: Systematic review and meta-analysis according to methodological choices, 24, Article 313. BMC Public Health. [PDF]

  • Weiss, A., Burgmer, P., Rom, S. C., & Conway, P. (2024). Taking the moral high ground: Deontological and absolutist moral dilemma judgments convey self-righteousness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 110, Article 104505. [OSF] [PDF]
  • Zickfeld, J. H., Ścigała, K. A., Weiss, A., Michael, J., & Mitkidis, P. (2023). Commitment to honesty oaths decreases dishonesty, but commitment to another individual does not affect dishonesty. Communications Psychology, 1, Article 27. [OSF] [PDF]
  • Bohner, G., Weiss, A., Schirch, C., Zöllner, L., Lipińska, A., Sempere, M.-J., & Megías, J. L. (2022). AMMSA-21: A revised version of the Acceptance of Modern Myths About Sexual Aggression Scale in English, German, Polish and Spanish. International Journal of Social Psychology, 37(3), 460-491.

  • Weiss, A., Burgmer, P., & Hofmann, W. (2022). The experience of trust in everyday life. Current Opinion in Psychology, 44, 245-251.

  • Weiss, A., & Burgmer, P. (2021). Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(11), 3198-3218. [OSF] [PDF]

  • Weiss, A., Forstmann, M., & Burgmer, P. (2021). Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions. Cognition, 214, Article 104662. [OSF] [PDF]

  • Weiss, A., Dorrough, A.R., & Schmitz, L. (2021). Analytic atheism in a low-religiosity culture: Examining the relationship between analytic thinking and religious belief in Germany. Personality and Individual Differences, 178, Article 110854. [OSF] [PDF]

  • Burgmer, P., Weiss, A., & Ohmann, K. (2021). I don't feel ya: How narcissism shapes empathy. Self and Identity, 20(2), 199-215.

  • Weiss, A., Michels, C., Burgmer, P., Mussweiler, T., Ockenfels, A., & Hofmann, W. (2021). Trust in everyday life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 121(1), 95–114. [OSF] [PDF]

  • Irlenbusch, B., Mussweiler, T., Saxler, D. J., Shalvi, S., & Weiss, A. (2020). Similarity increases collaborative cheating. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 178, 148-173.

  • Weiss, A., Burgmer, P., & Lange, J. (2020). Surprise me! On the impact of unexpected benefits on other-praising gratitude expressions. Cognition and Emotion, 34(8), 1608-1620. [OSF] [PDF]

  • Weiss*, A., Burgmer*, P., & Mussweiler, T. (2018). Two-faced morality: Distrust promotes divergent moral standards for the self versus others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44(12), 1712-1724. *shared first authorship
  • Conway, P., Weiss, A.,Burgmer, P., & Mussweiler, T. (2018). Distrusting your moral compass: The impact of distrust mindsets on moral dilemma processing and judgment. Social Cognition, 36(3), 245-380. [OSF]
  • Rom, S. C., Weiss, A., & Conway, P. J. (2017). Judging those who judge: Perceivers infer the roles of affect and cognition underpinning others' moral dilemma responses. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 69, 44-58.
  • Mussweiler, T., Michels, C., & Weiss, A. (2016). Reflections on comparison: The selective accessibility mechanism. In R. Deutsch, B. Gawronski, & W. Hofmann (Eds.), Reflective and impulsive determinants of human behavior (pp. 19-33). Routledge.
  • Fort, M., Weiß, A., Martin, A., & Peperkamp, S. (2013). Looking for the bouba-kiki effect in prelexical infants. In F. Ouni, F. Berthommier, & A. Jesse (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (pp. 71-76).

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