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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stroebe

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stroebe

Wolfgang Stroebe is Emeritus Professor of social psychology at Utrecht University and now at the University of Groningen. He is a past president of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology and founding director of the Dutch Research Institute for Psychology and Health. He received the research award for outstanding scientific achievements concerning death and loss of the American Association of Death Counseling and Education in 2002, the Tajfel Award for outstanding scientific achievements and contribution to the development of social psychology of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology in 2005, the lifetime achievement award of the German Psychological Association and an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain (Belgium) in 2002. He is a member of the German National Academy of Science, Fellow of APS (resigned), SPSP, BPS and SPSSI. He has authored numerous books, chapters and articles, and for 25 years was co-editor of the European Review of Social Psychology. In addition to writing on methodological issues,his recent research interest has been in the social psychology of American gun ownership and gun use (Website:

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Group Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

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Journal Articles:

  • Nijstad, B., & Stroebe, W. (2006) How the group affects the mind: A cognitive model of idea generation in groups. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 186-213.
  • Stroebe, M., Schut, H., & Stroebe, W. (2007). Health outcomes of bereavement. Lancet, 370, 1960-1973.
  • Stroebe, W. (2016). Are most published social psychological findings false? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 66, 134-144
  • Stroebe, W. (2013). Firearm possession and violent death. A critical review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18, 709-721.
  • Stroebe, W. (2012). The truth about Triplett (1898), but nobody seems to care. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 54-57.
  • Stroebe, W. (2010). The graying of academia: Will it reduce scientific productivity? American Psychologist, 65, 660-673.
  • Stroebe, W., Gadenne, V., & Nijstad, B.A., (2018). Do our psychological laws apply only to college students? External valdiity revisitied. Basic and Applied Social Psychology,
  • Stroebe, W., Leander, N.P., & Kruglanski, A. (2017). Is it a dangerous world out there? Motivational bases of American gun ownership. Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin, 43, 1-15.
  • Stroebe, W., Mensink, W., Aarts, H., Schut, H., & Kruglanski, A. (2008). Why dieters fail: Testing the goal conflict model of eating. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 26-36.
  • Stroebe, W., Postmes, T., & Spears, R. (2012) Scientific misconduct and the myth of self-correction in science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 670-688. DOI: 10.1177/1745691612460687
  • Stroebe, W. & Strack, F. (2014). The alleged crisis and the illusion of exact replication. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 59-71.
  • Stroebe, W., van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Papies, E. K., & Aarts, H. (2013). Why most dieters fail buts ome succeed: A goal conflict model of eating behavior. Psychological Review, 130, 110-138. doi: 10.1037/a0030849

Other Publications:

  • Stroebe, W., Nijstad, B. A., & Rietzschel, E. F. (2010). Beyond productivity loss in brainstorming groups: The evolution of a question. Advances of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 158-210.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stroebe
Department of Social and Organizational Psychology
University of Groningen
Grote Kruisstraat 2/1
9712TS Groningen
The Netherlands

  • Phone: (+31) 50 36 36944

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