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Prof. Dr. Mario Gollwitzer

Email: mario.gollwitzer[AT]
Phone: ++49(0)6421-28-23669
Office: 01.058

Department of Psychology
Psychological Methods
Gutenbergstrasse 18
D-35032 Marburg


Academic Education and Positions

  • 2000: Diploma in Psychology (University of Trier, Germany)
  • 2000-2005: Postgraduate research assistant, University of Trier, Department of Psychology (Social Psychology)
  • 2004: Ph.D. in Psychology (University of Trier, Germany)
  • 2005-2010: Associate Professor of Methodology and Evaluation, University of Koblenz-Landau; Department of Psychology, Co-Director of the "Center for Methods, Assessment, and Evaluation" at the University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2009: Visiting Professor, Humboldt-University Berlin, Department of Psychology (Methodology and Statistics)
  • since April 2010: Full Professor of Psychological Methodology, Philipps University Marburg
  • 2012: Visiting Professor, Princeton University, Department of Psychology
  • since December 2012: Full Professor of Methodology and Social Psychology, Philipps University Marburg


Editorial Services

Memberships in Scientific Societies



  • Psychological Methods
  • Statistics
  • Evaluation Research



  • Teaching Excellence Award 2005 of the Federate State of Rhineland-Palatine
  • Teaching Excellence Award 2008 of the Federate State of Rhineland-Palatine


 Research Interests

  • Social psychological research on retributive justice (including revenge and punishment)
  • Individual differences in "justice sensitivity" and their relation to moral reasoning and moral behavior
  • Effects of violent video games on cognition, emotion, and behavior
  • Effects and efficiencies of aggression prevention and social skills trainings among children and adolescents
  • Science communication


Research Projects




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  • Eid, M., Gollwitzer, M., & Schmitt, M. (2015). Statistik und Forschungsmethoden [Statistics and Research Methods] (4th ed.). Weinheim: Beltz.
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Jäger, R. S. (2014). Evaluation kompakt [Evaluation compact] (2nd ed.). Weinheim: Beltz.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Lotz, S., Schlösser, T., & Streicher, B. (Eds.) (2013). Soziale Gerechtigkeit: Was unsere Gesellschaft aus den Erkenntnissen der Gerechtigkeitspsychologie lernen kann [Social Justice: What Society can Learn from a Psychology of Justice]. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Schmitt, M. (2009). Sozialpsychologie kompakt [Social Psychology compact]. Weinheim: Beltz.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Pfetsch, J., Schneider, V., Schulz, A., Steffke, T., & Ulrich, C. (Eds.) (2007). Gewaltprävention bei Kindern und Jugendlichen [Violence Prevention for Children and Adolescents]. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Steffgen, G., & Gollwitzer, M. (Eds.) (2007). Emotions and aggressive behavior. Göttingen: Hogrefe & Huber.


Selected peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Gollwitzer, M., Braun, J., Funk, F., & Süssenbach, P. (in press). People as intuitive retaliators: Spontaneous and deliberate reactions to observed retaliation. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Süssenbach, P., & Hannuschke, M. (2015). Victimization experiences and the stabilization of victim sensitivity. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:439.
  • Sjöström, A., & Gollwitzer, M. (2015). Displaced revenge: Can revenge taste “sweet” if it aims at a different target? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 191-202.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Christ, O., & Lemmer, G. (2014). Individual differences make a difference: On the use and the psychometric properties of difference scores in social psychology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 673-682 (Special Issue "Methods and statistics in social psychology: Refinements and new developments")
  • Funk, F., McGeer, V., & Gollwitzer, M. (2014). Get the message: Punishment is satisfying if the transgressor responds to its communicative intent. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 986-997.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Skitka, L. J., Wisneski, D., Sjöström, A., Liberman, P., Nazir, S. J., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). Vicarious revenge and the death of Osama bin Laden. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 604-616.
  • Nauroth, P., Gollwitzer, M., Bender, J., & Rothmund, T. (2014). Gamers against science: The case of the violent video games debate. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 104-116.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., & Süssenbach, P. (2013). The Sensitivity to Mean Intentions (SeMI) model: Basic assumptions, recent findings, and potential avenues for future research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 415-426.
  • Gollwitzer, M., & Melzer, A. (2012). Macbeth and the joystick: Evidence for moral cleansing after playing a violent video game. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1356-1360.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., Alt, B., & Jekel, M. (2012). Victim sensitivity and the accuracy of social judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 975-984.


Selected book chapters:

  • Gollwitzer, M., & van Prooijen, J.-W. (2016). Psychology of justice. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of social justice theory and research (pp. 61-82). New York: Springer.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Keller, L., & Braun, J. (2012). Retributive punishment in a social context. In E. Kals & J. Maes (Eds.), Justice and conflicts: Theoretical and empirical contributions (pp. 169-196). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Gollwitzer, M. (2011). Latent-Class-Analysis. In H. Moosbrugger & A. Kelava (Hrsg.), Testtheorie und Fragebogenkonstruktion (2. Aufl., S. 279-306). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Gollwitzer, M. (2009). Justice and revenge. In M. E. Oswald, S. Bieneck & J. Hupfeld-Heinemann (Eds.), Social psychology of punishment of crime (pp. 137-156). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Gollwitzer, M. & Rothmund, T. (2009). When the need to trust results in unethical behavior: The Sensitivity to Mean Intentions (SeMI) model. In D. De Cremer (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on ethical behavior and decision making (pp. 135-152). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

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