Theses (BSc/MSc Psychology)


In addition to the supervision by first and second supervisors, our tutors are available to all students who are writing their thesis in the field of social psychology to answer any questions they may have.

Topics for theses in the field of social psychology

This is a research project for which we are collecting data via the dating app Tinder. The aim is to investigate whether male and female profiles that show signs of honesty and modesty enjoy greater popularity.

In another research project, we investigate whether certain personality traits can reliably predict the frequency of lying in romantic relationships. 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. Advance online publication.

Student publications in the field of social psychology

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., & Mayer, M. (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 girls, queen bees and iron maidons? Female leadership and accusations of workplace bullying. Open Psychology4, 249–264.  

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.doi. org/10.1007/s11218-021-09681-4 * 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 mentalization 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 author:s are marked in bold.