Prof. Dr. Roland Imhoff



Seit 10/2015

Inhaber der Professur Sozial- und Rechtspsychologie (W2) am Psychologischen Institut der Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

09/2012 – 09/2015

Juniorprofessor (W1) für Sozialpsychologie: Social Cognition am Department Psychologie der Universität zu Köln

04/2010 – 08/2012

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Abteilung Sozial- und Rechtspsychologie am Institut für Psychologie der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn

10/2006 - 3/2010

Promotionsstipendiat des Evangelischen Studienwerks Villigst e.V. und wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft der Abteilung Sozial- und Rechtspsychologie am Institut für Psychologie der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn


Diplom in Psychologie



  • Verschwörungsmentalität
  • Datengetriebene Ansätze zur inhaltlichen Beschreibung von Stereotypen
  • Vorurteile, Stigmatisierung und Labelling-Effekte
  • Repräsentationen von Geschichte und Intergruppenbeziehungen
  • Implicit Social Cognition
  • Automatische Prozesse sexuellen Interesses


Eingeworbene Drittmittel

  • DFG-Sachmittelbeihilfe “Sekundärer Antisemitismus – zugrundeliegende psychologische Prozesse” (IM 147/1-1) (€ 120,600)
  • German-Israeli Foundation Forschungsförderung “Seventy Years Later: Historical Representations of the Holocaust and their Effects on German-Israeli Relations” (I-1218-358.4/2012) – (€165,000) – mit Gilad Hirschberger und Katja Hanke
  • Universität zu Köln Advanced Postdoc Grant: “Content and Application of Fundamental Stereotype Dimensions” (€ 169,260)
  • DFG-Sachmittelbeihilfe “Taking a Measure of Comparative Thinking” (IM 147/3-1) (€ 139,800) im Rahmen der Forschergruppe “Relativity in Social Cognition: Antecedents and Consequences of Comparative Thinking” (FOR 2150) - mit Ron Dotsch und Daniël Wigboldus




Fachzeitschriftenartikel (peer-reviewed)

Imhoff, R., Banse, R., & Schmidt, A. F. S. (in press). Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Sexual Motivation. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Imhoff, R. & Lamberty, P. (in press). Too special to be duped: Need for uniqueness motivates conspiracy beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Bilewicz, M., Witkowska, M., Stefaniak, A., & Imhoff, R. (in press). The lay historian explains intergroup behavior: Identification and epistemic abilities as correlates of ethnocentric historical attributions. Memory Studies.

Imhoff, R. & Koch, A. (in press). How orthogonal are the Big Two of social perception? On the curvilinear relation between agency and communion. Perspectives in Psychological Science.

Imhoff, R., Bilewicz, M., Hanke, K., Kahn, D. T., Henkel-Guembel, N., Halabi, S., Shani-Sherman, T., & Hirschberger, G. (in press). Explaining the inexplicable: Differences in attributions to the Holocaust in Germany, Israel and Poland. Political Psychology.

Koch, A.*, Imhoff, R.*, Dotsch, R., Unkelbach, C., & Alves, H. (2016). The ABC of stereotypes about groups: Agency / socio-economic success, conservative-progressive Beliefs, and Communion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 675–709.
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Imhoff, R. (2016). Zeroing in on the effect of the schizophrenia label on stigmatizing attitudes: A large scale study. Schizophrenia Bulletin,42, 456-463.

Lammers, J., & Imhoff, R. (2016). Power and sadomasochism: Understanding the antecedents of a knotty relationship. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 142-148.

Bergen, E., Ahto, A., Schulz, A., Imhoff, R., Antfolk, J., Schuhmann, P., Alanko, K., Santtila, P., & Jern, P. (2015). Adult-adult and adult-child/adolescent online sexual interactions: An exploratory self-report study on the role of situational factors. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 1006-1016.

Schmidt, A. F., Zimmermann, P. S., Banse, R., & Imhoff, R. (2015). Ego depletion moderates the influence of automatic and controlled precursors of reactive aggression: A double dissociation. Social Psychology, 46, 132-141.

Heser, K., Imhoff, R., & Banse, R. (2015). Affiliation or power: What motivates behavior on social networking sites? Swiss Journal of Psychology, 74, 37-47.

Imhoff, R. (2015). Punitive attitudes against pedophiles or persons with sexual interest in children: Does the label matter? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 35-44.

Jahnke, S., Imhoff, R., & Hoyer, J. (2015). Stigmatization of people with pedophilia: Two comparative surveys. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 21-34.

Imhoff, R., Schmidt, A. F., & Gerstenberg, F. (2014). Exploring the Interplay of Trait Self-Control and Ego Depletion: Empirical Evidence for Ironic Effects. European Journal of Personality, 28, 413-424.

Imhoff, R., & Bruder, M. (2014). Speaking (Un-)Truth to Power: Conspiracy Mentality as a Generalized Political Attitude. European Journal of Personality, 28, 25-43.

Larue, D., Schmidt, A. F., Imhoff, R., Eggers, K., Schönbrodt, F. D., & Banse, R. (2014). Validation of direct and indirect measures of preference for sexual violence. Psychological Assessment, 26, 1173-1183.

Imhoff, R., & Schmidt, A. F. (2014). Sexual disinhibition under sexual arousal: Evidence for domain specificity in men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1123-1136.

Imhoff, R., & Dotsch, R. (2013). Do we look like me or like us? Visual projection as self- or ingroup-projection. Social Cognition, 31, 806-816.

Gerstenberg, F. X. R., Imhoff, R., Banse, R., & Schmitt, M. (2014). Discrepancies between implicit and explicit self-concepts of intelligence: relations to modesty, narcissism, and achievement motivation. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:85.

Imhoff, R., Woelki, J., Hanke, S., & Dotsch, R. (2013). Warmth and competence in your face! Visual encoding of stereotype content. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:386.

Imhoff, R., Bergmann, X., Banse, R., & Schmidt, A. F. (2013). Exploring the Automatic Undercurrents of Sexual Narcissism: Individual Differences in the Sex-Aggression-Link. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 1033-1041.

Gerstenberg, F., Imhoff, R., Banse, R., Altstötter-Gleich, C., Zinkernagel, A., & Schmitt, M. (2013). How Implicit-Explicit Consistency of the Intelligence Self-Concept Moderates Reactions to Performance Feedback. European Journal of Personality, 27, 238-255.

Bruder, M., Haffke, P., Neave, N., Nouripanah, N., & Imhoff, R. (2013). Measuring individual differences in generic beliefs in conspiracy theories across cultures: conspiracy mentality questionnaire. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:225.

Imhoff, R., Wohl, M., Erb, H.-P. (2013). When the past is far from dead: How ongoing consequences of genocides committed by the ingroup impact collective guilt. Journal of Social Issues, 69, 74-91.

Banse, R., Imhoff, R., Steffens, M., Schramm, N., Rösch, A., Robert, M., & Stangier, U. (2013). Partner-AMP and well-being: Evidence for an implicit secure base script? Personal Relationships, 20, 140-154.

Gerstenberg, F. X. R., Imhoff, R., & Schmitt, M. (2012). "Women are bad at math, but I’m not, am I?” Narcissistic Mathematical Self-Concept Predicts Vulnerability to Stereotype Threat Effect on Mathematical Performance. European Journal of Personality, 26, 588-599.

Imhoff, R., & Recker, J. (2012). Differentiating Islamophobia: Introducing a new scale to measure Islamoprejudice and Secular Islam Critique. Political Psychology, 33, 811-824.

Imhoff, R., Schmidt, A. F., Weiß, S., Young, A. W., & Banse, R. (2012). Vicarious Viewing Time: Prolonged response latencies for sexually attractive targets as a function of task- or stimulus-specific processing. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 1389-1401.

Imhoff, R., Bilewicz, M., & Erb, H.-P. (2012). Collective Guilt versus Collective Regret. Different emotional reactions to ingroup atrocities. European Journal for Social Psychology, 42, 729-742.

Blaison, C., Imhoff, R., Hess, U., & Banse, R. (2012). The affect misattribution procedure: Hot or not? Emotion, 12, 403-412.

Dislich, F. X. R., Imhoff, R., Banse, R., Altstötter-Gleich, C., Zinkernagel, A., & Schmitt, M. (2012). Am I smart or not? Discrepancies between the implicit and the explicit self-concept of intelligence predict IQ test performance. European Journal of Personality, 26, 212-220.

Imhoff, R.*, Dotsch, R.*, Bianchi, M., Banse, R., & Wigboldus, D. (2011). Facing Europe: Visualizing spontaneous ingroup projection. Psychological Science, 22, 1583-1590.
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Imhoff, R., & Banse, R. (2011). Implicit and explicit attitudes towards ex-partners differentially predict breakup adjustment. Personal Relationships, 18, 427-438.

Imhoff, R., Schmidt, A. F., Bernhardt, J., Dierksmeier, A., & Banse, R. (2011). An inkblot for sexual preference: A semantic variant of the Affect Misattribution Procedure. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 676-690.

Bilewicz, M.*, Imhoff, R.*, & Drogosz, M. (2011). The humanity of what we eat. Conceptions of human uniqueness among vegetarians and omnivores. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 201-209.
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Imhoff, R., Schmidt, A. F., Nordsiek, U., Luzar, C., Young, A. W. & Banse, R. (2010). Viewing Time revisited: Prolonged response latencies for sexually attractive targets under restricted conditions. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 1275-1288.

Imhoff, R. (2010). Zwei Formen des modernen Antisemitismus? Eine Skala zur Messung primären und sekundären Antisemitismus [Two forms of modern anti-Semitism? A scale for the measurement of primary and secondary ant-Semitism]. Conflict and Communication Online, 9.

Imhoff, R., & Banse, R. (2009) Ongoing victim suffering increases prejudice: The case of secondary antisemitism. Psychological Science, 20, 1443-1447.

Imhoff, R., & Erb, H.-P. (2009). What motivates nonconformity? Uniqueness Seeking blocks Majority Influence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 309-320.



Banse, R., Schmidt, A. F., & Imhoff, R. (in press). Aggression from the perspective of the Reflective-Impulsive Model: Testing predictions using indirect measures. In R. Deutsch, B. Gawronski, & W. Hoffmann (Eds.). Reflective and impulsive determinants of human behavior. New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Imhoff, R. (2015). Beyond (right-wing) authoritarianism: Conspiracy mentality as an incremental predictor of prejudice. In. M. Bilewicz, A. Cichocka, & W. Soral (Eds.) The Psychology of Conspiracy (pp. 122-141).London: Routledge.

Schmidt, A. F., Banse, R., & Imhoff, R. (2015). Indirect measures in forensic contexts. In F. J. R. van de Vijver & T. Ortner (Eds.), Behavior Based Assessment in Personality, Social, and Applied Psychology (pp. 173-194). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Imhoff, R. (2013). Fragebogen zur Erfassung von Verschwörungsmentalität – Kurzform. In C. J. Kemper, E. Brähler, & M. Zenger (Hrsg.), Psychologische und sozialwissenschaftliche Kurzskalen (pp. 334-336). Berlin: Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.

Imhoff, R. (2013). Skala zur Erfassung von Vorurteilen gegenüber dem Islam und säkularer Kritik am Islam - Kurzform. In C. J. Kemper, E. Brähler, & M. Zenger (Hrsg.), Psychologische und sozialwissenschaftliche Kurzskalen (pp. 279-282). Berlin: Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.

Imhoff, R. (2013). Skala zur Messung von primärem und sekundärem Antisemitismus – Kurzform. In C. J. Kemper, E. Brähler, & M. Zenger (Hrsg.), Psychologische und sozialwissenschaftliche Kurzskalen (pp. 220-223). Berlin: Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.

Banse, R., & Imhoff, R. (2013). Implicit cognition and relationship processes. In J. A. Simpson and L. Campbell (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships (pp. 475-499). Oxford University Press.

Imhoff, R., & Decker, O. (2013). Verschwörungsmentalität als Weltbild. In: O. Decker, J. Kiess & E. Brähler (Hrsg.), Rechtsextremismus der Mitte (S. 130-145). Wiesbaden: Psychosozial Verlag.

Imhoff, R. (2009). Holocaust at the table - Experiences from seven years of "German-Israeli Exchange". In C. Misselwitz, & C. Siebeck (Eds.) Dissonant Memories - Fragmented Present. Exchanging young discourses between Israel and Germany (pp. 35-43). Bielefeld: transcript.


Imhoff, R. (2010). The Dynamics of Collective Guilt Three Generations after the Holocaust: Young Germans' Emotional Experiences in Response to the Nazi Past. Hamburg: Kovac.

Imhoff, R. (2006). Attraktivität von Minderheitenmeinungen. Saarbrücken: VDM.