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Prof. Dr. Gerd Bohner

Professor of Social Psychology and Experimental Research on Gender, Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft, Bielefeld University

Network Professorship

social psychology


For a full CV, see weblink below.

Focus of Work

Social cognition and motivation (especially persuasion, social influence, stereotyping, effects of moods, emotions and other subjective experiences, applications to advertising); attitudes and social cognitions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment; social and emotional aspects of human-machine interaction; gender differences from evolutionary and socio-cultural perspectives; methods of social psychology, especially indirect attitude measures

Research and Practice projects (selection)

2019 - 2021
Revised version of the Acceptance of Modern Myths About Sexual Aggression scale (AMMSA 2.0)

Publications (selection)

Bohner, G., Ahlborn, K., & Steiner, R. (2010). How sexy are sexist men? Women's perception of male response profiles in the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory. Sex Roles, 62, 568-582. doi:10.1007/s11199-009-9665-x

Diehl, C., Glaser, T., & Bohner, G. (2014). Face the consequences: Learning about victims' suffering reduces sexual harassment myth acceptance and men's likelihood to sexually harass. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 489-503. doi:10.1002/ab.21553

Glaser, T., Dickel, N., Liersch, B., Rees, J., Süssenbach, P., & Bohner, G. (2015). Lateral attitude change. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 19, 257-276. doi:10.1177/1088868314546489

Helmke, S., Kobusch, P.-R., Rees, J. H., Meyer, T., & Bohner, G. (2014). Beliefs about the Strauss-Kahn case in France and Germany: Political orientation and sexual aggression myths as local versus global predictors. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 8, 171-186. doi:10.4119/UNIBI/ijcv.375

Milesi, P., Bohner, G., Süssenbach, P., & Megías, J. L. (in press). The interplay of modern myths about sexual aggression and moral foundations in the blaming of rape victims. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Montañés, P., de Lemus, S., Bohner, G., Megías, J. L., Moya, M., & García-Retamero, R. (2012). Intergenerational transmission of benevolent sexism from mothers to daughters and its relation to daughters' academic performance and goals. Sex Roles, 66, 468-478.  doi:10.1007/s11199-011-0116-0

Süssenbach, P., Eyssel, F., Rees, J., & Bohner, G. (2017). Looking for blame: Rape myth acceptance and attention to victim and perpetrator. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32, 2323-2344. doi:10.1177/0886260515591975

Websitelink to my Publications


attitudes, sexism, sexual harassment, sexual violence, social influence, social cognition


Social Sciences