Social Psychology

Social Psychology

The social psychological research focus addresses issues of importance to society as a whole. We conduct surveys and experiments to gain a better understanding of people’s attitudes and decisions.

What does this look like in practice?

We ask people (mostly online) to read through hypothetical scenarios. At the end of these scenarios, the study participants usually have to make decisions. Different groups are presented with different scenarios, and we then examine how the differences influence their decisions. For example, we have studied how neurobiological findings in expert opinions influence the judgments of judges, or how the gender of patients affects the decisions of psychiatrists and psychologists.

What other studies are conducted?

As part of the field studies of the new ICD-11 classification system developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), we investigated whether the new criteria lead to better clinical decisions regarding impulse control disorders or behavioral addictions.

Selected publications

  • Fuss, J., Dressing, H., & Briken, P. (2015). Neurogenetic evidence in the courtroom: a randomised controlled trial with German judges. Journal of medical genetics, 52(11), 730-737.
  • Fuss, J., Briken, P., & Klein, V. (2018). Gender bias in clinicians’ pathologization of atypical sexuality: a randomized controlled trial with mental health professionals. Scientific reports, 8(1), 1-9.
  • Klein, V., Briken, P., Schröder, J., & Fuss, J. (2019). Mental health professionals’ pathologization of compulsive sexual behavior: Does clients’ gender and sexual orientation matter?. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128(5), 465.


Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Fuß