Nils Brandenstein

Nils ­ Brandenstein [âś“]



Room: A026
HauptstraĂźe 49
69117 Heidelberg

Research Interests

  • Political Psychology
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Cognitive processes of belief formation and change
  • Implicit attitudes and stereotypes
  • Sustainable behaviour
  • Statistical modelling and machine learning

Recent courses

Below you find a list of courses I am going to teach this semester (Sommersemester 2023).

Please refer to the lecture index (LSF) for past courses..


10/2017 – 09/2019 Master of Science Psychology (M.Sc.)

Major subject: Organizational Behavior and Adaptive Cognition

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

10/2013 – 10/2017 Bachelor of Science Psychology (B.Sc.)

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg 

08/2005 – 07/2013 Abitur (higher education entrance qualification, A-level)

Christian-Rohlfs-Gymnasium Hagen

Academic Employment

Since 10/2019 Research Assistant at the Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Self-

Regulation Laboratory, Heidelberg University  

Since 10/2019 PhD Student in Political Psychology at the Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Self- 

Regulation Laboratory, Heidelberg University  

Peer-reviewed paper

Brandenstein, N. (2022). Going beyond simplicity: Using machine learning to predict belief in conspiracy theories. European Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 910-930.

Brandenstein, N., Gebauer, F., & Carbon, C. C. (2019). How do we perceive “aliens”? About the implicit processes underlying the perception of people with alien paraphernalia. Frontiers in Psychology , 10 , 1551.

Poster and conference presentations

Brandenstein, N (2020). Less than meets the eye? Assessing the predictive power of personal factors regarding belief in conspiracy theories with machine learning. Talk at the 24-hour of Political Psychology Conference, Hagen, Germany (17.01.2020).

Gebauer, F., Raab, M. H., Brandenstein, N., & Carbon, C. C. (2016). Red alert once again: How colors can reinforce political East vs. West thinking, Poster presentation at the 50th Conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fĂĽr Psychologie (DGPs), Leipzig, Germany (18.9.-22.9.2016).

Gebauer, F., Raab, M. H., Brandenstein, N., & Carbon, C. C. (2015). Imagine all the forces: The impact of threatening news coverage on the willingness for first-step military action in the Ukraine Crisis, Oral talk at the World Psychological Forum (WPF), Prague, Czech Republic (17.9.-20.9.2015). * Winner of the best poster award for Political Psychology

Gebauer, F., Raab, M. H., Brandenstein, N., & Carbon, C. C. (2015). Bellicistic press coverage and the willingness to initiate first-step military actions in the resurgence of the East vs. West conflict, Poster presentation at the 9th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fĂĽr Psychologie (DGPs), TĂĽbingen, Germany (9.9.-11.9.2015).


Brandenstein, N. & Carbon, C. C. (2020). Verurteilt auf den ersten Blick? Ăśber die HintergrĂĽnde und Macht des ersten Eindrucks . In-Mind Magazin: Psychologie fĂĽr Alle, Ausgabe 01/2020.

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