Chair Holder

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Stahlberg

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Stahlberg
Professorship for Social Psychology
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 435
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue from 2:00 p.m.
  • Academic and professional background

    2006–2007 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Mannheim)
    2000–2004 Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Mannheim)
    1998–2000 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Mannheim)
    seit 1996 Professor for Social Psychology at the University of Mannheim
    1995–1996 Professor for Social Psychology at the University of Giessen
    1994 Habilitation: University of Kiel
    1989–1995 Academic assistant at the Institute of Psychology, University of Kiel
    1988–1989 Lecturer at the New School for Social Research, New York (USA)
    1988 Doctorate: Dr. rer. nat., University of Kiel
    1981–1988 Research assistant at the Institute of Psychology, University of Kiel
    1981 Diploma: Psychology, University of Kiel
  • Research projects and topics for final theses

    Gender stereotypes and leadership

    • Effects of masculine and feminine appearance
    • Failure-as-an-asset effects​​​​
    • Backlash effects on competent women and possible countermeasures (e. g. the role of humor)


    Language and perception of persons

    • Effects of accents and dialects on the perceptions of competence and warmth

    Self-control and risk perception (effects of ego-depletion)


    Effects of positive illusions vs. effects of self-compassion

    • Health (e. g. sleep quality)
    • Help behavior and social commitment
    • Experiencing current and former partnerships
  • Publications

    • Butz, S. & Stahlberg, D. (in press) Can self-compassion improve sleep quality via reduced rumination? Special issue “Self-compassion”. Self  and Identity.
    • Gebauer, J. E., Nehrlich, A. D., Stahlberg, D., Sedikides, C., Hackenschmidt, A., Schick, D., Stegmaier, C. A., Windfelder, C. C., Bruk, A. & Mander, J. (in press). Mind-body practices and the self: Yoga and meditation do not quiet the ego, but instead boost self-enhancement. Psychological Science.
    • Roessel, J., Schoel, C., & Stahlberg, D. (2017). Shedding new light on the evaluation of accented speakers – Basic mechanisms behind  nonnative listeners' evaluations of nonnative accented job candidates. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Manuscript accepted for publication.
    • Roessel, J., Schoel, C., & Stahlberg, D. (2018). What's in an accent? General spontaneous biases against nonnative accents – An investigation with conceptual and auditory IATs. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 535-550. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2339
    • Lis, S., Schaedler, A., Liebke, L., Hauschild, S., Thome, J., Schmahl, C., Stahlberg, D., Kleindienst, N., & Bohus, M. (2017). Borderline personality disorder features and sensitivity to injustice. Journal of Personality Disorders, Volume 31, 1-15: The Guilford Press.
    • Schindler, S., Reinhard, M.-A., Knab, M., & Stahlberg, D. (2016). The bicultural phenomenon: The interplay of group prototypicality and cultural identity switching. Social Psychology, 47, 233–243. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000276
    • Thielmann, I., Erdfelder, E., & Stahlberg, D. (2015). Now you see it, now you don't. Explaining inconsistent evidence on gender stereotyping of newborns. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45(6), 669-677. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2132.
    • Schoel, C., Stahlberg, D., & Sedikides, C. (2015). Psychological insecurity and leadership styles. In P. J. Carroll, R. M. Arkin, & A. Wichmann (Eds.), The handbook of personal security. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
    • Reinhard, M.-A., Schindler, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2014). The risk of male success and failure: How performance outcomes along with a high-status identity effect gender identification, risk behavior, and self-esteem. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17, 200–220. doi:10.1177/1368430213507319
    • Reinhard, M.-A., Schindler, S., Raabe, V., Stahlberg, D., & Messner, M. (2014). Less is sometimes more: How Repetition of an antismoking advertisement affects attitudes toward smoking and source credibility. Social Influence, 9, 116–132. doi:10.1080/15534510.2013.790839
    • Schindler, S., Reinhard, M.-A., Stahlberg, D., & Len, A. (2014). Quid pro quo: The effect of individuals' exchange orientation on prosocial behavior and the moderating role of mortality salience. Social Influence9, 242–254. doi: 10.1080/15534510.2013.815132
    • Schoel, C., Roessel, J., Jacobsen, A., & Stahlberg, D. (2014). Communication of stereotypes in the classroom: Biased language use of German and Turkish adolescents. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. doi:10.1111/jasp.12213
    • Schoel, C., Zimmer, K., & Stahlberg, D. (2014). The Spatial Power Motivation Scale – A semi-implicit measure of situational power motivation. Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2014.914524
    • Szücs, A., Schindler, S., Reinhard, M.-A., & Stahlberg, D. (2014). When being a bad friend doesn't hurt: The buffering function of gender typically against self-esteem threatening feedback. Swiss Journal of Social Psychology, 73, 97–103. doi:10.1024/1421-0185/a000128
    • Pohl, R. F., Erdfelder, E., Hilbig, B. E., Liebke, L., & Stahlberg, D. (2013). Effort reduction after self-control depletion: The role of cognitive resources in use of simple heuristics. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 267–276. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2012.758101
    • Reinhard, M.-A., Scharmach, M., & Stahlberg, D. (2013). Too exhausted to see the truth: Ego depletion and the ability to detect deception. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 618–630doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.2012.02113.x
    • Schindler, S., Reinhard, M.-A., & Stahlberg, D. (2013). Tit for tat in the face of death: The effect of mortality salience on reciprocal behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 87–92. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2012.06.002.
    • Schoel, C.*, Roessel, J.*, Eck, J., Janssen, J., Petrovic, B., Rothe, A., Rudert, S. C., & Stahlberg, D. (2013). Attitudes towards Languages (AtoL) scale: A global instrument. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32, 21–45. doi:10.1177/0261927X12457922
    • Schindler, S., Reinhard, M.-A., & Stahlberg, D. (2012). Mortality salience increases personal relevance of the norm of reciprocity. Psychological Reports, 111, 565–574. doi:10.2466/20.02.21.PR0.111.5.565-574
    • Schoel, C., Eck, J., Roessel, J., & Stahlberg, D. (2012). Spracheinstellungen aus sozialpsychologischer Perspektive I: Deutsch und Fremdsprachen. In L. Eichinger, A. Plewnia, C. Schoel & D. Stahlberg (Hrsg.), Sprache und Einstellungen. Spracheinstellungen aus sprachwissenschaftlicher und sozialpsychologischer Perspektive (S. 136–204). Tübingen: Narr.
    • Schoel, C., & Stahlberg, D. (2012). Spracheinstellungen aus sozialpsychologischer Perspektive II: Dialekte. In L. Eichinger, A. Plewnia, C. Schoel, & D. Stahlberg (Hrsg.), Sprache und Einstellungen. Spracheinstellungen aus sprachwissenschaftlicher und sozialpsychologischer Perspektive (S. 205–225). Tübingen: Narr.
    • Greifeneder, R., Müller, P., Stahlberg, D., van den Bos, K., & Bless, H. (2011). Beyond procedure’s content: The role of accessibility experiences and personal uncertainty in procedural justice judgments. Experimental Psychology, 58, 341–352. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000101
    • 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
    • Reinhard, M.-A., Schindler, S., Messner, M., Stahlberg, D., & Mucha, N. (2011). “I don't know anything about soccer”: How personal weaknesses and strengths guide inferences about women’s qualification in sex-typed jobs. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 70, 149–154. doi:10.1024/1421-0185/a000050
    • Schindler, S., Reinhard, M.-A., & Stahlberg, D. (2011). Repetition of educational AIDS advertising affects attitudes. Psychological Reports, 108, 693–698. doi:10.2466/01.13.PR0.108.3.693-698
    • Schoel, C., Bluemke, M., Mueller, P., & Stahlberg, D. (2011). When autocratic leaders become an option – Uncertainty and self-esteem predict implicit leadership preferences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101 , 521–540. doi: 10.1037/a0023393
    • Unger, A., & Stahlberg, D. (2011). Ego-depletion and risk-behavior: Too exhausted to take a risk. Social Psychology, 42, 28–38. doi: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000040
    • Müller, P. A., 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. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.632
    • Janssen, J., Schoel, C., & Stahlberg, D. (2010). Unsicherheit und Vertrauen: Eine sozialpsychologische Perspektive. In A. Kehnel (Ed.), Wirtschaft und Kultur im Gespräch: Kredit und Vertrauen (Band 2, S. 211–224). Frankfurt a. M.: Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch.
    • Eichinger, L. M., Gärtig, A.-K., Plewnia, A., Roessel, J., Rothe, A., Rudert, S., Schoel, C., Stahlberg, D., & Stickel, G. (2009). Aktuelle Spracheinstellungen in DeutschlandErste Ergebnisse einer bundesweiten Repräsentativumfrage. Mannheim: Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Universität Mannheim
    • Reinhard, M.-A., Stahlberg, D., & Messner, M. (2009). When failing feels good – Relative prototypicality for a high-status group can counteract ego-threat following individual failure. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 788–795.  doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2009.05.001
    • Stahlberg, D., Dickenberger, D., & Szillis, U. (2009). Geschlechterdiskriminierung. In A. Beelmann & K. J. Jonas (Hrsg.), Diskriminierung und Toleranz. Psychologische Grundlagen und Anwendungsperspektiven (S. 193–213). Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.
    • Reinhard, M.-A., Stahlberg, D., & Messner, M. (2008). Failure as an asset for high-status persons – Relative group performance and attributed occupational success. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 501–518.  doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2007.07.006
    • Schöl, C., Stahlberg, D., & Maass, A. (2008). Sprachverzerrungen im Intergruppenkontext. In L.-E. Petersen & B. Six (Hrsg.), Stereotype, Vorurteile und soziale Diskriminierung (S. 62–70). Weinheim, Basel: Beltz.
    • Müller, P. A., & Stahlberg, D. (2007). The role of surprise in hindsight bias: A metacognitive model of reduced and reversed hindsight bias. Social Cognition, 25, 1–24.  doi: 10.1521/soco.2007.25.1.165 
    • Stahlberg, D., Braun, F., Irmen, L., & Sczesny, S. (2007). Representation of the sexes in language. In A. W. Kruglanski & J. P. Forgas (Series Eds.)K. Fiedler (Vol. Ed.), Frontiers of Social Psychology: Vol. Social communication (pp. 163–187). New York: Psychology Press.
    • Szillis, U., & Stahlberg, D. (2007). The face-ism effect in the internet: Differences in facial prominence of women and men. International Journal of Internet Science, 2 (1), 3–11.
    • Greitemeyer, T., Fischer, P., Nürnberg, C., Frey, D., & Stahlberg, D. (2006). Psychologische Erfolgsfaktoren bei Unternehmenszusammenschlüssen: Der Zusammenhang von aktueller Übernahmeposition, Identifikation mit der Organisation, erlebter Kontrolle und subjektivem Wohlbefinden der Mitarbeiter/innen. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 1, 9–16.  doi: 10.1026/0932-4089.50.1.9
    • Petersen, L.-E., Stahlberg, D., & Frey, D. (2006). Das Selbstwertgefühl. In H. W. Bierhoff & D. Frey (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie (S. 40–48). Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Reinhard, M.-A., Stahlberg, D., & Petersen, L.-E. (2006). Selbstwahrnehmungstheorie. In H. W. Bierhoff & D. Frey (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie (S. 27–32). Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Sczesny, S., Spreemann, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2006). Masculine = competent? Physical appearance and sex as sources of gender-stereotypic attributions. Swiss Journal of Psychology 65, 15–23. doi: 10.1024/1421-0185.65.1.15
    • Braun, F., Sczesny, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2005). Cognitive effects of masculine generics in German: An overview of empirical findings. Communications, 30, 1–21.  doi: 10.1515/comm.2005.30.1.1
    • Kühnen, U., Sczesny, S., von Rennenkampff, A., & Stahlberg, D. (2005). Assets and drawbacks of a feminine or masculine appearance: How gender-stereotypes guide the perception of leadership. In Ö. Odag & A. Pershai (Eds.), Negotiating space for gender studies. Frameworks and applications (pp. 119–134). Frankfurt, Main: Lang.
    • Thau, S., Bennett, R. J., Stahlberg, D., & Werner, J. M. (2004). Why should I be generous when I have valued and accessible alternatives? Alternative exchange partners and OCB. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 25, 607–626.  doi: 10.1002/job.260
    • Pohl, R., Schwarz, S., Sczesny, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2003). Hindsight bias in gustatory judgments. Experimental Psychology, 50, 107–115.  doi: 10.1026//1618-3169.50.2.107
    • Schwarz, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2003). Strength of hindsight bias as a consequence of meta-cognitions. Memory, 11, 395–410.  doi: 10.1080/09658210244000496