Prof. Dr. Thomas Kessler

Full professor
Thomas Kessler Image: Lehrstuhl für Sozialpsychologie

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thomas.kessler@uni-jena.de

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+49 3641 9-45254

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+49 3641 9-45252

Open office hours
Mondays 10:00 to 11:30,
Lecture-free period: by appointment

Mail address
Institut für Psychologie
Lehrstuhl für Sozialpsychologie
Raum: 106
Humboldtstr. 26
07743 Jena

Research interests Show content
  • Minimal and maximal standards

  • Aculturation and relation between groups

  • Authoritarianism

Publications Show content
  • Proch, J., Elad-Strenger, J. & Kessler, T. (in press). Liberalism and conservatism, for a change!: Rethinking the association between political orientation and relation to societal change. Political Psychology.
  • Smeekes, A. N., Jetten, J., Verkuyten, M., Wohl, M.J.A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Ariyanto, A., Autin, F., Ayub, N., Badea, C., Besta, T., Butera, F., Costa-Lopes, R., Cui, L., Fantini, C., Finchilescu, G., Gaertner, L., Gollwitzer, M., Gómez, A., González, R., Hong, Y. Y., Jensen, D., Karasawa, M., Kessler, T., Klein, O., Lima, M., Renvik, T. A., Megevand, L., Morton, T., Paladino, P., Polya, T., Ruza, A., Shahrazad, W., Sharma, S., Teymoori, A., Torres, A. R., & van der Bles, A. M. (2018). Regaining in-group continuity in times of anxiety about the group’s future: A study on the role of collective nostalgia across 27 countries. Social Psychology,
  • Smith, H., Ryan, D. A., Jaurique, A., Pettigrew, T. F., Jetten, J., Ariyanto, A., Autin, F., Ayub, N., Badea, C., Besta, T., Butera, F., Costa-Lopes, R., Cui, L., Fantini, C., Finchilescu, G., Gaertner, L., Gollwitzer, M., Gomez, A., Gonzalez, R., Hong, Y.Y., Jenseni, D., Karasawa, M., Kessler, T., Klein, O., Lima, M., Renvik, T.A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Megevand, L., Morton, T., Paladino, P., & Polya, T. (2018). Cultural values moderate the impact of relative deprivation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 1-36.
  • Toader, A. F., & Kessler, T., (2018). Team mental models, goal orientations, and information elaboration determining creative performance. Creativity Research Journal.
  • Toader, A. F., & Kessler, T., (2018). Enhancing team learning transfer: Task variation and mental models divergence. Small Group Research, 1-31. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046496418786429
  • Hechler, S. & Kessler, T. (2018). Talking to others: The importance of responsibility attributions by observers. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, 26-27.
  • Hechler, S. & Kessler, T. (2018). On the difference between moral outrage and empathic anger: Anger about wrongful deeds or harmful consequences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 270-282.
  • Maaitah, W., Harth, N. S. & Kessler, T. (2018). Wie Wasser und Öl, wir mischen uns nicht: Eine sozialpsychologische Analyse sozialer Diskriminierung anhand von Aussagen geflüchteter Menschen in Deutschland. Die Flüchtlingsdebatte in Deutschland – Sozialpsychologische Perspektiven. Peter Lang Verlag: Berlin.
  • Nägler, L. & Kessler, T. (2018). Respekt schafft Verbündete, wo ansonsten Feinde wären. In S. Stürmer & A. Rohmann (Hrsg.), Die Flüchtlingsdebatte in Deutschland – Sozialpsychologische Perspektiven. Peter Lang Verlag: Berlin
  • Kessler, T. & Fritsche, I. (2017). Einführung in die Sozialpsychologie. Springer Verlag.
  • Kessler, T. & Obst, K. (2017). Kooperation und Wettbewerb in sozialen Dilemmas. In Bierhoff, H. W. & Frey, D (Eds.), Enzyklopädie Sozialpsychologie.
  • Hechler, S., Neyer, F. & Kessler, T. (2016). The infamos among us: Enhanced reputational memory for uncooperative ingroup members. Cognition, 157, 1-13.
  • Teymori, A., Jetten, J. Bastian, B., Ariyanto, A., Autin, F., Ayub, N., Badea, C., Besta, T., Butera, F., Costa-Lopes, R., Cui, L., Fantini, C., Finchilescu, G., Gaertner, L, Gollwitzer, M., Gómez, A., González, R., Hong, Y. Y., Jensen, D. H., Karasawa, M., Kessler, T., Klein, O., Lima, M., Mähönen, T. A., Megevand, L., Morton, T., Paladino, P., Polya, T., Ruza, A., Shahrazad, W., Sharma, S., Torres, A. R., van der Bles, A. M., & Wohl, M. (2016). Revisiting the Measurement of Anomie. PLOS.
  • Sassenberg, K., Moskowitz, G. B., Fetterman, A., Kessler, T. (2016). Priming Creativity as a Strategy to Increase Creative Performance by Facilitating the Activation and Use of Remote Associations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 68, 128-138.
  • Smith, H. J. & Kessler, T. (2016). Relative deprivation. Implications for behavior and health. (p.53-70). M Ruffert (Ed.). European Economy and People’s Mobility. Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, European Studies. Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen.
  • Seewald, D., Hechler, S., & Kessler, T. (2016). Divorcing the puzzles: When group identities foster in-group cooperation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 38.
  • Onu, D., Kessler, T., Smith, J. R., Andnovskia-Trajkovska, & Fritsche, I. (2016). Intergroup admiration: A positive response to upward comparisons for lower status groups. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 18, 210-224.
  • Onu, D., Kessler, T.. & Smith, J (2016). Admiration: A conceptual review of the knowns and unknowns. Emotion Review, 8, 218-230.
  • Kessler, T., Proch, J., Hechler, S. & Nägler, L. A. (2015). Political diversity versus stimuli diversity: Alternative ways to improve social psychological science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 30-31.
  • Onu, D., Smith, J. & Kessler, T. (2015). Intergroup emulation: an improvement strategy for lower-status groups. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 18, 210-224.
  • Martiny, S. E., & Kessler, T. (2014). Managing one’s social identity: Successful and unsuccessful identity management. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 748-757.
  • Kessler, T., Harth, N. S., & Nägler, L. (2014). Prejudice and extremism: Explanations based on ingroup projection, perspective divergence, and minimal standards. Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik, 9, 427-434.
  • Kessler, T. & Cohrs, J. C. (in press). Evolution of authoritarian processes. In F. Funke, T. Petzel, C. Cohrs, and J. Duckitt (Eds.), Perspectives on Authoritarianism. VS Verlag.
  • Zagefka, H., Binder, J., Brown, R., Funke, F., Kessler, T., Mummendey, A., Demoulin, S., Leyens, J. P., & Maquil, A. (2014). The Relationship between Acculturation Preferences and Prejudice: Longitudinal Evidence from Majority and Minority Groups in Three European Countries. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 578-589.
  • Steffens, N., Haslam, S. A., Ryan, M. & Kessler, T. (2014).Leader performance and prototypicality: Their inter-relationship and impact on identity entrepreneurship. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 606-613.
  • Harth, N. S., Leach, C. W. & Kessler, T. (2013). Guilt, anger, and pride about in-group environmental behavior: Different emotions predict distinct intentions. Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • Cohrs, J. C. & Kessler, T. (2013). Negative stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. In A. Golec de Zavala & A. Cichocka (Eds.), Social psychology of social problems (pp.3-29). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Berthold, A., Mummendey, A., Kessler, T., Lücke, B. & Schubert, T. (2012). When different means bad or merely worse. How minimal and maximal goals affect ingroup projection and outgroup attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Gniewosz, B., Noack, P., & Kessler, T. (2012). A Time to Make (and Lose) Friends: Effects of the Soccer World Cup Semifinal on German Adolescents’ Attitudes towards Foreigners. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • Fritsche, I., Cohrs, J. C., Kessler, T. & Bauer, J. (2011). Global warming is breeding social conflict: The subtle impact of climate change threat on authoritarian tendencies. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1-10.
  • Fritsche, I., Jonas, E. & Kessler, T. (2011). Collective Reactions to Threat: Implications for Intergroup Conflict and for Solving Societal Crises. Social Issues and Policy Review, 5, 101-136
  • Kessler, T. & Fritsche, I. (2011). Ethnocentrism. In D. J. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Martiny, S. E., Kessler, T., & Vignoles, V. L. (2011). Shall I Leave or Shall We Fight? Effects of Threatened Group-Based Self-Esteem on Identity Management Strategies. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 1-17.
  • Kessler, T., Neumann, J., Mummendey, A., Berthold, A., Schubert, T. & Waldzus, S. (2010). How do we assign punishment? The impact of minimal and maximal standards on the evaluation of deviants. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1213-1224.
  • Gonzalez, R., Sirlopu, D., & Kessler, T. (2010). Prejudice among Peruvians and Chileans as a function of identity, intergroup contact, acculturation preferences and intergroup emotions. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 803-824.
  • Geschke, D., Mummendey, A., Kessler, T., & Funke, F. (2010). Majority members’ acculturation goals as predictors and effects of attitudes and behaviours towards migrants. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 489-506.
  • Kessler, T., Mummendey, A., Funke, F., Brown, R., Binder, J., Zagefka, H., Leyens, J. P., Demoulin, S., & Maquil, A. (2010). We all live in Germany, but … Ingroup projection, intergroup emotions, and prejudice against immigrants. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 985-997.
  • Kessler, T. & Harth, N. S. (2009). Change in intergroup relations: Psychological processes accompanying, determining, and determined by social change. In S. Otten, K. Sassenberg, & T. Kessler (Eds.) (2009). Intergroup relations. The role of motivation and emotion (pp. 243-260). Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Otten, S., Sassenberg, K., & Kessler, T. (Eds.) (2009). Intergroup relations. The role of motivation and emotion. Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Kessler, T. & Mummendey, A. (2009). Why do they not perceive us as they should? Perspective divergence and ingroup projection. In S. Demoulin, J.-P. Leyens, & J. F. Dovidio (Eds.), Intergroup misunderstandings: Impact of divergent social realities. Psychology Press.
  • Fritsche, I., Kessler, T., Mummendey, A. & Neumann, J. (2009). Minimal and maximal goal orientation and reactions to norm violation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 3-21.
  • Volz, K. G., Kessler, T., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2009). In-group as part of the self: In-group favoritism is mediated by medial prefrontal cortex activation. Social Neuroscience, 4, 244-260.
  • Binder, J., Zagefka, H., Brown, R., Funke, F., Kessler, T., Mummendey, A., Demoulin, S., Leyens, J. P., & Maquil, A. (2009). Does contact reduce prejudice or does prejudice reduce contact? A longitudinal test of the contact hypothesis in three European Countries. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 843-856.
  • Frische, I. & Kessler, T. (2008). Die Theorie des realistischen Gruppenkonflikts. In L.E. Peterson & B. Six (Hrsg), Stereotype, Vorurteile und soziale Diskriminierung. Theorien, Befunde und Interventionen.
  • Kessler, T. & Harth, N. (2008). Die Theorie der relativen Deprivation. In L.E. Peterson & B. Six (Hrsg), Stereotype, Vorurteile und soziale Diskriminierung. Theorien, Befunde und Interventionen.
  • Kessler, T. & Mummendey, A. (2008). Prejudice and intergroup relations. In M. Hewstone, W. Stroebe, & K. Jonas (Eds.), Introduction to Social Psychology. A European Perspective (chapter 14, pp. 290-314). Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Mummendey, A., & Kessler, T. (2008). Akzeptanz oder Ablehnung von Andersartigkeit Die Beziehung zwischen Zuwanderern und Einheimischen aus einer sozialpsychologische Perspektive. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 48, 513-528.
  • Kessler, T. & Cohrs, J. C. (2008). The evolution of authoritarian processes: How to commit group members to group norms. Group Dynamics Theory, Research, and Practice, 12, 73-84.
  • Smith, H. J., Cronin, T., & Kessler, T. (2008). Anger, Fear or Sadness: Faculty Members’ Emotional Reactions to Collective Pay Disadvantage. Political Psychology, 29, 221-246.
  • Haslam, S. A., Salvatore, J., Kessler, T., & Reicher, S. D. (2008). The social psychology of success. Scientific American Mind, April/May, 24-31.
  • Harth, N., Kessler, T. & Leach, C. W. (2008). Advantaged Group’s Emotional Reactions To Inter-Group Inequality: The Dynamics of Pride, Guilt, and Sympathy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 115-129.
  • Kessler, T. & Mummendey, A. (2007). Vorurteile und die Beziehung zwischen sozialen Gruppen. M. Hewstone, W. Stroebe, & K. Jonas (Eds.), Sozialpsychologie. Eine Einführung (Kap. 14, S. 487-531). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Schütte, K. & Kessler, T. (2007). Emotions in negative intergroup relations: An affective route to outgroup derogation. In Steffgen, G. & Gollwitzer, M. (Eds), Emotions and Aggressive Behaviour (pp. 149-163). Goettingen: Hogrefe.
  • Kessler, T. & Hollbach, S. (2005). Group Based Emotion as Determinants of Ingroup Identification. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 677-685.
  • Smith, H. & Kessler, T. (2004). Group based emotions and intergroup behavior: The case of relative deprivation. In L. Tiedens & C. W. Leach (Eds.), The social life of emotions. Cambridge University Press.
  • Kessler, T. (2003). Wie kann man sich gleichzeitig benachteiligt und nicht benachteiligt fühlen? Untersuchungen zur Person-Gruppe Diskrepanz sozialer Diskriminierung. In Kirchhöfer, D., Merkens, H. & Schmidt, F. (Hrsg.), Jugendforschung aktuell. Band 7. Schneider Verlag: Hohengehren.
  • Sassenberg, K., Kessler, T. & Mummendey, A. (2003). Less negative = more positive? Social discrimination as avoidance and approach. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 48-58.
  • Kessler, T. & Mummendey, A. (2002). Sequential or parallel processes? A longitudinal field study concerning determinants of identity management strategies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 75-88.
  • Kessler, T. & Mummendey, A. (2001). Is there any scapegoat around? Determinants of intergroup conflict at different categorization levels. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 1090-1102.
  • Mummendey, A. & Kessler, T. (2000). Deutsch–deutsche Fusion und sozial Identität: Sozialpsychologische Perspektiven auf das Verhältnis von Ost- zu Westdeutschen. In H. Esser (Hrsg.), Der Wandel nach der Wende. Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik in Ostdeutschland (S. 277-307). Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Mummendey, A., Otten, S., Berger, U. & Kessler, T. (2000). Positive-negative asymmetry in social discrimination: Valence of evaluation and salience of categorization. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1258-1270.
  • Kessler, T., Mummendey, A. & Leisse, U.-K. (2000). The Personal-Group Discrepancy: Is there a common information basis of personal and group judgment? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 95-109.
  • Lohaus, A. Schumann-Hengsteler, R. & Kessler, T. (1999). Räumliches Denken im Kindesalter [Spacial cognition in childhood]. Hogrefe.
  • Mummendey, A., Kessler, T., Klink, A. & Mielke, R. (1999). Strategies to cope with negative social identity: Predictions by Social Identity Theory and Relative Deprivation Theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 229-245.
  • Thomas, H., Lohaus, A. & Kessler, T. (1999). Stability and change in water-level performance. Developmental Psychology, 35, 1024-1037.
  • Schumacher, A., Kessler, T., Büchner, T, Wewers, D. & van de Loo, J. (1998). Quality of life in adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia receiving intensive and prolonged chemotherapy – a longitudinal study. Leukemia, 12, 586 – 592.
  • Schumacher, A., Kessler, T., Riedel, A. & Büchner, T. (1996). Lebensqualität und Krankheitsverarbeitung bei Patienten mit akuter myeloischer Leukämie [Quality of life and coping in patients with acute myeloid leukemia]. Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie, 46, 385-390.
  • Lohaus, A., Thomas, H. & Kessler, T. (1996). Decomposing water-level responses: Field effects as separate influences. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 63, 79-102.
  • Lohaus, A. & Kessler, T. (1996). Zum Zusammenhang zwischen Lösungsverhalten und verbalisiertem Verständnis des Lösungsprinzips bei der Wasserspiegelaufgabe. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 4, 373-390.
  • Lohaus, A., Kessler, T., Thomas, H. & Gediga, G. (1994). Individuelle Unterschiede bei räumlichen Fähigkeiten im Kindesalter [Individual differences in spacial abilities in childhood]. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 4, 373-390.
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Full professor sind 08/2010.

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