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Prof. Dr. Herbert Bless

Prof. Dr. Herbert Bless
Professorship for Microsociology and Social Psychology
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 433
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
During the lecture period: Thu from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (pregristration necessary via secretary)
  • Publications

    • Igou, E.R., Blake, A.A., Bless, H. (in press). Just-World Beliefs Increase Helping Intentions via Meaning and Affect. Journal of Happiness Studies.
    • Ingenfeld, J., Wolbring, T., & Bless, H. (2019). Commuting and Life Satisfaction Revisited: Evidence on a Non-Linear Relationship. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20, 2677-2709.
    • Bless, H. & Granato, N. (2018). Small and Negligible: Evidence on the Relation Between Individuals' Power in the Job Situation and Their Satisfaction with Life and Job. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 40:6, 374-383, DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2018.1510779
    • Bruk, A., Scholl, S.G., & Bless, H. (2018)., Beautiful Mess Effect: Self-Other Differences in Evaluation of Showing Vulnerability. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 115, 192-205.
    • Greifeneder, R., Bless, H., & Fiedler, K. (2018), Social cognition: How individuals construct social reality. New York: Routledge.
    • Burger, A. M., & Bless, H. (2017). Cognitive consequences of formal clothing: The effects of clothing versus thinking of clothing. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology.
    • Engel, J. & Bless, H. (2017). The more negative the more impact: Evidence from nationally representative data on the relation between domain satisfactions and general life satisfaction. Social Psychology, 48, 148-159.
    • Butz, S., Kieslich, P. J., & Bless, H. (2017). Why are conservatives happier than liberals? Comparing different explanations based on system justification, multiple group membership, and positive adjustment. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 362-372.
    • Bless, H., & Burger, A. M. (2017)Mood and the regulation of mental abstraction. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 159-164.
    • Bless, H., & Burger, A. M. (2016)Assimilation and contrast in social priming. Current Opinion in Psychology, 12, 26-31.
    • Scholl, S. & Bless, H. (2016). Urteilsheuristiken [Judgmental heuristics]. In D. Frey & H.W. Bierhoff (Eds.). Enzyklopädie der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie, Band 1 Selbst und soziale Kognition [Encyclopaedia of Psychology: Social Psychology], S.387-407.Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Burger, A. M., & Bless, H. (2016). Stimmung und Informationsverarbeitung [Mood and Information Processing]. In D. Frey & H.-W. Bierhoff (Eds.). Enzyklopädie der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie, Band 2 Sozial Motive und soziale Einstellungen [Encyclopaedia of Psychology: Social Psychology], S.654-674. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Burger, A. M., & Bless, H. (2016). Affect and the weight of idealistic and pragmatic concerns in decision situations. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 323-340.
    • Bless, H., & Burger, A. M. (2016). A closer look at social psychologists' silver bullet: Inevitable and evitable side effects of the experimental approach. Perspectives on Psychological Science11, 296-308.
    • Scholl, S. G., Greifeneder, R. & Bless, H. (2014). When fluency signals truth: Prior successful reliance on fluency moderates the impact of fluency on truth judgments. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 268-280. Link
    • Greifeneder, R., Bless, H., & Scholl, S. G. (2013). About swift defaults and sophisticated safety nets: A process perspective on fluency’s validity in judgment. In C. Unkelbach & R. Greifeneder (Eds.), The experience of thinking (pp. 220-233). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
    • Greifeneder, R., Bless, H., & Pham, M. T. (2011). When do people rely on affective and cognitive feelings in judgment? A review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15, 107-141. doi:10.1177/1088868310367640. Lead article. Link
    • Greifeneder, R., Müller, P., Stahlberg, D., Van den Bos, K., & Bless, H. (2011). Beyond procedure''s content: Cognitive subjective experiences in procedural justice judgments. Experimental Psychology, 58, 341-352. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000101. Link
    • Greifeneder, R., Müller, P., Stahlberg, D., Van den Bos, K., & Bless, H. (2011). Guiding Trustful Behavior: The Role of Accessible Content and Accessibility Experiences. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 24: 498–514. doi: 10.1002/bdm.705
    • Keller, J., Bless, H., Blomann, F, & Kleinböhl, D. (2011). Physiological aspects of flow experiences: Skills-demand-compatibilitiy effects on heart rate variability and salivary cortisol. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 4, 849-852.
    • Müller, P., Greifeneder, R., Stahlberg, D., van den Bos, K. & Bless, H. (2010). Shaping Cooperation Behavior: The Role of Accessibility Experiences and Uncertainty. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 178-187.
    • Greifeneder, R., & Bless, H. (2010). The fate of activated information in impression formation: Fluency of concept activation moderates the emergence of assimilation versus contrast. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 405-414.
    • Bless, H. & Schwarz, N. (2010). Mental Construal and the Emergence of Assimilation and Contrast Effects: The Inclusion/Exclusion Model. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 319-373.
    • Greifeneder, R., Bless, H. & Wänke, M. (2009). Markentransfer: Erfolgs- und Misserfolgsfaktoren auf der Basis sozialpsychologischer Forschung. Wirtschaftspsychologie, 10, 40-52.
    • Igou, E.R., & Bless, H. (2009). On undesirable consequences of thinking: Framing effects as a function of substantive processing. Journal of Behaviroal Decision Making.
    • Bless, H., Keller, J., & Igou, E.R. (2009). Metacognition. In F. Strack & J.Förster (Eds.), Social Cognition – the Basis of Human Interaction (pp. 157-177).
    • Keller, J., & Bless, H. (2009). Predicting future affective states: How ease of retrieval and faith in intuition moderate the impact of activated content. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 467-476.
    • Keller, J., & Bless, H. (2008). Expectancy effects on cognitive test performance: Regulatory focus as a catalyst. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 187-212.
    • Keller, J., & Bless, H. (2008). Flow and regulatory compatibility: An experimental test of the flow model of intrinsic motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 196-209.
    • Greifeneder, R., & Bless, H. (2008). Availability. In W. Donsbach (Hrsg.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. 1, S. 279-281). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Bless, H. & Greifeneder, R. (2008). Brands and successful brand extensions: A social psychology perspective on economic questions. In M. Wänke (Hrsg.), The social psychology of consumer behaviour (109-130). New York: Psychology Press.
    • Greifeneder, R., & Bless, H. (2008). Depression and reliance on ease-of-retrieval experiences. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38(2), 213-230.
    • Koriat, A., Nussinson, R., Bless, H., & Shaked, N. (2008). Information-based and experience-based metacognitive judgments: Evidence from subjective confidence. In J. Dunlosky & R.A. Bjork (eds.), A Handbook.of Memory and Metamemory (pp. 117- 135). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2007). Stereotype Threat as the Consequence of Communicating Positive or Negative Group-Based Stereotypic Expectancies: Regulatory focus as a Crucial Moderator. In Y. Kashima, K. Fiedler, & P. Freytag (Eds.), Stereotype Dynamics: Language-Based Approaches to Stereotype Formation, Maintenance, and Transformation. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    • Greifeneder, R., Bless, H. & Kuschmann, T. (2007). Extending the brand image on new products: The facilitative effect of happy mood states. Journal of Consumer Behavior, 6, 19-31.
    • Greifeneder, R., & Bless, H. (2007). Relying on accessible content versus accessibility experiences: The case of processing capacity. Social Cognition, 25(6), 853-881.
    • Bless, H., Greifeneder, R., & Wänke, M. (2007). Marken als psychologische Kategorien: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer sozial-kognitiven Sichtweise. In A. Florack, M. Scarabis, & E. Primosch, (Eds.), Psychologie der Markenführung (pp. 31-40). München: Vahlen.
    • Schwarz, N., & Bless, H. (2007). Mental construal processes: The inclusion/exclusion model. In D. A. Stapel & J. Suls (Eds.), Assimilation and contrast in Social Psychology (pp. 119-141). New York: Psychology Press.
    • Igou, E.R., & Bless, H. (2007). Conversational expectations as a basis for order effects in persuasion. Journal of Language and Social Psychology26, 260-273.
    • Bless, H. & Greifeneder, R. (2007). Contrast effects. In R. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Hrsg.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (Vol. 1, S. 180-182). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Keller, J., & Bless, H. (2006). Regulatory fit and cognitive performance: The interactive effects of chronic and situationally induced self-regulatory mechanisms on test performance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 393-405.
    • Greifeneder, R. & Bless, H. (2006). Gedankenlosigkeit. In H.W. Bierhoff & D. Frey (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie (280-286). Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Bless, H., & Keller, J. (2006). Urteilsheuristiken. In H.W. Bierhoff & D. Frey (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie (294-300). Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Bless, H., & Igou, E.R. (2006). Stimmung und Informationsverarbeitung. In H.W. Bierhoff & D. Frey (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikations-psychologie (423-429). Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Bless, H., & Fiedler, K. (2006). Mood and the regulation of information processing and behavior. In J.P. Forgas, K.D. Williams & W. van Hippel (Eds.), Hearts and minds: Affective influences on social cognition and behavior (pp. 65-84). NE York: Psychology Press.
    • Wänke, M. & Bless, H. (2005). Einstellungsmessung in der Marktforschung. In D. Frey, L. von Rosenstiel & C. Graf Hoyos (Hrsg.), Wirtschaftspsychologie (Band II) (S. 60-65). Weinheim: Beltz-Verlag.
    • Keller, J., & Bless, H. (2005) When negative expectancies turn into negative performance: The role of ease of retrieval. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 535-541.
    • Igou, E. & Bless, H. (2005). The conversational basis for the dilution effect. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 24, 25-35.
    • Bless, H. & Wänke, M. (2005). Marken und Markenerweiterungen aus einer kognitionspsychologischen Perspektive. In D. Frey, L. von Rosenstiel & C. Graf Hoyos (Hrsg.), Wirtschaftspsychologie (Band II) (246-250). Weinheim: Beltz-Verlag.
    • Bless, H. & Igou, E.R. (2005). Mood and the use of general knowledge structures in judgment and decision making. In T.Betsch & S. Haberstroh (Eds.), The routines of decision making (193-210). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
    • Kemmelmeier, M., Bless, H. Schwarz, N., & Bohner, G. (2004). What research participants learn from rewards: A conversational logic analysis of rewarding reasoning performance. Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive/Current Psychology of Cognition, 22, 267-287.
    • Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2004). Evolutionary thought and psychological essentialism: The belief in genetic predispositions and its relationship to basic processes of social cognition. Journal of Culture and Evolutionary Psychology, 2, 123-141.
    • Bless, H., Fiedler, K., & Strack, F. (2004). Social Cognition: How individuals construct social reality. Philadelphia: Psychology Press.
    • Abele, S., Bless, H. & Ehrhart (2004). Social Information Processing in Strategic Decision-making: Why Timing Matters. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 92, 28-46.
    • Wänke, M., Bless, H. & Wortberg, S. (2003). Der Einfluss von “Karrierefrauen” auf das Frauenstereotyp: Moderatoren von Stereotypenänderung und Subtyping. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 34, 187-196.
    • Schwarz, N., Bless, H., Wänke, M. & Winkielman (2003). Accessibility revisited. In G.V. Bodenhausen & A.J. Lambert (Eds.), Foundations of Social Cognition: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert S. Wyer, Jr. (pp. 51.77). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    • Ruder, M. & Bless, H. (2003). Mood and the reliance on the ease of retrieval heuristic. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 20-32.
    • Igou, E.R. & Bless, H. (2003). Inferring the importance of arguments: Order effects and conversational rules. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 91–99
    • Florack, A., Bless, H. & Piontkowski, U. (2003). When people accept cultural diversity. Affect as determinant. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 27, 627-640.
    • Bless, H., Schwarz, N. & Wänke, M. (2003). The size of context effects in social judgments. In J.P. Forgas, K.D. Williams & W. van Hippel (Eds.), Responding to the social world: Implicit and explicit processes in social judgments (pp. 180-197). New York: Cambridge University Press.
    • Walther, E., Bless, H., Strack, F., Rackstraw, P., Wagner, D. & Werth., L. (2002). Conformity effects in memory as a function of group size, dissenters and uncertainty. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 16, 793-810.
    • Igou, E.R., Bless, H. & Schwarz, N. (2002). Repetition may decrease the informative function of response scales. Communications Monographs, 69, 179-187.
    • Bless, H. & Schwarz, N. (2002). Konzeptgesteuerte Informationsverarbeitung. In D. Frey & M. Irle (Hrsg.). Theorien der Sozialpsychologie, Bd. III (2. Auflage, S. 257-278). Bern: Huber.
    • Bless, H. & Igou, E.R. (2002). Die Rolle kognitiv verfügbarer Information bei der Eindrucksbildung. In Janetzko, D., Meyer, H.A. & Hildebrandt, M. (Hrsg.), Das Experimentalpsychologische Praktikum im Labor und WWW (pp.153-161). Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Bless, H. (2002). Where has the feeling gone? The signal function of affective states. Psychological Inquiry, 13, 28-31.
    • Igou, E.R., Bless, H. & Schwarz, N. (2002). Making sense of standardized survey questions: The influence of reference periods and their repetition. Communications Monographs, 69, 179-187.
    • Wänke, M., Bless, H. & Igou, E.R. (2001). Next to a star: Paling, shining, or both? Turning inter-exemplar contrast into inter-exemplar assimiliation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 14-29.
    • Florack, A., Scarabis, M. & Bless, H. (2001). Der Einfluß wahrgenommener Bedrohung auf die Nutzung automatischer Assoziationen bei der Personenbeurteilung. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 32, 249-259.
    • Florack, A., Scarabis, M. & Bless, H. (2001). When do associations matter? The use of automatic associations towards ethnic groups in person judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 518-524.
    • Fiedler, K. & Bless, H. (2001). Social cognition: The construction of social reality. In W. Stroebe, M. Hewstone & G. Stephenson (Eds.), Introduction to social psychology (4th edition, pp. 115-149). New York, NY: Springer.
    • Bless, H. & Wänke, M. (2001). Die Bedeutung von Marken aus der Perspektive menschlicher Informationsverarbeitung. Wirschaftspsychologie, 3, 28-34.
    • Bless, H., Strack, F. & Walther, E. (2001). Memory as a target of social influence? Memory distortions as a function of social influence and meta-cognitive knowledge. In J.P. Forgas, & K.D. Williams (Eds.), Social Influence: Direct and indirect processes (pp. 167-183). Philadelphia: Psychology Press.
    • Bless, H., Schwarz, N., Bodenhausen, G.V. & Thiel, L. (2001). Personalized versus generalized benefits of stereotype disconfirmation: Tradeoffs in the evaluation of atypical exemplars and their social groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 386-397.
    • Bless, H. (2001). The consequences of mood on the processing of social information. In A. Tesser & N. Schwarz (Eds.), Blackwell Handbook in Social Psychology (pp. 391-412). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers.
    • Bless, H. (2001). The relation between mood and the use of general knowledge structures. In L.L. Martin & G.L. Clore (Eds.), Mood and social cognition: Contrasting theories (pp. 9-29). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Wänke, M. & Bless, H. (2000). The effects of subjective ease of retrieval on attitudinal judgments: The moderating role of processing motivation. In In H. Bless & J.P. Forgas, (Eds), The message within: The role of subjective experience in social cognition and behavior (143-161). Philadelphia: Psychology Press.
    • Hertel, G. & Bless, H. (2000). ‘Online‘ und erinnerungsgestützte Urteilsbildung: Auslösefaktoren und empirische Unterscheidungsmöglichkeiten. Psychologische Rundschau, 51, 19-28.
    • Fiedler, K. & Bless, H. (2000). The formation of beliefs in the interface of affective and cognitive processes. In N. Frijda, A. Manstead & S. Bem (Eds.), The influence of emotions on beliefs (pp. 144-170). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Bless, H. & Wänke, M. (2000). Can the same information be typical and atypical? How perceived typicality moderates assimilation and contrast in evaluative jugdments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 306-314.
    • Bless, H. & Ruder, M. (2000). Informationsverarbeitung und Stimmung. In J. Otto, H. Euler & H. Mandl (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Emotionspsychologie (pp. 306-314). München: Psychologie Verlags Union.
    • Bless, H., Igou, E.R., Schwarz, N. & Wänke, M. (2000). Reducing context effects by adding context information: The direction and size of context effects in political judgment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1036-1045.
    • Bless, H. & Forgas, J.P. (2000), (Eds.). The message within. The role of subjective experience in social cognition and behavior. Philadelphia: Psychology Press.
    • Bless, H. & Forgas, J.P. (2000). The message within: Toward a social psychology of subjective experiences. In H. Bless & J.P. Forgas, (Eds), The message within: The role of subjective experience in social cognition and behavior (pp. 372 -392). Philadelphia: Psychology Press.
    • Bless, H., Bohner, G., Schwarz, N. & Strack, F. (2000). Mood and Persuasion: A cognitive response analysis. In G. Parrott (Ed.), Emotions in social psychology. Philadelphia. Psychology Press. [reprint of a manuscript published in 1990 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin]
    • Bless, H. (2000). The interplay of affect and cognition: The mediating role of general knowledge structures. In J.P. Forgas (Ed.), Feeling and thinking: Affective influences on social cognition (pp. 201-222). New York: Cambridge University Press.