Dr. Claudia Sassenrath

Claudia Sassenrath studied psychology at the University of Wuerzburg and at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She received her diploma in 2008 and finished her dissertation on contextual influences on perspective taking at the Knowledge Media Research Center (University of Tuebingen) in January 2012. Claudia Sassenrath is a lecturer at the University of Ulm since March 2012.

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Research Interests

  • Empathy, Perspective taking, Prosocial tendencies
  • Self-regulatory processes
  • Social cognition
  • Embodied cognition

Funded projects

"Eine Analyse der Randbedingungen sowie psychophysiologischer Korrelate von Empathie und Hilfeverhalten: Die Rolle des kardiovaskulären Zustands des Helfers sowie der emotionalen Reaktion des Hilfebedürftigen beim Zusammenhang von Empathie und Hilfeverhalten"

(DFG-Sachmittelbeihilfe, SA 2971/3-1)

Publications

  • Sassenrath, C., Greving, H., & Sassenberg, K. (in press). It has to be first-hand: The effect of first-person testimonials in medical communication on recipients' emotions and memory. Cogent Medicine.
  • Sassenrath, C., Pfattheicher, S., & Keller, J. (2017). I might ease your pain, but only if you're sad: The impact of the empathized emotion in the empathy-helping association. Motivation & Emotion, 39, 932-942.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., Sassenberg K., & Scheepers, D. (2016). The Impact of Regulatory Focus on Challenge and Threat. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 75, 91-95.
  • 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.
  • 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., & Sassenrath, C. (2014). A Regulatory Focus Perspective on Eating Behavior: How Prevention and Promotion Focus relates to Emotional, External, and Restrained Eating. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 1314.
  • Sassenrath C, Sassenberg K, Ray DG, Scheiter K, Jarodzka H (2014) A Motivational Determinant of Facial Emotion Recognition: Regulatory Focus Affects Recognition of Emotions in Faces. PLoS ONE 9(11): 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. 
  • 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.

Conference Contributions and Organisation of Meetings

Chairs

  • Sassenrath, C., Diefenbacher, S., & Keller, J. (2013, October). European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) Small Group Meeting "Towards a multifaceted understanding of empathy: Integrating findings on the physiological, affective, cognitive and behavioral underpinnings". Schloss Reisensburg (near Ulm), Germany.
  • Sassenrath C. (2013, September). Was wissen wir eigentlich über den sozialen Kleister? Neuronale Grundlagen, neue Messmethoden und bemerkenswerte Befunde zu Empathie als interpersonaler Orientierung. Symposium auf der 14. Tagung der Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie der DGPs. Hagen, Germany.
  • Sassenrath, C. (2010, September). Symposium zu widersprüchlichen Befunden zum Einfluss von Selbstregulation auf prosoziale Tendenzen. Arbeitsgruppe auf dem 47. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie. Bremen, Germany.

Talks and Posters

  • Diefenbacher, S., Sassenrath, C., & Keller, J. (2015, October). Empathie und Händehygiene. Vortrag auf dem Freiburger Infektiologie- und Hygienekongress. Freiburg, Germany.
  • Greving, H., Sassenberg, K., & Sassenrath, C. (2015, September). "Bei vollem Bewusstsein wurde mir der Kopf aufgebohrt": Der Einfluss von persönlichen Berichten in journalistischen Texten auf Emotionen der Leser. Vortrag auf der 15. Tagung der Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie. Potsdam.
  • Sassenberg, K., Sassenrath, C., Scholl, A., & Fetterman, A. (2015, February). The relation between regulatory focus and threat vs. challenge: Outcomes of and transitions between states. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • Sassenrath, C., Diefenbacher, S., & Keller, J. (2014, September). Empathie als Konstrukt in der Anwendungsforschung: Ergebnisse zu Empathie als Prädiktor des Händehygieneverhaltens in Gesundheitsberufen und im Alltag. Vortrag auf dem 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie. Bochum.
  • Diefenbacher, S., Sassenrath, C. & Keller, J. (2014, September). Der positive Einfluss von Empathie auf das Händehygieneverhalten in kritischen Kontexten. Talk presented at the joint conference of the German Association of Medical Psychology (DGMP) and the German Association of Medical Sociology (DGMS). Greifswald, Germany.
  • Diefenbacher, S., Sassenrath, C. & Keller, J. (2014, August). Empathy as a predictor and trigger of hand hygiene behavior. Talk presented at the 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS). Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Sassenrath, C. & Keller, J. (2014, July). More than compassion: The moderating role of empathized emotion on different outcomes of affective empathy.  Poster presented at the 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
  • Diefenbacher, S., Sassenrath, C. & Keller, J. (2014, July). Evidence for the impact of empathy on hand hygiene in critical settings. Talk presented at the 17th EASP General Meeting (EASP). Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Keller, J. (2014, March). More than compassion: The moderating role of empathized emotion on different outcomes of empathy. Talk presented at the Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) Conference.
  • Sassenrath, C., Olderbak, S., Keller, J., & Wilhelm, O. (2013, September). Empathie ist mehr als Mitgefühl: Entwicklung eines Messinstruments zur Erfassung emotions-spezifischer Empathie. Vortrag auf der 14. Tagung der Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie der DGPs. Hagen, Germany.
  • Sassenrath, C., Olderbak, S., Keller, J., & Wilhelm, O. (2013, July). Towards an Emotion-Specific Measurement of Empathy. Talk presented at the 12th European Conference on Psychological Assessment (ECPA). Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Sassenrath, C., Sassenberg, K., & Semin, G. R. (2013, January). Cool, but understanding… Experiencing cooler temperatures promotes perspective-taking performance. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). New Orleans, LA, USA.
  • Sassenrath, C., Sassenberg, K., & Semin G. R. (2012, September). Cool, but understanding... Experiencing cooler temperatures promotes perspective taking performance. Talk presented at the 14th European Social Cognition Network Transfer of Knowledge Conference (ESCON). Estoril, Portugal.
  • Diefenbacher, S., Keller, J. & Sassenrath, C. (2012, July). Empathy and implicit attitudes are relevant for health behavior: Defining lines of action to improve health care workers' hand hygiene behavior. Poster presented at the 16th European Conference on Personality (ECP). Trieste, Italy.
  • Keller, J., Diefenbacher, S. & Sassenrath, C. (2012, May). Empathy and implicit attitudes as relevant factors regarding a critical type of health behavior (hand hygiene). Poster presented at the 24th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Chicago, USA.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2012, January). When promotion focus and avoidance orientation result in the same effect: The case of perspective taking. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2011, September). Erfolgsorientiert und trotzdem verständnisvoll: Der Zusammenhang zwischen dem Promotion Focus und Perspektivenübernahme. Vortrag auf der 13. Tagung der Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie der DGPs. Hamburg.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2011, July). When promotion focus and avoidance result in the same effects: The case of perspective taking. Talk presented at the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) Small Group Meeting: The application of self-regulation approaches to social psychological phenomena. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2011, July). Focusing on personal accomplishment helps understanding other individuals’ perspectives. Poster presented at the 16th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Sassenberg, K., & Sassenrath, C. (2010, September). Annäherungs- und Vermeidungsverhalten gegenüber Gefahren und Chancen unter Bedrohung und im Prevention Fokus. Vortrag auf dem 47. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs). Bremen. 
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2010, September). Der Einfluss des Regulatorischen Fokus auf Perspektivenübernahme. Vortrag auf dem 47. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs). Bremen.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2010, August). Going for it but still considering others: Self-regulatory determinants of perspective taking, pro- and antisocial tendencies. Talk presented at the 12th European Social Cognition Network Transfer of Knowledge Conference (ESCON). Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2010, June). If I want to know what's on your mind, I better stay away from you... Talk presented at the SoDoc 2010. Jacobs Universität Bremen, Germany.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2009, September). Unterschiede zwischen den motivationalen Zuständen "threat" und "Prevention Fokus". Vortrag auf der 12. Tagung der Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie der DGPs. Walferdange, Luxemburg.
  • Sassenrath, C., & Sassenberg, K. (2009, June). Preventing threat or promoting challenge? Similarities and differences between Prevention Focus and threat and Promotion Focus and challenge. Talk presented at the EASP Small Group Meeting: Self-Regulation Approaches to Group Processes. Hohenstein, Germany.