Psychologisches Institut
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Dr. Dorothee Amelung

Foto Dorothee Amelung

Office hours

On appointment

Research Interests

Climate Change, Health


  • Amelung, D., Fischer, H., Kruse, L., Sauerborn, R. (2016). Defogging Climate Change Communication: How cognitive research can promote effective climate communication. Frontiers in Psychology, 7,1-4.

  • Pfeifer, A.-C., Amelung, D., Gerigk, C., Schroeter, C., Ehrenthal, J., Neubauer, E., Schiltenwolf, M. (2016). Study protocol: efficacy of an attachment-based working alliance in the multimodal pain treatment. BMC Psychology 4(10).

  • Amelung, D., Funke, J. (2015). German laypeople's risky decisions in the climate change context: Climate Engineering as a risk defusing strategy? Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 21(2), 1-27.

  • Schroeter, C., Ehrenthal, J. C., Giulini, M., Neubauer, E., Gantz, S., Amelung, D., Balke, D., Schiltenwolf, M. (2015). Attachment, symptom severity and depression in musculoskeletal pain and osteoarthritis: A cross-sectional study. PLOSone

  • Wang, H., Weber, A., Amelung, D. & Schiltenwolf, M. (2014). Bindungsstil und Zytokinspiegel bei Fibromyalgie-Syndrom. Eine prospektive Longitudinalstudie [Attachment style and cytokine levels in patients with fibromyalgia. A prospective longitudinal study] Der Schmerz 28(5), 504-512.

  • Amelung, D., Funke, J. (2013). Dealing with the uncertainties of climate engineering: Warnings from a psychological complex problem solving perspective. Technology in Society, 35 ,32-40.

  • Amelung, D., Dietz, W., Fernow, H., Heyen, D., Reichwein, D., Wiertz, T. (2012). Beyond calculation. Climate Engineering risks from a social sciences perspective Forum Marsilius-Kolleg, 2. Available at: /

    Work in Progress

  • Climate Change and the problem with overconfidence: the difference between perceived and actual understanding (with H. Fischer, N. Said).

  • Household preferences for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in four European high-income countries: Does health information matter? A mixed-methods protocol (with A. Herrmann, H. Fischer, D. Litvine, C. Aal, C. Andersson, M. Baltruszewicz, C. Barbier, S. Bruyere, V. Louis, F. Benevise, G. Dubois, K. Richardson-Moberg, M. Nilsson, B. Skold, P. Wilkinson, R. Sauerborn)

  • Ambiguity preferences under cognitive load (with D. Heyen, D. Roemer).
  • Grants

  • Field of Focus (2016): Self-regulation of common property resources: Using Agent-Based Modeling for Exploration of the Influence of Working Memory Capacity in CPR Dilemmas (With H. Fischer, C. Kirches, & N. Said)

  • ZUK 5.4 Scientific Computing (2016): Situational and personal factors that contribute to a better understanding of climate change (With H. Fischer, N. Said, C. Kirches, & S. Koerkel)

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