Societal relevance and methodological rigor are the key drivers of my research

Kevin Winter


My research centers on rigid attitudes and ways to overcome them by means of enhancing cognitive flexibility. Mostly, I investigate the role of communication as a form of social influence that can reduce biases resulting from stereotypes and prejudice.
Other topics I examine include possibilities to build interpersonal as well intergroup trust, and the consequences of conspirational thinking.

  • Sassenberg, K.*, Winter, K.*, Becker, D., Ditrich, L., Scholl, A., & Moskowitz, G. B. (2022). Flexibility mindsets: Reducing biases that result from spontaneous processing. European Review of Social Psychology, 33(1), 171-213, *shared first-authorship
  • Knab, N.,* Winter, K.,* & Steffens, M. C. (2021). Flexing the extremes: Increasing cognitive flexibility with a paradoxical leading questions intervention. Social Cognition, 39(2), 225-242. *Shared first-authorship.
  • Winter, K., Scholl, A., & Sassenberg, K. (2021). A matter of flexibility: Changing outgroup attitudes through messages with negations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 120(4), 956-976.
  • Political Psychology (seminar)
  • Social influence (research seminar & project)
  • Cooperation in teams (research seminar & project)
  • Bachelor and Master theses
  • Since 2019: Post-Doctoral researcher /  Social Processes Lab, IWM, Tuebingen, Germany 
  • 2019: PhD (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude), University of Tuebingen; receiver of the university’s dissertation award
  • 2018: Visiting scholar at University of Groningen (NL)
  • 2016 – 2019: PhD Student / Social Processes Lab, IWM Tuebingen, Germany
  • 2016: MSc in Psychology (cum laude), University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (FG Sozialpsychologie)
  • Fachnetzwerk Sozialpsychologie zu Flucht und Integration