My research program is located at the crossroads of justice, morality, and aggression. First, I'm interested in what people hope to gain when they take revenge, when they opt for a particular kind of penalty for criminal offenses, and what they regard a "fair" retribution. Second, I'm trying to find evidence for the notion that people who have high moral standards and a strong moral identity behave immorally every now and then. A trait variable that may help disentangling this paradox is "justice sensitivity." Third, I'm interested in the effectiveness of social competence trainings to prevent or reduce aggression and violence among children and adolescents. Fourth, I'm interested in research methods, especially in new methods for the analysis of change.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Ethics and Morality
- Intergroup Relations
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Self and Identity
- Steffgen, G., & Gollwitzer, M. (Eds.). (2007). Emotions and aggressive behavior. Göttingen: Hogrefe & Huber.
- Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., Alt, B., & Jekel, M. (2012). Victim sensitivity and the accuracy of social judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(8), 975-984.
- Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., Pfeiffer, A., & Ensenbach, C. (2009). Why and when justice sensitivity leads to pro- and antisocial behavior. Journal of Research in Personality, 43(6), 999-1005.
- Gollwitzer, M. & Bushman, B. J. (2012). Do victims of injustice punish to improve their mood? Social Psychology and Personality Science, 3(5), 572-580
- Gollwitzer, M., & Rothmund, T. (2011). What exactly are victim-sensitive persons sensitive to? Journal of Research in Personality, 45(5), 448-455.
- Gollwitzer, M., & Denzler, M. (2009). What makes revenge sweet: Seeing the offender suffer or delivering a message? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 840-844.
- Gollwitzer, M., & Melzer, A. (2012). Macbeth and the joystick: Evidence for moral cleansing after playing a violent video game. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1356-1360.
- Gollwitzer, M., Meder, M., & Schmitt, M. (2011). What gives victims satisfaction when they seek revenge? European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 364-374.
- Gollwitzer, M., Schmitt, M., Schalke, R., Maes, J., & Baer, A. (2005). Asymmetrical effects of justice sensitivity perspectives on prosocial and antisocial behavior. Social Justice Research, 18(2), 183-201.
- Gollwitzer, M., Eid, M., & Jürgensen, R. (2005). Response styles in the assessment of anger expression. Psychological Assessment, 17(1), 56-69.
- Gollwitzer, M., & Keller, L. (2010). What you did only matters if you are one of us: Offenders' group membership moderates the effect of criminal history on punishment severity. Social Psychology, 41(1), 20-26.
- Gollwitzer, M. (2009). Justice and revenge. In M. E. Oswald, S. Bieneck, & J. Hupfeld-Heinemann (Eds.), Social psychology of punishment of crime (pp. 137-156). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
- Gollwitzer, M., & Rothmund, T. (2009). When the need to trust results in unethical behavior: The Sensitivity to Mean Intentions (SeMI) model. In D. De Cremer (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on ethical behavior and decision making (pp. 135-152). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
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