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


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)