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Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft - Abteilung für Psychologie

Prof. Dr. Gerd Bohner

Social Psychology and Experimental Research on Gender


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

Lab affiliation: 05- Social Psychology  
Room: T5-238  
Phone: ++49 (0)521 106-4437  
Fax: ++49 (0)521 106-6422  
Email: Gerd Bohner  
Teaching offer: Courses  
office hours: only by arrangement via e-mail  


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Biographical Sketch
Research Interests
Current Research Grants
Selection of courses held
Editorial and Reviewing Activities


Biographical Sketch [full CV]

Born 1959 in Karlsruhe.
1978 Graduation from High-School at Goethe-Gymnasium Karlsruhe.
1978-1980 Community service at a daycare institution for disabled children, Karlsruhe.
1980 to 1986 Undergraduate studies and Graduation (Dipl.-Psych.) in Psychology, University of Heidelberg.
1986 to 1998 Teaching positions at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim.
1990 Dr. phil. in Psychology, University of Heidelberg.
1991-1992 Feodor Lynen Research Fellow, New York University.
1997 Habilitation in Psychology, University of Mannheim.
1997 Temporary Professorship (Group Sociology and Social Psychology), University of Mannheim.
1998 Temporary Chair (General and Social Psychology), University of Würzburg.
1998 to 2001 Senior Lecturer to Professor of Social Psychology, University of Kent.
Since 2001 Professor of Social Psychology, University of Bielefeld.


Research Interests

  • Social cognition (especially persuasion; social influence; stereotyping; effects of moods, emotions and other subjective experiences, applications in advertising and marketing)
  • Attitudes and social cognitions in the areas of sexual violence and sexual harassment
  • Social and emotional aspects of human-machine interaction
  • Sex differences from evolutionary and socio-cultural perspectives
  • Methods of social psychology, especially indirect measurement of attitudes




Bohner, G., & Wänke, M. (2002). Attitudes and attitude change . Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Bohner, G. (1998). Vergewaltigungsmythen. Landau: Verlag Empirische Pädagogik.


Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

(Reprints or electronic copies are available on request: ae5.psychologie@uni-bielefeld.de)



Bohner, G., & Schapansky, E. (2018). Law students' judgments of a rape victim's statement: The role of displays of emotion and acceptance of sexual aggression myths. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 12, 1-13. doi:10.4119/UNIBI/ijcv.635

Schwark, S., Dragon, N. & Bohner, G. (2018). Falschbeschuldigungen bei sexueller Gewalt. In J. Gysi & P. Rüegger (Hrsg.), Handbuch sexualisierte Gewalt: Therapie, Prävention und Strafverfolgung (S. 55-61). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Diehl, C., Rees, J., & Bohner, G. (2018). Predicting sexual harassment from hostile sexism and shortterm mating orientation: Relative strength of predictors depends on situational priming of power versus sex. Violence Against Women, 24, 123-143. doi:10.1177/1077801216678092 (first published online on December 09, 2016)



Papendick, M., & Bohner, G. (2017). Passive victim - strong survivor? Perceived meaning of labels applied to women who were raped. PLOS ONE, 12(5), e177550. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0177550

Süssenbach, P., Albrecht, S., & Bohner, G. (2017). Implicit judgments of rape cases: An experiment on the determinants and consequences of implicit evaluations in a rape case. Psychology, Crime and Law, 23, 291-304. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2016.1247160

Süssenbach, P., Eyssel, F., Rees, J., & Bohner, G. (2017). Looking for blame: Rape myth acceptance and attention to victim and perpetrator. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32, 2323-2344. doi:10.1177/0886260515591975



Sadowski, F., & Bohner, G. (2016). Explaining prejudice toward Americans and Europeans in Egypt: Closed-mindedness and conservatism mediate effects of religious fundamentalism. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 10, 109-126. doi:10.4119/UNIBI/ijcv.515



Bebermeier, S., Echterhoff, G., Bohner, G., & Hellmann, J. H. (2015). The generalization of shared reality: When communication about one target shapes the evaluation of other targets. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 623-640. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2115

Erb, H.-P., Hilton, D. J., Bohner, G., & Roffey, L. (2015). The minority decision - A risky choice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 57, 43-50. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.11.003

Glaser, T., Dickel, N., Liersch, B., Rees, J., Süssenbach, P., & Bohner, G. (2015). Lateral attitude change. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 19, 257-276. doi:10.1177/1088868314546489

Hellmann, D. F., Dickel, N., Bohner, G., & Erb, H.-P. (2015). Mind over matter: Target states, not stimulus characteristics, determine information processing in minority influence. In S. Papastamou, A. Gardikiotis, & G. Prodromitis (Eds.), Majority and minority influence: Societal meaning and cognitive elaboration. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.



Bohner, G., & Schlüter, L. E. (2014). A room with a viewpoint revisited: Descriptive norms and hotel guests' towel reuse behavior. PLOS ONE, 9(8), e104086. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104086

Diehl, C., Glaser, T., & Bohner, G. (2014). Face the consequences: Learning about victims' suffering reduces sexual harassment myth acceptance and men's likelihood to sexually harass. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 489-503. doi:10.1002/ab.21553

Grau, I., & Bohner, G. (2014). Anchoring revisited: The role of the comparative question. PLOS ONE , 9(1), e86056. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086056

Helmke, S., Kobusch, P.-R., Rees, J., Meyer, T., & Bohner, G. (2014). Beliefs about the Strauss-Kahn case in France and Germany: Political orientation and sexual aggression myths as local versus global predictors. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 8, 171-186. (urn:nbn:de:0070-ijcv-2014167)

Koepke, S., Eyssel, F., & Bohner, G. (2014). "She deserved it": Effects of sexism norms, type of violence, and victim's pre-assault behavior on blame attributions toward female victims and approval of the aggressor's behavior. Violence Against Women, 20, 446-464. doi:10.1177/1077801214528581



Ansorge, U., & Bohner, G. (2013). Investigating the association between valence and elevation with an implicit association task that requires upward and downward responding [Special issue: Cognitive science]. Universitas Psychologica, 12(5), 1453-1471. doi:10.11144/Javeriana.UPSY12-5.iave

Kreft, M., Eyssel, F., Bohner, G. & Tzitzikos, S. (2013). "Am Ende der Angst" - Evaluation eines theaterpädagogischen Projekts zur Prävention sexueller Aggression im Jugendalter. In S. Heynen & F. Zahradnik (Hrsg.), Forschung im vertrauten Feld: Beispiele für praxisnahen Erkenntnisgewinn (S. 57-82). Berlin: Lit.

Montañés, P., de Lemus, S., Megías, J., Moya, M., & Bohner, G. (2013). How attractive are sexist intimates to adolescents? The influence of sexist beliefs and relationship experience. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 97, 494-506. doi: 10.1177/0361684313475998

Süssenbach, P., Eyssel, F., & Bohner, G. (2013). Metacognitive aspects of rape myths: Subjective strength of rape myth acceptance moderates its effects on information processing and behavioral intentions. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 2250-2272. doi:10.1177/0886260512475317



Dickel, N., & Bohner, G. (2012). Minority and majority influence on attitudes. In G. Rossi (Ed.), Psychology: Selected papers (pp. 249-274). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.

Diehl, C., Rees, J., & Bohner, G. (2012). Flirting with disaster: Short-term mating orientation and hostile sexism predict different types of sexual harassment. Aggressive Behavior, 38, 521-531. doi: 10.1002/ab.21444

Ilic, M., Reinecke, J., Bohner, G., Röttgers, H.-O., Beblo, T., Driessen, M., Frommberger, U., & Corrigan, P. W. (2012). Protecting self-esteem from stigma: A test of different strategies for coping with the stigma of mental illness. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 58, 246-257. doi: 10.1177/0020764010392058

Montañés, P., de Lemus, S., Bohner, G., Megías, J. L., Moya, M., & García-Retamero, R. (2012). Intergenerational transmission of benevolent sexism from mothers to daughters and its relation to daughters´ academic performance and goals. Sex Roles, 66, 468-478. doi: 10.1007/s11199-011-0116-0

Süssenbach, P., Bohner, G., & Eyssel, F. (2012). Studying schematic influences of rape myth acceptance on visual information processing: An eye-tracking experiment. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 660-668. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.12.005



Becker, J. C., Glick, P., Ilic, M., & Bohner, G. (2011). Damned if she does, damned if she doesn't: Consequences of accepting versus rejecting patronizing help for the female target and male actor. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 761-773. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.823

Bohner, G., & Dickel, N. (2011). Attitudes and attitude change. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 391-417. doi: 10.1146/annurev.psych.121208.131609

Eyssel, F., & Bohner, G. (2011). Schema effects of rape myth acceptance on judgments of guilt and blame in rape cases: The role of perceived entitlement to judge. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 1579-1605. doi: 10.1177/0886260510370593

Süssenbach, P., & Bohner, G. (2011). Acceptance of sexual aggression myths in a representative sample of German residents. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 374-385. doi: 10.1002/ab.20390

Wänke, M., Reutner, L. & Bohner, G. (2011). Einstellung und Verhalten. In H.-W. Bierhoff & D. Frey (Hrsg.), Sozialpsychologie - Individuum und soziale Welt (S. 211-232). Göttingen: Hogrefe.



Bohner, G., Ahlborn, K., & Steiner, R. (2010). How sexy are sexist men? Women’s perception of male response profiles in the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory. Sex Roles, 62, 568-582. doi:10.1007/s11199-009-9665-x

Bohner, G., Echterhoff, G., Glaß, C., Patrzek, J., & Lampridis. E. (2010). Distress in response to infidelity committed by the partners of close others: Siblings versus friends. Social Psychology, 41, 223-229. doi: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000030

Bohner, G., Pina, A., Viki, G. T., & Siebler, F. (2010). Using social norms to reduce men's rape proclivity: Perceived rape myth acceptance of out-groups may be more influential than that of in-groups. Psychology, Crime and Law, 16, 671-693. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2010.492349

Erb, H.-P., & Bohner, G. (2010). Consensus as the key: Towards parsimony in explaining minority and majority influence. In R. Martin & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Minority influence and innovation: Antecedents, processes and consequences (pp. 79-103). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Heitland, K., & Bohner, G. (2010). Reducing prejudice via cognitive dissonance: Individual differences in preference for consistency moderate the effects of counterattitudinal advocacy. Social Influence, 5, 164-181. doi: 10.1080/15534510903332261



Bohner, G., Eyssel, F., Pina, A., Siebler, F., & Viki, G. T. (2009). Rape myth acceptance: Affective, behavioural, and cognitive effects of beliefs that blame the victim and exonerate the perpetrator. In M. Horvath & J. Brown (Eds.), Rape: Challenging contemporary thinking. Cullompton, UK: Willan.

Bohner, G., & Wänke, M. (2009). The psychology of attitudes and persuasion. In J. Wood & T. Gannon (Eds.), Public opinion and criminal justice (pp. 3-32). Cullompton, UK: Willan.

Eyssel, F., Bohner, G., Süssenbach, P. & Schreiber, P. (2009). Neuentwicklung und Validierung eines szenariobasierten Verfahrens zur Erfassung der Neigung zu sexueller Aggression. Diagnostica, 55, 117-127.  SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1doi:10.1026/0012-1924.55.2.117



Bohner, G., Dykema-Engblade, A., Tindale, R. S., & Meisenhelder, H. (2008). Framing of minority and majority source information in persuasion: When and how "consensus implies correctness". Social Psychology, 108-116.

Bohner, G., Siebler, F., González, R., Haye, A., & Schmidt, E. A. (2008). Situational flexibility of in-group-related attitudes: A single category IAT study of people with dual national identity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 11, 301-307.

Siebler, F., Sabelus, S., & Bohner, G. (2008). A refined computer harassment paradigm: Validation, and test of hypotheses about target characteristics. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 22-35.



Erb, H.-P., & Bohner, G. (2007). Social influence and persuasion: Recent theoretical developments and integrative attempts. In K. Fiedler (Ed.), Social communication (pp. 191-221). New York: Psychology Press.

Eyssel, F. & Bohner, G. (2007). The rating of sexist humor under time pressure as an indicator of spontaneous sexist attitudes. Sex Roles, 57, 651-660.

Gerger, H., Kley, H., Bohner, G., & Siebler, F. (2007). The Acceptance of Modern Myths About Sexual Aggression (AMMSA) Scale: Development and validation in German and English. Aggressive Behavior, 33, 420-440.


Selected papers until 2006

Abrams, D., Viki, G. T., Masser, B., & Bohner, G. (2003). Perceptions of stranger and acquaintance rape: The role of benevolent and hostile sexism in victim blame and rape proclivity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 111-125.

Bohner, G., Bless, H., Schwarz, N., & Strack, F. (1988). What triggers causal attributions? The impact of valence and subjective probability. European Journal of Social Psychology, 18, 335-345.

Bohner, G., Einwiller, S., Erb, H.-P., & Siebler, F. (2003). When small means comfortable: Relations between product attributes in two-sided advertising. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 13, 454-463.

Bohner, G., Jarvis, C. I., Eyssel, F., & Siebler, F. (2005). The causal impact of rape myth acceptance on men's rape proclivity: Comparing sexually coercive and noncoercive men. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 819-828.

Bohner, G., & Lampridis, E. (2004). Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 7, 77-87.

Bohner, G., Moskowitz, G. B., & Chaiken, S. (1995). The interplay of heuristic and systematic processing of social information. European Review of Social Psychology, 6, 33-68.

Bohner, G., Ruder, M., & Erb, H.-P. (2002). When expertise backfires: Contrast and assimilation effects in persuasion. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 495-519.

Bohner, G., Siebler, F., & Schmelcher, J. (2006). Social norms and the likelihood of raping: Perceived rape myth acceptance of others affects men's rape proclivity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 286-297.

Bohner, G., & Wänke, M. (2004). Psychological gender mediates sex differences in jealousy. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, 2, 213-229.

Bohner, G., & Weinerth, T. (2001). Negative affect can increase or decrease message scrutiny: The affect interpretation hypothesis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1417-1428.

Bohner, G., Weisbrod, C., Raymond, P., Barzvi, A., & Schwarz, N. (1993). Salience of rape affects self-esteem: The moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 23, 561-579.

Chiroro, P., Bohner, G., Viki, G. T., & Jarvis, C. I. (2004). Rape myth acceptance and rape proclivity: Expected dominance versus expected arousal as mediators in acquaintance-rape situations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 19, 427-442.

Echterhoff, G., Bohner, G., & Siebler, F. (2006). "Social Robotics" und Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion: Aktuelle Forschung und Relevanz für die Sozialpsychologie. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 37, 4, 219-231.

Erb, H.-P., Bohner, G., Schmälzle, K., & Rank, S. (1998). Beyond conflict and discrepancy: Cognitive bias in minority and majority influence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 620-633.

Keller, J., Bohner, G., & Erb, H.-P. (2000). Intuitive und heuristische Verarbeitung - verschiedene Prozesse? Präsentation einer deutschen Fassung des "Rational-Experiential Inventory" sowie neuer Selbstberichtskalen zur Heuristiknutzung. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 31, 87-101.

Schwarz, N., Bless, H., & Bohner, G. (1991). Mood and persuasion: Affective states influence the processing of persuasive communications. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 24, 161-199.

Wänke, M., Bohner, G., & Jurkowitsch, A. (1997). There are many reasons to drive a BMW: Does imagined ease of argument generation influence attitudes? Journal of Consumer Research, 24, 170-177.


Current Research Grants

  • Computer-based Methods in Teaching and Research III. With Sandra Schwark. Universität Bielefeld
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate School on "Group-focused Enmity" , Speakers: Andreas Zick (Bielefeld), Ulrich Wagner (Marburg). DFG (GRK 884/3)


Selection of courses held

  • Advanced Statistics and Methodology (lectures and computing surgery)
  • Attitudes and Persuasion (seminar course)
  • Attribution Theories (seminar course)
  • Conscious and Nonconscious Processing in Social Judgment (seminar course)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (two-semester lecture course)
  • Emotion and Motivation (lecture course)
  • Research Practical in Social Psychology
  • Research Seminar in Social Psychology
  • Process Models of Persuasion (seminar course)
  • Sexism (seminar course)
  • Social Influence (seminar course)
  • Social Judgment (seminar course)
  • Social Influence by Minorities and Majorities (seminar course)
  • Moods and Emotions in Social Judgment (seminar course)
  • Workshop in Social Cognition (research seminar)


Editorial and Reviewing Activities


  • European Journal of Social Psychology (Associate Editor, 2015-2017)
  • Social Psychology (2007-2011)
  • Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie (2003-2006)

Consulting Editor

  • British Journal of Social Psychology (1995-2004)
  • European Journal of Social Psychology (1995-2005)
  • Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (1997-2009)
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2003-2008)
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2006-2009)
  • Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale / International Review of Social Psychology (since 2002)
  • Social Psychology (since 2011)
  • Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie (2007)

Reviewer (selection)

  • Biological Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Emotion
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • Psychologische Rundschau
  • Social Cognition
  • German Research Council (DFG)
  • National Science Foundation (USA)
  • Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)