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Chair Crusius Group

PD Dr. Jan Crusius

Phone +49-221-470-1523
Fax +49-221-470-1216
AddressRichard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln | Germany

Room 2.B15
Office hours by appointment

Research interests

Social comparison • Social emotions • Personal motives • Conflict and cooperation • Virtual Reality


  • Crusius, J. (in press). Soziale Vergleiche [Social comparison]. In P. Ozimek, H.-W. Bierhoff, E. Rohmann, & S. Hanke (Eds.), Angewandte Sozialpsychologie. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Schermer, J. A., Rogoza, R., Kwiatkowska, M. M., Kowalski, C. M., Aquino, S., Ardi, R., … Crusius, J. … Krammer, G. (in press). Humor styles across 28 countries. Current Psychology.
  • Genschow, O., Westfal, M., Crusius, J., Bartosch, L., Feikes, K. I., Pallasch, N., & Wozniak, M. (2021). Does social psychology persist over half a century? A direct replication of Cialdini et al.’s (1975) classic door-in-the-face technique. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 120(2), e1–e7. [preprint] [data and materials on OSF]
  • Lammers, J., Crusius, J., & Gast, A. (2020). Correcting misperceptions of exponential coronavirus growth increases support for social distancing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(28), 16264 - 16266. [data on OSF]
  • Corcoran, K., & Crusius, J. (2019). Das tut weh, aber motiviert auch. Neid an der Universität. Forschung & Lehre, 26, 836-837.
  • Lange, J., Blatz, L., & Crusius, J. (2018). Dispositional envy: A conceptual review. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of personality and individual differences. Volume III: Applications of personality and individual differences (pp. 424–439). London, UK: SAGE.  [pdf]
  • McCarthy, R. J., Skowronski, J. J., Verschuere, B., Meijer, E. H., Jim, A., Hoogesteyn, K., … Blatz, L., … Crusius, J., … Yıldız, E. (2018). Registered Replication Report on Srull and Wyer (1979). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1, 321–336.  [data and materials on OSF]
  • Verschuere, B., Meijer, E. H., Jim, A., Hoogesteyn, K., Orthey, R., McCarthy, R. J., … Blatz, L., … Crusius, J., … Yıldız, E (2018). Registered Replication Report on Mazar, Amir, and Ariely (2008). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1, 299–317.  [data and materials on OSF]
  • Crusius*, J., & Lange*, J. (2017). How do people respond to threatened social status? Moderators of benign versus malicious envy. In R. H. Smith, U. Merlone, & M. K. Duffy (Eds.), Envy at work and in organizations (pp. 85–110). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  [pdf] *equal contribution
  • Corcoran, K., & Crusius, J. (2016). Sozialer Vergleich [Social comparison]. In D. Frey & H.-W. Bierhoff (Eds.), Sozialpsychologie - Soziale Motive und Soziale Einstellungen [Social psychology—Social motives and social attitudes], Enzyklopädie der Psychologie (Vol. C/VI/2, pp. 87-106). Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe.  [pdf]
  • Appel, H., Crusius, J., & Gerlach, A. (2015). Social comparison, envy, and depression on Facebook: A study looking at the effects of high comparison standards on depressed individuals. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34, 277-289.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Lange, J. (2015). Envy. In M. Altman (Ed.), Real world decision making: An encyclopaedia of behavioral economics (pp. 122-123). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.  [pdf]
  • Corcoran, K., & Crusius, J. (2014). Warum sozialpsychologische Forschung für die Rechtswissenschaften von Interesse ist [Why social psychological research is of interest for law]. Austrian Law Journal, 1, 40–47.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2013). Untangling envy. The feeling can help us even when it hurts. Scientific American Mind, 24, 35–37.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). Des einen Freud, des anderen ... Gehirn&Geist, 10, 18–23.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). Social comparison in negotiation. In G. E. Bolton & R. T. A. Croson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of economic conflict resolution (pp. 120–137). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  [pdf]
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). To achieve or not to achieve? Comparative mindsets elicit assimilation and contrast in goal priming. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 780–788.  [pdf]
  • Mussweiler, T., Todd, A. R., & Crusius, J. (2012). The cognitive underpinnings of social behavior: Selectivity in social cognition. In P. Hammerstein & J. R. Stevens (Eds.), Strüngmann Forum Reports: Vol. 11. Evolution and the mechanisms of decision making (pp. 275–286). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  [pdf]
  • Corcoran, K., Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2011). Social comparison: Motives, standards, and mechanisms. In D. Chadee (Ed.), Theories in social psychology (pp. 119–139). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.  [pdf]
  • Hanko, K., Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2010). When I and me are different: Assimilation and contrast in temporal self-comparisons. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 160–168.  [pdf]
  • Schubert, T., & Crusius, J. (2002). Five theses on the book problem: Presence in books, film and VR. In F. R. Gouveia & F. Biocca (Eds.), Proceedings of the fifth international workshop on presence (pp. 53–59). Porto, Portugal: Universidad Fernando Pessoa.  [pdf]

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Academic distinctions

  • Seedcorn Grant Why does entitlement foster dominance instead of prestige? (together with Jens Lange, & Liz Redford), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2017
  • UoC Advanced Postdoc Grant When Pride and Envy Collide: Societal Determinants and Consequences of Status-Related Emotions, awarded by the University of Cologne, 2015

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