Dr. Marius Frenken


Seit 04/2018 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Abteilung Sozial- und Rechtspsychologie (Universität Mainz)

10/2017 – 03/2018 Lehrbeauftragter der Abteilung Allgemeine Experimentelle Psychologie (Universität Mainz)

10/2017 M.Sc. Psychologie (Universität Mainz)



Bachelorseminare "Aktuelle Themen der Sozialpsychologie"

Bachelorseminare "Ausgewählte Themen und praktische Anwendung der Rechtspsychologie"

Bachelorseminare "Rechtspsychologische Tätigkeitsfelder"



  • Verschwörungstheorien und Verschwörungsmentalität
  • politische und gesellschaftliche Einstellungen
  • Stereotype & Shooter Bias



Fachzeitschriftenartikel (peer-reviewed) 

Frenken, M., Reusch, A., & Imhoff, R. (2024). “Just Because It’s a Conspiracy Theory Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Out to Get You”: Differentiating the Correlates of Judgments of Plausible Versus Implausible Conspiracy Theories. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 19485506241240506. https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506241240506 [Accepted Manuscript] [Open Materials and Data]

Frenken, M., & Imhoff, R. (2023). Don’t trust anybody: Conspiracy mentality and the detection of facial trustworthiness cues. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 37(2), 256-265. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3955 (Open Access) [Open materials and data]

Frenken, M., Bilewicz, M., & Imhoff, R. (2023). On the relation between religiosity and the endorsement of conspiracy theories: The role of political orientation. Political Psychology, 44(1), 139-15. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12822 (Open Access) [Open materials and data]

Frenken, M., & Imhoff, R. (2022). Malevolent intentions and secret coordination. Dissecting cognitive processes in conspiracy beliefs via diffusion modeling. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 103, 104383. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2022.104383 [Accepted manuscript] [Open materials and data]

Imhoff, R., Bertlich, T., & Frenken, M. (2022). Tearing apart the “evil” twins: A general conspiracy mentality is not the same as specific conspiracy beliefs. Current Opinion in Psychology, 101349. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2022.101349 [Accepted manuscript]

Frenken, M., Hemmerich, W., Izydorczyk, D., Scharf, S., & Imhoff, R. (2022). Cognitive processes behind the shooter bias: Dissecting response bias, motor preparation and information accumulation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 98, 104230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2021.104230 [Accepted manuscript] [Open materials and data]

Frenken, M., & Imhoff, R. (2021). A uniform conspiracy mindset or differentiated reactions to specific conspiracy beliefs? Evidence from Latent Profile Analyses. International Review of Social Psychology, 34(1), 27. https://doi.org/10.5334/irsp.590 (Open Access) [Open materials and data]

Frenken, M., & Berti, S. (2018). Exploring the switching of the focus of attention within working memory: A combined event-related potential and behavioral study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 126C, 30-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2018.01.012 [Accepted manuscript] [Open materials and data]