Social Psychology

Epitaph for Prof. Dr. Marc-André Reinhard

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our colleague Prof. Dr. Marc-André Reinhard. He passed away unexpectedly and far too early on April 30, 2024. Prof. Dr. Marc-André Reinhard was an outstanding and internationally acknowledged scientist in the field of social psychology. His passion for research inspired many students and early career researchers. Since joining our university on September 1, 2013, he made significant theoretical and empirical contributions, particularly in the areas of credibility research and lie detection. His profound knowledge, dedication to science, and tireless efforts to promote young talents have left a lasting impression. Colleagues and students will remember his professional contributions and his integrity with gratitude. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.


Lie detection

In this research area, we address the question of which social and individual variables influence bothactive deception and the detection of deception. Currently, one research project is concerned with how the statements of Native vs. Non-Native speakers are perceived in terms of their credibility. 



Reinhard, M.-A.,  Volz, S.,  Bos, K., &  Müller, P. A. (2023).  Is the uncertain self good at detecting lies? The influence of personal uncertainty on deception detection. European Journal of Social Psychology,  00,  1– 20.

Volz, S., Reinhard, M.-A. & Müller, P. (2023). Is It the Judge, the Sender, or Just the Individual Message? Disentangling Person and Message Effects on Variation in Lie-Detection Judgments. Perspectives on Psychological Science.


Personality and Deception

In another research project, we investigate whether certain personality traits can reliably predict the frequency of lying. Past work has so far focused on the influence of the personality trait Honesty-Humility and on the Belief in a just world.



Reinhardt, N., & Reinhard, M.-A. (2023). Honesty–humility negatively correlates with dishonesty in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 125(4), 925–942.

Reinhardt, N., Reinhard, M-A., & Schindler, S. (2023). Is peoples’ belief in a just world associated with (dis)honesty in romantic relationships? Journal of Research in Personality, 105, Article 104396.

Publications of students

Ende, L., Reinhard, M.-A., & Göritz, L. (2023). Detecting greenwashing! The influence of product color and product price on consumers’ detection accuracy of faked bio-fashion. Journal of Consumer Policy46, 155–189.

Reinhardt, N., Reinhard, M-A., & Bittner-Fäthke, G. (2023). The correlation between Honesty-Humility and attitude toward counterfeit luxury. Italian Journal of Marketing, 2023, 503–519.

Harhoff, N., Reinhardt, N., & Reinhard, M.-A. (2023). Agentic and communal narcissism in predicting different types of lies in romantic relationships. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, Article 1146732. 

Reinhardt, N., Trnka, L.-M. & Reinhard, M-A. (2022). The correlation of honesty-humility and learning goals with academic cheating. Social Psychology of Education, 26, 211–226. 

Stolz, C., Reinhard, M.-A., & Ende, L. (2022). Mean gitls, queen bees and iron maidens? Female leadership and accusations of workplace bullying. Open Psychology, 4, 1–16.

Marris, A., Reinhardt, N., & Schindler, S. (2022). The Role of Just World Beliefs in Responding to the COVID‐19 Pandemic. Social Justice Research.

Mariss, A.*, Wenzel, K.*, Grünberg, C., & Reinhard, M.-A. (2022). Who wants to learn harder? The relationship between conservatism and liberalism, desirable difficulties, and academic learning. Social Psychology of Education * shared first-authorship

Schindler, S., Wagner, L. K., Reinhard, M.-A., Ruhara, N., Pfattheicher, S., & Nitschke, J. (2021). Are criminals better lie detectors? Investigating offenders' abilities in the context of deception detection. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35, 203–214.

Benz, D. & Reinhard, M.-A. (2021). Sadder and Less Gullible?—Investigating Depressive Realism Effects in Judgments of Veracity. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 40, 404-421. 

Ridder, J. & Reinhard, M.-A. (2021). When the toaster knows what you are up to: The effect of mentalisation on the uncanny valley effect. Psychreg Journal of Psychology, 5, 40-41.

Schindler, S., & Trede, M. (2021). Does social exclusion improve detection of real and fake smiles? A replication study. Frontiers in Psychology , 12 , 626087.

Volz, S., Reinhard, M.‐A., Müller, P. (2020). Why don't you believe me? Detecting deception in messages written by nonnative and native speakers. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 34, 256– 269.

Wagner, L., Schindler, S., & Reinhard, M.-A. (2017). The positive facet of self-compassion predicts self-reported use of and attitudes toward desirable difficulties in learning. Frontiers in Psychology , 8 , 1353.

Weber, J., & Reinhard, M.-A. (2017). Be Empathic! The Influence of Empathy on Attitude Formation in the German Refugee Debate. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 9, 62-70. https://doi:10.5539/ijps.v9n1p62


*Student authors are marked in bold.


In the lecture of the Bachelor's program (Psychology B.Sc.), students receive an overview of basic methods and theories of social psychology. In addition, in different in-depth seminar, theories of social psychology are discussed in the context of application. In the Master's program (Psychology M.Sc.), topics of applied social psychology such as deception in everyday life and business life, existential threats, intimate relationships, and consumer psychology are covered.