Prof. Dr. Gerald Echterhoff

Professor of Psychology
Social Psychology Lab
Department of Psychology

University of Münster (WWU Münster)
Gerald Echterhoff

contact information

Prof. Dr. Gerald Echterhoff

Street Address:
Department of Psychology
Fliednerstr. 21
D-48149 Münster (Germany)

Telephone: +49 (0)251 83-34386
Office: Room 2.217a

university education

2007 Habilitation at the Faculty of Psychology and Sports Sciences at Bielefeld University (cumulative habilitation, title: „Memory in Context: Social, Communicative und Societal Influences“), including venia legendi for psychology.

2001-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, New York City

2000 Ph.D. in Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York City

1997-2000 Ph.D. Program in Psychology (experimental cognitive), New School for Social Research, dissertation research

1998 M.A. (Master of Arts) in General Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York City

1996 Diploma in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.), University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) (roughly equivalent to a Master's degree), with honors (“mit Auszeichnung”)

academic positions

2008-2010 Professor of Psychology, Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

2008 Visiting Professor ("W3-Lehrstuhlvertretung"), Department of Psychology, University of Cologne (on leave from Bielefeld University)

2004-2008 Assistant Professor/Lecturer (“Wiss. Assistent, C1”), Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany

2002-2004 Research and Teaching Associate (“Wiss. Angestellter”), Psychological Institute, University of Cologne, Germany

2001-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow (Visiting Scholar), Department of Psychology, Columbia University, New York City


  • 2022 – 2025 "When Interpersonal Communication Affects Communicators’ Memory: The role of communicators’ own judgments in shared reality with the audience ", research grant in the DFG Research Group "Constructing Scenarios of the Past: A New Framework in Episodic Memory" (FOR 2812), German Research Foundation EC 317/10-2, € 366.900
  • 2022 – 2024 “Pathways to terrorism: Empirical tests of a model of radicalization”, research grant from the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia in the network "Connecting Research on Extremism (CoRE NRW)", together with Prof. Michaela Pfundmair (Hochschule des Bundes Berlin), € 197.000
  • "When Virtual Contact Is All You Need: The Effect of Facebook Reminders on Responses to Social Exclusion", supported by a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) (grant EC 317/9-1, 2017-2019) including funding for one Research Associate/Wiss. Mitarbeiter (65% [Status: Principal Investigator; volume approx. Euro 164,000]
  • Shared Representations: A Peek into the Collaborative Memory Toolbox", supported by a grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, 2016-2019, volume approx. € 94.000; in collaboration with Margarida Garrido (ISCTE Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Principal Investigator), Leonel Garcia-Marques (ISCTE, IUL), and René Kopietz
  • Funding for research on the verbal overshadowing effect from the Association for Psychological Science (APS) conducted within the Registered Replication initiative of "Perspectives on Psychological Science" [Status: Principal Investigator with René Kopietz; volume US$ 1,120]
  • Effects of Communication with Experts on the Evaluation of Ambiguous Scientific Evidence: Cognitive Tuning and Social Tuning, supported by a grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG, grant EC 317/7-1, 2013-2015) in the Special Priority Program "Science and the Public" (SPP 1409) including funding for research staff (one research associate/Wiss. Mitarbeiter) [volume approx. Euro 142,000]
  • Processes and Effects of Audience Tuning: Shared Reality with Ingroup and Outgroup Members
    supported by a grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG), 2007-2011, volume approx. € 82.000; Collaborators: Prof. E. Tory Higgins, Prof. John M. Levine. This research in the news: Shankar Vedantam's column in the Washington Post
  • 'It happened as I said': Effects of Retellings on Eyewitnesses’ Event Memory
    German-British collaborative research grant under the bilateral agreement between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), (DFG EC 317/3), Co-Investigator: Professor Dr. Amina Memon (University of Aberdeen), volume approx. € 190.000. Research associates: Dipl.-Psych. René Kopietz, Dipl.-Psych. Jens Hellmann, Dipl.-Psych. Sarah Niemeier (associated employee). Press coverage on this German-British collaboration in the Times Higher Education
  • Grounding Sociality: Neurons, Minds, and Culture
    supported by the European Social Cognition Network (ESCON) in the Research Networks Programme in Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation (ESF), co-principal investigator: Prof. Gün R. Semin (University of Utrecht). Current report
  • Audience-tuning effects on Memory: Memory Processes and Socially Shared Reality
    supported by a grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG), 2005-2007,  volume approx. € 65.000. Research associate: Dipl.-Psych. René Kopietz, Collaborators: Prof. E. Tory Higgins, Prof. John M. Levine, Dipl.-Psych. Stephan Groll

other activities

  • Associate Editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP), the flagship journal of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) (2012-2015)
  • Associate Editor for the international journal Social Psychology (2011-2013)
  • Referee for the Establishment of Graduate Schools for the German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • Guest Editor for a Special Issue on “Shared Reality: Antecedents, Processes, and Consequences” in Social Cognition (2010)
  • Guest Editor (with William Hirst) for a Special Issue on „Social Influence on Memory“ in Social Psychology -- Guest Editorial. (2009)
  • Reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the USA, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG; individual grant proposals), the German Psychological Society (DGPs), the Tyrolean Science Fund (Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds), the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the European Science Foundation (ESF),the German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, Cusanuswerk Scholarship Foundation.
  • Reviewer for various scientific journals including Science, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Psychological Science, Cognition, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Social Cognition, Social Influence, European Journal of Social Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Memory & Cognition, Acta Psychologica, Memory Studies, Memory, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Journal of Personality, Social Psychology, Journal of Economic Psychology.
  • Workshops on "Psychological strategies for academic success: Project and time management"

Courses taught (selected)

  • Introduction to Social Psychology (Lecture)
  • Social Influence
  • Attitudes and Social Cognition
  • Memory in a Social Context
  • Interpersonal Communication and Interaction
  • Social Cognition and Attribution
  • Statistics (Lecture Class and Seminars)