In press

Barthelmäs, M., Kesberg, R., Hermann, A. & Keller, J. (in press). Five reasons to cry - FRC – A taxonomy for antecedents of adult emotional crying. Motivation and Emotion.

Knežević, G., Lazarevic, L.B.., Bosnjak, M. & Keller, J. (in press). Proneness to psychotic-like experiences as a basic personality trait complementing the HEXACO model - A preregistered cross-national study. Personality and Mental Health.

Sassenrath, C., Diefenbacher, S., Pfattheicher, S., & Keller J. (in press). The potential and limitations of empathy in changing health-relevant affect, cognition and behaviour. European Review of Social Psychology.

Söllner, M., Dürnberger, M., Keller, J. & Florack, A. (in press). The Impact of Age Stereotypes on Well-being: Strategies of Selection, Optimization, and Compensation as Mediator and Regulatory Focus as Moderator - Findings from a Cross-Sectional and a Longitudinal Study. Journal of Happiness Studies.

Kesberg, R., & Keller, J. (in press) Personal values as motivational basis of psychological essentialism: An exploration of the value profile underlying essentialist beliefs. Personality and Individual Differences.

Nockur, L., Pfattheicher, S., & Keller, J. (in press). Different punishment systems in a public goods game with heterogeneous endowments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Nockur, L., & Pfattheicher, S. (in press). The beautiful complexity of human prosociality: On the interplay of Honesty-Humility, intuition, and a reward system. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Pfattheicher, S., Nockur, L., Böhm, R., Sassenrath, C., & Peterson, M.B. (in press). The emotional path to action: Empathy promotes physical distancing and wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological Science.

Lui, L. F., Sassenrath, C., & Pfattheicher, S. (in press). When is your pain my gain? The use of perspective taking by everyday sadists.
Personality and Individual Differences.

Kesberg, R., & Keller, J. Donating to the ‘right’cause: Compatibility of personal values and mission statements of philanthropic organizations fosters prosocial behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 168, 110313.

Piven, S., Fischer, R., Shaver, J.H., Mogan, R., Karl, J., Kesberg, R., Richardson, A., Singh, P., Tewari, S., and Bulbulia, J. Kiwi Diwali: A longitudinal investigation of perceived social connection following a civic religious ritual. Religion, Brain and Behavior. (in press)


Barthelmäs, M., & Keller, J. (2021). Adult emotional crying: Relations to personality traits and subjective well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 177, 110790.

Barthelmäs, M., & Keller, J. (2021). Antecedents, Boundary Conditions and Consequences of Flow. In C. Peifer & S. Engeser (Eds.), Advances in Flow Research (2nd ed., pp. 71-107). Springer


Barthelmäs, M., Killinger, M., & Keller, J. (2020). Using a Telegram chatbot as cost-effective software infrastructure for ambulatory assessment studies with iOS and Android devices. Behavior Research Methods, 1-8.

Sassenrath, C., Barthelmäs, M., Saur, J., & Keller, J. (2020). Inducing empathy affects cardiovascular reactivity reflected in changes in high-frequency heart rate variability. Cognition and Emotion, 1-7.

Nockur, L., & Pfattheicher, S. (2020). Intuitive decision-making promotes rewarding prosocial others independent of the personality trait Honesty-Humility. Scientific Reports, 10(18579), 1-8.

Nockur, L., & Pfattheicher, S. (2020). Fostering sustainable behavior through group competition. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Nockur, L., Arndt, L., Keller, J., & Pfattheicher, S. (2020). Collective choice fosters sustainable resource management in the presence of asymmetric opportunities. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-13.

Singh, P., Tewari, S., Kesberg, R., Karl, J. A., Bulbulia, J., & Fischer, R. (2020). Time investments in rituals are associated with social bonding, affect and subjective health: a longitudinal study of Diwali in two Indian communities. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375(1805), 20190430.

Diefenbacher, S., Sassenrath, C., Tatzel J., & Keller, J. (2020). Evaluating healthcare workers’ hand hygiene performance using a first-person view video observation in standardized patient-care scenario. American Journal of Infection Prevention, 48, 496-502. https://doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2019.11.032

Diefenbacher, S., Pfattheicher, S., & Keller, J. (2020). On the role of habit in self-reported and observed hand hygiene behavior. Applied Psychology: Health & Well-Being, 12, 125-143. https:/doi:10.1111/aphw.12176


Sassenrath, C. (2019). “Let Me Show You How Nice I Am”: Impression Management as Bias in Empathic Responses. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11, 752–760.

Kesberg, R., & Pfattheicher, S. (2019). Democracy matters: a psychological perspective on the beneficial impact of democratic punishment systems in social dilemmas. Palgrave Communications, 5(1), 1-13.

Pfattheicher, S., Schindler, S., & Nockur, L. (2019). On the impact of Honesty-Humility and a cue of being watched on cheating behavior. Journal of Economic Psychology, 71, 159-174.

Rüsch, N., Oexle, N., Thornicroft, G., Keller, J., Waller, C., Germann, I., Regelmann, C.A., Noll-Hussong, M. & Zahn, R. (2019). Self-contempt as a predictor of suicidality: A longitudinal study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 207(12):1056-1057.

Diefenbacher, S., Fliss, P., Tatzel, J., Wenk, J. & Keller, J. (2019). A quasi-randomized controlled before-after study using performance feedback and goal setting as elements of hand hygiene promotion. Journal of Hospital Infections, 101, 399-407.

Pfattheicher, S., Sassenrath, C., & Keller, J. (2019). Compassion magnifies third-party punishment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117, 124-141.

Pfattheicher, S., Keller, J., & Knezevic, G. (2019). Destroying things for pleasure: On the relation of sadism and vandalism. Personality and Individual Differences, 140, 52-56.

Sassenrath, C., Wagner, M., Keller, J., & Sassenberg, K. (2019). It's a challenge! Empathizing with sad but not with angry individuals results in cardiovascular reactivity consistent with a challenge motivational state. Emotion, 19, 982-991.


Geiger, S. & Keller, J. (2018). Shopping for clothes and sensitivity to the suffering of others: The role of compassion and values in sustainable fashion consumption. Environment & Behavior, 50, 1119–1144.

Kesberg, R., & Keller, J. (2018). The relation between human values and perceived situation characteristics in everyday life. Frontiers in psychology, 9.

Pfattheicher, S., Böhm, R., & Kesberg, R. (2018). The advantage of democratic peer punishment in sustaining cooperation within groups. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 31(4), 562-571.

Flatau, L., Reitt, M., Duttge, G., Lenk, C., Zoll, B., Poser, W., ... & Kesberg, R. (2018). Genomic information and a person’s right not to know: A closer look at variations in hypothetical informational preferences in a German sample. PloS one, 13(6), e0198249.

Pfattheicher, S. & Böhm, R. (2018). Honesty-humility under threat: Self-uncertainty destroys trust among the nice guys. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 179-194. [get the article here]

Pfattheicher, S., Strauch, C., Diefenbacher, S., & Schnürch, R. (2018). Being Observed on a Public Toilet: A Field Study on Watching Eyes and Hand Hygiene Compliance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 00, 1-7. [get the article here]


Pfattheicher, S., Geiger, M., Hartung, J., Weiss, S., and Schindler, S. (2017). Old wine in new bottles? The case of self-compassion and neuroticism. Eur. J. Pers., 31, 160-169.

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. [get the article here]

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. [get the article here]

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

Steinmetz, J. & Pfattheicher, S. (2017). Beyond social facilitation: A review of the far-reaching effects of social attention. Social Cognition, 35, 585-599.
[get the article here]

Pfattheicher, S. & Keller, J. (2017). A motivational perspective on punishment in social dilemmas. European Review of Social Psychology, 28, 257-287.
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Keller, J., & Kesberg, R. (2017). Regulatory focus and human values. Psihologija, 50(2), 157-186.
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Sassenrath, C., Sassenberg, K., & Greving, H. (2017). It has to be first-hand: The effect of first-person testimonials in medical communication on recipients' emotions and memory. Cogent Medicine, 4(1). [get the article here]

2016 und früher / 2016 and before


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.


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.