Foto: Christian Hüller
Foto: Christian Hüller

Short Profile

Immo Fritsche has been Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Leipzig since 2011. He conducts research on fundamental processes of collective thought and action ("social identity") and the role of basic psychological needs - such as the need for control - in explaining human social behavior. In addition, his research is concerned with the application of these processes to the explanation and resolution of social challenges. The focus here is on the social psychology of environmental crisis and research on intergroup conflict (e.g., polarization, radicalization), political attitudes, and collective action.

Working experience

  • seit 10/2011
    Professor of Social Psychology at Leipzig University
  • 04/2008 - 09/2009
    Substitute professor at the Department of Social Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • 02/2003 - 09/2011
    Research assistant and academic councillor at the Department of Social Psychology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 01/1999 - 01/2003
    Research assistant at the Department of Social and Personality Psychology at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 10/1994 - 12/1998
    Student and Research Assistant at the Department of Social Psychology, University of Potsdam

Education

  • 02/2003 - 05/2009
    Habilitation in Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • 01/1999 - 06/2002
    Dr. phil. in the field of Social and Environmental Psychology, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • 10/1992 - 09/1998
    Diploma study program Psychology, University of Potsdam

Immo Fritsche conducts research on fundamental processes of collective thought and action ("social identity") and on basic psychological needs (e.g., control). He also applies these processes to the explanation and solution of social challenges. The focus here is on the social psychology of environmental crisis and research on intergroup conflict (e.g., polarization, radicalization), political attitudes, and collective action. The research is quantitative-experimental in nature.

 

Publications (Selection)

  • Fritsche, I., Barth, M., Jugert, P., Masson, T., & Reese, G. (2018). A social identity model of pro-environmental action (SIMPEA). Psychological Review125(2), 245.
  • Barth, M., Jugert, P., & Fritsche, I. (2016). Still underdetected–Social norms and collective efficacy predict the acceptance of electric vehicles in Germany. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour37, 64-77.
  • Jugert, P., Greenaway, K. H., Barth, M., Büchner, R., Eisentraut, S., & Fritsche, I. (2016). Collective efficacy increases pro-environmental intentions through increasing self-efficacy. Journal of Environmental Psychology48, 12-23.
  • Jonas, E., McGregor, I., Klackl, J., Agroskin, D., Fritsche, I., Holbrook, C., ... & Quirin, M. (2014). Threat and defense: From anxiety to approach. In Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 49, pp. 219-286). Academic Press.
  • Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., Ablasser, C., Beyer, M., Kuban, J., Manger, A. M., & Schultz, M. (2013). The power of we: Evidence for group-based control. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology49(1), 19-32.
  • Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., & Kessler, T. (2011). Collective reactions to threat: Implications for intergroup conflict and for solving societal crises. Social Issues and Policy Review5(1), 101-136.
  • Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., Kayser, D. N., & Koranyi, N. (2010). Existential threat and compliance with pro-environmental norms. Journal of Environmental Psychology30(1), 67-79.
  • Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., & Fankhänel, T. (2008). The role of control motivation in mortality salience effects on ingroup support and defense. Journal of personality and social psychology95(3), 524.
  • Jonas, E., Martens, A., Niesta Kayser, D., Fritsche, I., Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2008). Focus theory of normative conduct and terror-management theory: the interactive impact of mortality salience and norm salience on social judgment. Journal of personality and social psychology95(6), 1239.

 

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