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Cognitive Research in Social Psycholgy



Contact information, research interests and courses offered by CRISPies


General information about ongoing research projects in the social psychology department 


Program information about courses, exams, and theses for Bachelor and Master students


Registration for current experiments in the social psychology department


Information about Heidelberg, transportation, and other recommendations.


Contact information, research interests and courses offered by CRISPies

Prof. Dr. Klaus Fiedler


Priv.-Doz. Dr. Florian Kutzner


Dr. Celina Kacperski


Johannes Prager, M.Sc.


Linda McCaughey, M.Sc.


Karolin Salmen, M.Sc.


Chris Harris, M.Sc.


Dpl. Psych. Dennis Hebbelmann


Sascha Kuhn, M.Sc.


Dr. Andreas Steimer


Dr. Peter-Samuel Arslan


Dr. Dennis Grevenstein 


Dpl. Psych. Malte Schott


Dr. Dr. Momme von Sydow


Ute Lorenz, ERASMUS Coordination


Our research assisstance staff (HiWis):

Anna Hänig
Eva Blume
Hannes Wendler
Judith Reh
Malvin Escher
Susanne Nicolai


General information about research projects in the social psychology department 

Research in the CRISP-Lab

Social psychology seeks to describe, explain and, predict the behavior of people interacting with their social environment. Therefore, experiments in social psychology often include an invitation to imagine situations or environments; in these environments certain variables are then manipulated.

Since a knowledge of these manipulations often falsifies the results, the objectives of an investigation are usually communicated to the participants only after completion of a study. Nevertheless, the studies follow strict principles:


There are no manipulations that could cause harm to the participating persons in any way. However, should a problem arise for whatever reason, any participant can cancel an experiment or study.


All collected data is completely anonymous and detached from any person. This is usually secured by the assignment of simple number codes. All data is used for scientific purposes only.


After the completion of an experiment or a study, all participating persons have the right to an explanation of the goals, methods and underlying theories. This information will be given in written or oral form, depending on the experiment.


For some research projects funds are available for payment; i.e. participants may receive cash or a reward (for example, a bottle of sparkling wine). However, students have to complete a number of so-called trial hours (Versuchspersonenstunden, VPN) during their undergraduate studies. After an agreement here at the institute, the reward works according to an "either / or" principle. Either you get a reward for the participation or a certificate of VPN hours.

The CRISP department relies heavily on the cooperation and willingness of students to participate in the experiments that take place every semester. Many of the studies also have interesting content and provide a way to learn about practical experimental psychology. If you are interested in our projects, you can use the participation page to find out about the currently ongoing online studies, or to request further information via our contact page.

Colloquium: Adaptive Cognition

In WS 2018/19 the colloquium will take place on Mondays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in room F105 (Gruppenraum Sozialpsychologie).

The Department of Social Psychology (CRISP) presents current research projects enriched by contributions from the young research group headed by Jan Rummel "Cognition and Attention Regulation".

A number of attractive national and international guest speakers are also on the agenda. This colloquium addresses all colleagues who are interested in Adaptive Cognition as well as all students from the master program "Organizational Behavior and Adaptive Cognition". Those are ínvited to impute this event as a research seminar (FOV).

The seminar promises you up-to-date information on: (1) what research is taking place in the crisp-department; (2) the subjects on which the researches themselves work; (3) what happens "just at the frontline" in the relevant psychological research. (4) that our guests known from the literature look natural; (5) or you may be looking for a master's thesis within one of the presented projects. The seminar, which takes place in English, addresses all these interests and needs.

Please find the current schedule here: Curriculum


Information about social psychology courses, events, and theses

Overview Bachelor

As part of the Bachelor's Degree Program, students will receive the acquisition of a broad overview knowledge and the deepening of a sub-area in social psychology. Requirement for the successful completion of the module is the regular attendance of a lecture and a seminar. The seminars serve to deepen certain subareas.

Depending on the available teachers, three seminars are offered in the third and fourth semesters in the fields of social cognition, group research and applied social psychology. For the completion of the module social psychology, students receive a total of 8 credits.

The module grade consists of 2/3 of the lecture and 1/3 of the seminar note. Students who have already received a lecture and / or seminar note in the third semester can improve it in the fourth semester, provided that seminar places are available.

Further information for minor subject students (Nebenfachstudierende).

Overview Master

In the Masters program, social psychology can be studied in the major field of Organizational Behavior and Adaptive Cognition (OBAC). The module offers a lecture in the summer semester; It also offers a range of seminars and exercises. In addition, an Adaptive Cognition research seminar (colloquium) will be offered for Masters students. Current research projects of the lab will be presented and also well-known external scientists will participate. 

Students interested in cognition may be interested in what kind of research is being done in-house, and what topics the teachers themselves are interested in, what is happening in the current psychological research at the front or what our well-known guests look like in nature. Or maybe they are looking for a thesis within one of the presented projects, which should always be possible.

Further information: Colloquium: Adpative Cognition above.

Current courses & Theses 

Please find all courses and requirements listed at the LSF - Informationsystem.
Current courses CRISP you'll find here.

We are always happy to support students with their projects. Students who are interested in social psychology can contact any of the team to show some interest. Ideally, with a research question in mind. Learn more about our fields of interest on the Team-area


Information about Heidelberg. Transportation and Accommodation
Heidelberg and the University

Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque ensemble of the castle, the Old Town, and the river Neckar surrounded by hills, which inspired the poets and artists of romanticism, still fascinates millions of visitors from all over the world today. But there's more to Heidelberg than romanticism. Learn more...

Heidelberg University – also known as Ruperto Carola – was established in 1386 and is Germany’s oldest university. It is also one of the strongest research universities in all of Europe. In 1386 Ruprecht I, Elector Palatine, received the Pope’s permission to establish the university in his residential city of Heidelberg. The Dutch scholar Marsilius of Inghen became the new university’s first rector. Learn more...

Public Transportation

The Institute of Psychology is situated in the heart of the city. The tram/bus station at the Bismarckplatz is the gate to the old town and in 5 min walking distance. You can easily take several bus- or tramlines from the mainstation to reach the institut in less than 10 minutes.

Recommended Hotels

All hotels are located in the center of Heidelberg and only 5-7 min away by walking distance.

Hip Hotel

Lower Budget

Cosmopolitan hotel with a playful interior in the middle of the Hauptstrasse.

Hotel Panorama

Medium Budget

New and modern hotel close to the river and the recreative Neckarwiese

Europaeischer Hof

Higher Budget

Traditional hotel with a high quality and service standard behind the Plöck (artists quarter).

Further information and contact

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us