in press

Pfattheicher, S., Böhm, R., & Kesberg, R. (in press). The advantage of democratic peer punishment in sustaining cooperation within groups. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

Geiger, S. & Keller, J. (in press). Shopping for clothes and sensitivity for the suffering ofothers: The role of compassion and values in sustainable fashion consumption. Environment & Behavior.

Schnuerch R. & Pfattheicher, S. (in press). Motivated malleability: Frontal cortical asymmetry predicts the susceptibility to social influence. Social Neuroscience.

Steinmetz, J. & Pfattheicher, S. (in press). Beyond social facilitation: A review of the far-reaching effects of social attention. Social Cognition.

Pfattheicher, S. & Keller, J. (in press). A motivational perspective on punishment in social dilemmas. European Review of Social Psychology.

Keller, J. & Kesberg, R. (in press). Regulatory focus and human values. Psihologija.

Pfattheicher, S., Geiger, M., Hartung, J., Weiß, S., & Schindler, S. (in press). Old wine in new bottles? The case of self-compassion and neuroticism. European Journal of Personality.

Pfattheicher, S. & Böhm, R. (in press). Honesty-Humility under threat: Self-uncertainty destroys trust among the nice guys. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Pfattheicher, S., & Böhm, R. (in press). Mechanisms to detect and punish cheaters. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.


Pfattheicher, S. (2017). Illuminating the dual-hormone hypothesis: About chronic dominance and the interaction of cortisol and testosterone. Aggressive Behavior,
43, 85-92.

Pfattheicher, S., Keller, J, & Knezevic, G. (2017). Sadism, the intuitive system, and antisocial punishment in the public goods game. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 337-346

Sassenrath, C., Pfattheicher, S., & Keller, J. (2017). I might ease your pain, but only if you’re sad: The moderating role of empathized emotion in the empathy-helping association. Motivation and Emotion, 41, 96-106.

Schindler, S. & Pfattheicher, S. (2017). The frame of the game: Loss-framing increases deceptive behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 69, 172-177.


Bösch, C., Erb, B., Kargl, F., Kopp, H., & Pfattheicher, S. (2016). Tales from the dark side: Privacy dark strategies and privacy dark patterns. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, 4, 237-254.

Diefenbacher, S., Siegel, A., & Keller, J. (2016). Verfahren zur Erfassung des Händehygieneverhaltens - Eine methodische Betrachtung aus verhaltenswissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Hygiene & Medizin, 41, 105-119.

Nürnberger, M., Nerb, J., Schmitz, F., Keller, J. & Sütterlin, S. (2016). Implicit gender stereotypes and essentialist beliefs predict teachers’ tracking recommendations. Journal of Experimental Education, 84, 152-174.

Pfattheicher, S. (2016). Testosterone, cortisol and the Dark Triad: Narcissism (but not Machiavellianism or psychopathy) is positively related to basal testosterone and cortisol. Personality and Individual Differences, 97, 115-119.

Pfattheicher, S., Sassenrath, C., & Schindler, S. (2016). Feelings for the suffering of others and the environment: Compassion fosters proenvironmental tendencies. Environment and Behavior, 48, 929-945.

Pfattheicher, S., & Schindler, S. (2016). Misperceiving bullshit as profound is associated with favorable views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and conservatism. PLoS ONE 11, e0153419.

Sassenrath, C., Diefenbacher, S., Siegel, A., & Keller, J. (2016). A person-oriented approach to hand hygiene behavior: Emotional empathy fosters hand hygiene practice. Psychology & Health, 31, 205-227.

Sassenrath, C., Hodges, S. D., & Pfattheicher, S. (2016). It's all about the self: When perspective taking backfires. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 25, 405-410.

Sassenrath, C., Pfattheicher, S., & Keller, J. (2016). I might ease your pain, but only if you’re sad: The moderating role of empathized emotion in the empathy-helping association. Motivation and Emotion, 39, 932-942.

Sassenrath C., Sassenberg K., & Scheepers, D. (2016). The Impact of Regulatory Focus on Challenge and Threat. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 75, 91-95.

Ulrich M., Keller J., & Grön, G. (2016). Dorsal Raphe Nucleus Down-Regulates Medial Prefrontal Cortex during Experience of Flow. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10:169.


Keller, J., Mayo, R., Greifeneder, R., & Pfattheicher, S. (2015). Regulatory Focus and Generalized Trust: The Impact of Prevention-focused Self-regulation on Trusting Others. Frontiers in Psychology, Article 254.

Leder, S., Florack, A., & Keller, J. (2015). Self-regulation and protective health behavior: How regulatory focus and anticipated regret are related to vaccination decisions. Psychology & Health, 30, 165-188.

Pfattheicher, S. (2015). A regulatory focus perspective on reputational concerns: The impact of prevention-focused self-regulation. Motivation and Emotion, 39, 932-942.

Pfattheicher, S., & Keller, J. (2015). The watching eyes phenomenon: The role of a sense of being seen and public self-awareness. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 560-566.

Pfattheicher, S., & Schindler, S. (2015). Understanding the dark side of costly punishment: The impact of individual differences in everyday sadism and existential threat. European Journal of Personality, 29, 498-505.

Sassenberg, K., Sassenrath, C., & Fetterman, A. (2015). Threat ≠ prevention, challenge ≠ promotion: The impact of threat, challenge, and regulatory focus on attention to negative stimuli. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 188-195.

Scholl, A., Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg (2015). Attracted to power: Challenge / threat and promotion / prevention focus differentially predict the attractiveness of group power. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-9.

Scholl, A., Sassenrath, C., &Sassenberg (2015). Attracted to power: Challenge/threat and promotion/prevention focus differently predict the attractiveness of group power. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 653.

Ulrich, M., Keller, J.,  & Grön, G. (2015). Neural signatures of experimentally induced flow experiences identified in a typical fMRI block design with BOLD imaging. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 496-507.


Olderbak, S., Sassenrath, C., Keller, J., & Wilhelm, O. (2014). An emotion-differentiated perspective on empathy with the emotion specific empathy questionnaire. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 653.

Pfattheicher, S., & Keller, J. (2014). Towards a biopsychological understanding of costly punishment: The role of basal cortisol. PLOS ONE, 9, e85691.

Pfattheicher, S., Landhäußer, A., & Keller, J. (2014). Individual differences in antisocial punishment in public goods situations: The interplay of cortisol with testosterone and dominance. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 340-348.

Pfattheicher, S., & Sassenrath, C. (2014). A regulatory focus perspective on eating behavior: How promotion and prevention focus relates to emotional, external, and restrained eating. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1314.

Sassenrath, C., Sassenberg, K., Ray, D. G., Scheiter, K., & Jarodzka, H. (2014). A motivational determinant of facial emotion recognition: Regulatory focus affects recognition of emotions in faces. PLOS ONE, 9, e112383.3.

Sassenrath, C., Sassenberg, K., & Scholl, A. (2014). From a distance…: The impact of approach and avoidance motivational orientation on perspective taking. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 18-26.

Ulrich, M., Keller, J., Hönig, K., Waller, C., & Grön, G. (2014). Neural correlates of experimentally induced flow experiences. NeuroImage, 86, 194-202.


Diefenbacher, S., Sassenrath, C., Siegel, A., Grünewald, M, & Keller, J. (2012). Implizite Einstellung zur Händehygiene als relevanter Prädiktor von Händehygieneverhalten. Hygiene und Medizin, 37, 448-455.

Florack, A., Keller, J., & Palcu, J. (2013). Regulatory focus in economic contexts. Journal of Economic Psychology, 38, 127-137.

Keller, J. & Pfattheicher, S. (2013). The Compassion-hostility-paradox: The interplay of vigilant, prevention-focused self-regulation, compassion and hostility. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1518-1529.

Leder, S., Florack, A., & Keller, J. (2013). Thoughts about possible failure: Regulatory focus and the anticipation of regret. Social Cognition, 31, 349-373.

Pfattheicher, S. & Keller, J. (2013). Vigilant self-regulation and costly punishment in public goods situations. European Journal of Personality, 27, 346-354.

Sassenrath, C., Sassenberg, K., & Semin, G. R. (2013). Cool, but understanding… Experiencing cooler temperatures promotes perspective taking performance. Acta Psychologica, 143, 245-251.


Diefenbacher, S., Sassenrath, C., Siegel, A., Grünewald, M., & Keller, J. (2012). Implizite Einstellung zur Händehygiene als relevanter Prädiktor von Händehygieneverhalten. Hygiene & Medizin, 37, 448-455.

Greifeneder, R. & Keller, J. (2012). Habitual self-regulatory orientation and ease-of-retrieval:Regulatory focus qualifies the impact of subjective experiences in judgment. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 338-348.

Keller, J. (2012). Differential gender and ethnic differences in math performance: A self-regulatory perspective. Journal of Psychology [Zeitschrift für Psychologie], 220, 164-171.

Keller, J. & Landhäußer, A. (2012). The flow model revisited. In S. Engeser (Ed.), Advances in flow research (pp-51-64). Berlin: Springer.

Landhäußer, A. & Keller, J. (2012). Components and consequences of flow experiences. In S. Engeser (Ed.), Advances in flow research (pp. 65-85). Berlin: Springer.

Landhäußer, A. & Keller, J. (2012). Optimale Herausforderungen gesucht – wie sich das Erleben von Flow fördern lässt. Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell, 3/2012, 44-46.

van Pachterbeke, M., Keller, J., & Saroglou, V. (2012). Flexibility in existential beliefs and worldviews: Introducing and measuring existential quest. Journal of Individual Differences, 33, 2-16.


Gaillard, M., Desmette, D., & Keller, J. (2011). Regulatory focus moderates the influence of age-related stereotypic expectancies on older adults’ test performance and threat-based concerns. European Review of Applied Psychology, 61, 23-29.

Keller, J., Bless, H., Blomann, F. & Kleinböhl, D. (2011). Physiological aspects of flow experiences: Skills-demand-compatibility effects on heart rate variability and salivary cortisol. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 849-852.

Keller, J. & Landhäußer, A. (2011). Im Flow sein: Experimentelle Analysen des Zustands optimaler Beanspruchung. Psychologische Rundschau, 62, 213-220.

Keller, J. & Pfattheicher, S. (2011). Vigilant self-regulation, cues of being watched and cooperativeness. European Journal of Personality, 25, 363-372.

Keller, J., Ringelhan, S. & Blomann, F. (2011). Does skills-demands-compatibility result in intrinsic motivation? Experimental test of a basic notion proposed in the theory of flow-experiences. Journal of Positive Psychology, 6, 408-417.

Rangel, U. & Keller, J. (2011). Essentialism goes social: Belief in social determinism as a component of psychological essentialism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 1056-1078.

Before 2010

Bless, H., Keller, J. & Igou, E. (2009). Metacognition. In F. Strack & J. Förster (Eds.), Social Cognition – the Basis of Human Interaction (pp. 157-177). Philadelphia: Psychology Press.

Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2009). Predicting future affective states: How ease of retrieval and faith in intuition moderate the impact of activated content. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 467-476.

Keller, J. & Blomann, F. (2008). Locus of control and the flow experience: An experimental analysis. European Journal of Personality, 22, 589-607.

Keller, J., Hurst, M., & Uskul, A. (2008). Prevention-focused self-regulation and aggressiveness. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 800-820.

Keller, J. & Sekaquaptewa, D. (2008). Solo status and women's spatial test performance: The role of individuation tendencies. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 1044-1053.

Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2008). Flow and regulatory compatibility: An experimental approach to the flow model of intrinsic motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 196-209.

Keller, J. (2008). On the development of regulatory focus: The role of parenting styles. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 354-364.

Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2008). When positive and negative expectancies disrupt performance: Regulatory focus as a catalyst. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 187-212.

Keller, J. & Molix, L. (2008). When women can't do math: The interplay of self-construal, group identification, and stereotypic performance standards. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 437-444.

Keller, J. (2008). Stereotype als Bedrohung. In L.-E. Petersen & B. Six (Hrsg.), Stereotype, Vorurteile und soziale Diskriminierung (S. 88-96). Weinheim: Beltz.

Keller, J. (2007). When negative stereotypic expectancies turn into challenge or threat: The moderating role of regulatory focus. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 66, 163-168.

Keller, J. (2007). Stereotype threat in classroom settings: The interactive effects of domain identification, task difficulty, and stereotype threat on female student's maths performance. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 77, 323-338.

Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2007). Communicating positive and negative stereotypic expectancies: The interplay of stereotype threat and regulatory focus. In Y. Kashima, K. Fiedler, & P. Freytag (Eds.), Stereotype dynamics: Language-based apporaches to stereotype formation, maintenance, and transformation (pp. 373-395). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 

Bless, H. & Keller, J. (2006). Urteilsheuristiken. In H.-W. Bierhoff  & D. Frey (Eds.), Handbuch der Psychologie: Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie (S. 294-300). Göttingen Hogrefe. 

Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2006). Regulatory fit and cognitive performance: The interactive effect of chronic and situationally induced self-regulatory mechanisms on test performance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 393-405.

Keller, J. (2005). In genes we trust: The biological component of psychological essentialism and its relationship to mechanisms of motivated social cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88. 686-702.

Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2005). When negative expectancies turn into negative performance: The role of ease of retrieval. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 535-541.

Keller, J. & Bless, H. (2004). Evolutionary thought and psychological essentialism: The belief in genetic predispositions and its relationship to basic processes of social cognition. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, 2, 123-141.

Keller, J. (2004). Expectancy effects in performance situations. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Keller, J. & Dauenheimer, D. (2003). Stereotype threat in the classroom: Dejection mediates the disrupting threat effect on women's math performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 371-381.

Keller, J. (2002). Blatant stereotype threat and women's math performance: Self-handicapping as a strategic means to cope with obtrusive negative performance expectations. Sex Roles, 47, 193-198.

Keller, J., Bohner, G. & Erb, H.-P (2000). Intuitive und heuristische Urteilsbildung - verschiedene Prozesse? Präsentation einer deutschen Fassung des 'Rational-Experiential Inventory' sowie neuer Selbstberichtskalen zur Heuristiknutzung. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 31, 87-101.

Uskul, A. K., Keller, J., & Oyserman, D. (2008). Regulatory fit and health behavior. Psychology and Health, 23, 327-346.