Prof. Dr. Jan Crusius

Chair Emotion & Motivation

Raum: 308
Sprechzeit: nach Vereinbarung
Tel.: +49 (0)3834 420 3781


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Research interests

Social emotions • Social comparison • Personal motives • Conflict and cooperation • Imitation • Virtual Reality


  • Schermer, J. A., Rogoza, R., Kwiatkowska, M. M., Kowalski, C. M., Aquino, S., Ardi, R., … Crusius, J. … Krammer, G. (2023). Humor styles across 28 countries. Current Psychology, 42(19), 16304-16319.
  • Genschow, O., Sauerland, M., Crusius, J., & Friese, M. (2023). Wissenschaftskommunikation wissenschaftlich arbeitender Psycholog_innen im deutschsprachigen Raum [Science communication from scientifically active psychologists in the German-speaking countries: An empirical evaluation of the current situation]. Psychologische Rundschau, 74(2), 107–120.
    [pdf][preprint] [open data and materials]
  • Unkelbach, C., Alves, H., Baldwin, M., Crusius, J., Diel, K., Galinsky, A. D., Gast, A., Hofmann, W., Imhoff, R., Genschow, O., Lammers, J., Pauels, E., Schneider, I. K., Topolinski, S., Westfal, M., & Mussweiler, T. (2023). Relativity in social cognition: Basic processes and novel applications of social comparisons. European Review of Social Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Lange, J., & Crusius, J. (2022). How envy and being envied shape social hierarchies. In S. Protasi (Ed.), The moral psychology of envy (pp. 41-59). Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Crusius, J., Corcoran, K., & Mussweiler, T. (2022). Social comparison: A review of theory, research, and applications. In D. Chadee (Ed.), Theories in social psychology (2nd ed., pp. 165-187). Wiley.
  • Crusius, J. (2022). Soziale Vergleiche [Social comparisons]. In P. Ozimek, H.-W. Bierhoff, E. Rohmann, & S. Hanke (Eds.), Angewandte Sozialpsychologie: Ein Lehrbuch (pp. 27-41). Kohlhammer.
  • Genschow, O., Westfal, M., Crusius, J., Bartosch, L., Feikes, K. I., Pallasch, N., & Wozniak, M. (2021). Does social psychology persist over half a century? A direct replication of Cialdini et al.’s (1975) classic door-in-the-face technique. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 120(2), e1–e7.
    [preprint] [open data and materials]
  • Lange, J., Blatz, L., & Crusius, J. (2018). Dispositional envy: A conceptual review. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of personality and individual differences. Volume III: Applications of personality and individual differences (pp. 424–439). SAGE.
  • McCarthy, R. J., Skowronski, J. J., Verschuere, B., Meijer, E. H., Jim, A., Hoogesteyn, K., … Blatz, L., … Crusius, J., … Yıldız, E. (2018). Registered Replication Report on Srull and Wyer (1979). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(3), 321–336.
    [open data and materials]
  • Verschuere, B., Meijer, E. H., Jim, A., Hoogesteyn, K., Orthey, R., McCarthy, R. J., … Blatz, L., … Crusius, J., … Yıldız, E (2018). Registered Replication Report on Mazar, Amir, and Ariely (2008). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(3), 299–317.
    [open data and materials]
  • Crusius*, J., & Lange*, J. (2017). How do people respond to threatened social status? Moderators of benign versus malicious envy. In R. H. Smith, U. Merlone, & M. K. Duffy (Eds.), Envy at work and in organizations (pp. 85–110). Oxford University Press.
    [pdf] *equal contribution
  • Corcoran, K., & Crusius, J. (2016). Sozialer Vergleich [Social comparison]. In D. Frey & H.-W. Bierhoff (Eds.), Sozialpsychologie - Soziale Motive und Soziale Einstellungen, Enzyklopädie der Psychologie (Vol. C/VI/2, pp. 87–106). Hogrefe.
  • Appel, H., Crusius, J., & Gerlach, A. (2015). Social comparison, envy, and depression on Facebook: A study looking at the effects of high comparison standards on depressed individuals. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34(4), 277–289.
  • Crusius, J., & Lange, J. (2015). Envy. In M. Altman (Ed.), Real world decision making: An encyclopaedia of behavioral economics (pp. 122-123). Greenwood.
  • Corcoran, K., & Crusius, J. (2014). Warum sozialpsychologische Forschung für die Rechtswissenschaften von Interesse ist [Why social psychological research is of interest for law]. Austrian Law Journal, 1, 40–47.
  • Open Science Collaboration. (2014). The reproducibility project: A model of large-scale collaboration for empirical research on reproducibility. In V. Stodden, F. Leisch, & R. D. Peng (Eds.), Implementing reproducible computational research (pp. 299–324). Taylor & Francis.
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). Des einen Freud, des anderen ... [One person's joy is another's ...]. Gehirn&Geist, 10, 18–23.
  • Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2012). To achieve or not to achieve? Comparative mindsets elicit assimilation and contrast in goal priming. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(6), 780–788.
  • Mussweiler, T., Todd, A. R., & Crusius, J. (2012). The cognitive underpinnings of social behavior: Selectivity in social cognition. In P. Hammerstein & J. R. Stevens (Eds.), Strüngmann Forum Reports: Vol. 11. Evolution and the mechanisms of decision making (pp. 275–286). MIT Press.
  • Corcoran, K., Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2011). Social comparison: Motives, standards, and mechanisms. In D. Chadee (Ed.), Theories in social psychology (pp. 119–139). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hanko, K., Crusius, J., & Mussweiler, T. (2010). When I and me are different: Assimilation and contrast in temporal self-comparisons. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(1), 160–168.
  • Schubert, T., & Crusius, J. (2002). Five theses on the book problem: Presence in books, film and VR. In F. R. Gouveia & F. Biocca (Eds.), Proceedings of the fifth international workshop on presence (pp. 53–59). Porto, Portugal: Universidad Fernando Pessoa.

Academic distinctions

  • University of Cologne Teaching Award 2020 (together with Anne Gast, Fabia Högden, and Psychology Student Council) for introductory teaching program How does psychological science work?, Feb 2021
  • Seedcorn Grant SpAM3-VR: Can Virtual Reality Elucidate Dimensions of Conceptual Space? (together with Lisa Blatz, Felix Speckmann, and Alex Koch), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2018-2019
  • DFG research unit FOR 2150 Relativity in social cognition Co-Principal Investigator of Project 3 (P3, PI: Sascha Topolinski) Verticality and social upward/downward comparisons (TO 705/4-2), 2017
  • Seedcorn Grant Why does entitlement foster dominance instead of prestige? (together with Jens Lange, & Liz Redford), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2017
  • UoC Advanced Postdoc GrantWhen Pride and Envy Collide: Societal Determinants and Consequences of Status-Related Emotions, awarded by the University of Cologne, 2015

In the media

Oct, 20 2023 | WSJ
Turn your envy into a super power | The Wall Street Journal | by Kara Cutruzulla

Feb, 18 2023 | DER SPIEGEL
Ist es schlimm, seine Freundinnen zu beneiden? [Is it bad to envy your friends?] | Der Spiegel | Interview with Jan Crusius by Helene Flachsenberg

Oct, 20 2022 | The Atlantic
Envy, the Happiness Killer | The Atlantic | by Arthur C. Brooks

Sep, 23 2022 | ZDF
Was macht Neid mit uns? [What does envy do to us?] | ZDF Terra X with Jan Crusius | by Jasmina Neudecker

Nov, 25 2021 | WDR 5
Darauf bin ich stolz! [This is what I'm proud about!] | Radio feature about the benefits of pride with Jan Crusius | by Andi Ueding

Neidrepublik Deutschland? : Was der Umgang mit dem Glück der anderen über uns aussagt [What dealing with the luck of the others tells about us] | Interview with Jan Crusius

Corona-Impfung: So kommen wir mit dem Impfneid klar [Corona vaccination: How to deal with with vaccination envy] | Radio interview

Overcoming Psychological Biases Is the Best Treatment against COVID-19 Yet | Media Coverage of Lammers, Crusius & Gast, PNAS | By Lydia Denworth