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Social Psychology
Dr. Frank Asbrock

Prof. Dr. Frank Asbrock

  Wilhelm-Raabe-Straße 43, 09120 Chemnitz, Room 4/013
  Phone: +49 (0)371 531 31678
  Consultation hours: Thursday 11am to 12noon 
  My profiles at ResearchGateGoogle Scholar and OSF

Academic career

since Sep 2019 Professor for Social Psychology
Positive interim evaluation of Junior Professorship
2015 – 2019
Junior Professor for Social Psychology
2011 – 2015
Scientific researcher at the Professorship of Social Psychology, Philipps-Universität Marburg
2008 – 2010
Postdoctoral fellowship at the post graduate programme group-focused enmity, Philipps-Universität Marburg 
September 2008
Graduation (Dr. phil.) in Psychology, Universität Bielefeld
Scientific researcher at the Professorship of Social Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
2005 – 2007
Postdoctoral fellowship at the post graduate programme group-focused enmity, Universität Bielefeld
1999 – 2004
Studies of Psychology, Universität Bielefeld

Research interests

  • The role of dispositional and situational factors in intergroup relations, threat perception, and prejudice: ideological attitudes (authoritarianism, social dominance orientation), social identity, fundamental dimensions of stereotypes

  • Intergroup contact and prejudice reduction

  • Dealing with cultural diversity: intergroup contact, threat perception, perception of social norms

  • Social hierarchies and social injustice

  • Political psychology

  • Nonverbal behavior

  • Hybrid Societies

Scientific activities

List of publications

Journal publications

Kauff, M., Asbrock, F., Schmid, K. (in press). Pro-diversity beliefs and intergroup relations. European Review of Social Psychology.

Goreis, A., Asbrock, F., Nater, U. M., & Mewes, R. (2020). What mediates the relationship between ethnic discrimination and stress? Coping strategies and perceived social support of Russian immigrants in Germany. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11.

Asbrock, F. & Albrecht, M. (2020). „Die trägt ja als Deutsche ein Kopftuch“ – Der Einfluss autoritärer Einstellungen auf die Wahrnehmung der Verletzung kultureller Normen. Zeitschrift für Religion Gesellschaft und Politik, 4(1), 105-126.

Haase, A., Asbrock, F., & Rohmann, A. (2020). Right‐wing authoritarianism and majority members’ preferences for minority acculturation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50(4), 827-838.

Kotzur, P. F., Friehs, M., Asbrock, F., & van Zalk, M. H. W. (2019). Stereotype Content of Refugee Subgroups in Germany. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49(7)1344-1358.

Janda, C., Asbrock, F., Herget, M., Kues, J. N., & Weise, C. (2019). Changing the perception of premenstrual dysphoric disorder- An online-experiment using the Stereotype Content Model. Women & Health, 59, 967-984. 

Meyer, B., & Asbrock, F. (2018). Disabled or cyborg? How bionics affect stereotypes toward people with physical disabilities.Frontiers in Psychology, 9

Van Assche, J., Asbrock, F., Dhont, K., & Roets, A. (2018). The diversity challenge for high and low authoritarians: Multilevel and longitudinal effects through intergroup contact and threat. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Van Assche, J., Asbrock, F., Roets, A., & Kauff, M. (2018). Positive neighborhood norms buffer ethnic diversity effects on neighborhood dissatisfaction, perceived neighorbood disadvantage, and moving intentions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Asbrock, F. & Van Hiel, A. (2017). An insiders’ outside perspective on the Flemish-Walloon conflict: The role of identification and disidentification for the German-speaking minority. Psychologica Belgica, 57, 115–131.

Kauff, M., Asbrock, F., Wagner, U., Pettigrew, T. F., Hewstone, M., Schäfer, S. J., & Christ, O. (2017). (Bad) feelings about meeting them? Episodic and chronic intergroup emotions associated with positive and negative intergroup contact as predictors of intergroup behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(1449).

Durante, F., Fiske, S. T., Gelfand, M., Crippa, F., Suttora, C., Stillwell, A., Asbrock, F., Aycan,, Z., Bye, H. H., Carlsson, R., Björklund, F., Daghir, M., Geller, A., Larsen, C. A., Latif, H., Mähönen, T. A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., & Teymoorio, A. (2017). Ambivalent stereotypes link to peace, conflict, and inequality across 38 nations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Brune, A., Asbrock, F., & Sibley, C. G. (2016). Meet your neighbours. Authoritarians engage in intergroup contact when they have the opportunity. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 26, 567–580. doi: 10.1002/casp.2289

Asbrock, F. & Kauff, M. (2015). Authoritarian disbeliefs in diversity. Journal of Social Psychology, 155, 553-558. doi:10.1080/00224545.2015.1038497

Kauff, M., Thörner, S., Wagner, U., Issmer, C., & Asbrock, F. (2015). When minority groups ‘misbehave’: The influence of perceived deviant behavior on increased threat and discriminatory intentions and the moderating role of Right-Wing Authoritarianism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 641–652. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2116

Retelsdorf, J., Schwartz, K., & Asbrock, F. (2015). „Michael can't read!"-Teachers' gender stereotypes and boys' reading self-concept. Journal of Educational Psychology, 107, 186-194. doi:10.1037/a0037107

Asbrock, F., Lemmer, G., Becker, J., Koller, J., & Wagner, U. (2014). “Who are these foreigners anyway?” – The content of the term foreigner and its impact on prejudice. Sage Open, 4(2), 1-8. doi:

Asbrock, F. & Fritsche, I. (2013). Authoritarian reactions to terrorist threat: Who is threatened, the Me or the We? International Journal of Psychology, 48, 35-49. doi:10.1080/00207594.2012.695075

Asbrock, F., Gutenbrunner, L., & Wagner, U. (2013). Unwilling, but not unaffected – Imagined contact effects for authoritarians and social dominators. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 404-412. doi:10.1002/ejsp.1956

Christ, O., Asbrock, F., Dhont, K., Pettigrew, T.F. & Wagner, U. (2013). The effects of the intergroup climate on immigrants' acculturation preferences. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 221, 252–257. doi:10.1027/2151-2604/a000155

Durante, F., Fiske, S. T., Kervyn, N., Cuddy, A. J. C., ... Asbrock, F., & Storari, C. C. (2013), Nations' income inequality predicts ambivalence in stereotype content: How societies mind the gap. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 726–746. doi:10.1111/bjso.12005

Kauff, M., Asbrock, F., Thörner, S., & Wagner, U. (2013). Side effects of multiculturalism - The interaction effect of a multicultural ideology and authoritarianism on prejudice and diversity beliefs. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 305-320. doi:

Sibley, C. G., Duckitt, J., Bergh, R., Osborne, D., Perry, R., Asbrock, F., Robertson. A., Armstrong, G., Wilson, M. S., & Barlow, F. K. (2013). A dual process model of attitudes towards immigration: Person x residential area effects in a national sample. Political Psychology, 34, 553-572. doi:10.1111/pops.12009

Asbrock, F., Christ. O., Duckitt, J., & Sibley, C. G. (2012). Differential effects of intergroup contact for authoritarians and social dominators: A Dual Process Model perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 477-490. doi:

Becker, J. C. & Asbrock, F. (2012). What triggers helping versus harming of ambivalent groups? Effects of warmth and competence on helping and harming warm but incompetent and cold but competent groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 19-27. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.06.015

Cohrs, J. C., Asbrock, F., & Sibley, C. G. (2012). Friend or foe, champ or chump? Social conformity and superiority goals activate warmth- versus competence-based social categorization schemas. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 471-478. doi:

Asbrock, F., Nieuwoudt, C. Duckitt, J., & Sibley, C. G. (2011). Societal Stereotypes and the legitimation of intergroup behaviour in Germany and New Zealand. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11, 154-179. doi:10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01242.x

Sibley, C. G., Stewart, K., Houkamau, C., Manuela, S., Perry, R., Wootton, L., Harding, J. F., Zhang, Y., Sengupta, N., Robertson, A., Hoverd, W. J., West-Newman, T., & Asbrock, F. (2011). Ethnic group stereotypes in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40, 25-36. [pdf

Asbrock, F. (2010). Stereotypes of social groups in Germany in terms of warmth and competence. Social Psychology, 41, 76-81. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000011

Asbrock, F., Sibley, C. G., & Duckitt, J. (2010). Right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation and the dimensions of generalized prejudice: A longitudinal test. European Journal of Personality, 24, 324–340. doi:10.1002/per.746

Sibley, C. G., Harding, J. F., Perry, R., Asbrock, F., & Duckitt, J. (2010). Personality and prejudice: Extension to the HEXACO personality model. European Journal of Personality, 24, 515-534. doi:10.1002/per.750

Cohrs, J. C. & Asbrock, F. (2009). Right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, and ethnic prejudice against threatening and competitive groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 270 - 289.

Asbrock, F., Christ, O., & Wagner, U. (2007). The road to negative behavior – Discriminatory intentions in the German population. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 1, 4-18.[abstract]


Book chapters

Asbrock F. (2020) Stereotype und Imaginationen. In: Hartwig S. (Hrsg.) Behinderung (S. 237-240). Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.

Zill, A., Asbrock, F., & Knoll, M. (2020). Vorurteile gegenüber Migranten [Prejudices against immigrants]. In L.-E. Petersen & B. Six (Hrsg.), Stereotype, Vorurteile und soziale Diskriminierung: Theorien, Befunde und Interventionen (2. Auflage, S.162-172)Weinheim: Beltz.

Asbrock, F., Kaiser, V., Pollmanns, C. & Corlett, D. (2019). Diskriminierungserfahrungen und ihre Folgen für die Betroffenen. Eine Befragung unter Chemnitzer Studierenden nach den Ausschreitungen in Chemnitz 2018. In H. Friese, M. Nolden & M. Schreiter (Hrsg.), Rassismus im Alltag. Theoretische und empirische Perspektiven nach Chemnitz (S. 179-194). Bielefeld: transcript.

Bosak, J., Asbrock, F., & Meyer, B. (2018). Salience of category. In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Basel: Springer International Publishing.

Asbrock, F. (2017). Vom Verlust der Kontrolle. In U. Backes, A. Gallus & E. Jesse (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch Extremismus & Demokratie (29. Jahrgang, S. 323-326). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.

Asbrock, F. & Fritsche, I. (2017). Reaktionen auf terroristische Bedrohung und das Bedürfnis nach Sicherheit. In A. Yendell, G. Pickel & K. Dörner (Hrsg.), Innere Sicherheit in Sachsen. Beiträge zu einer kontroversen Debatte (S. 66-74) . Leipzig: Edition Leipzig.

Asbrock, F., Kauff, M., Issmer, C., Christ, O., Pettigrew, T. F. & Wagner, U. (2012). Kontakt hilft – auch wenn die Politik es nicht immer leicht macht. In W. Heitmeyer (Hrsg.), Deutsche Zustände, Folge 10 (S. 199-219). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Asbrock, F., Lemmer, G., Wagner, U., Becker, J. & Koller, J. (2009). Das Gefühl macht den Unterschied – Emotionen gegenüber „Ausländern“ in Ost- und Westdeutschland. In W. Heitmeyer (Hrsg.), Deutsche Zustände, Folge 7 (S. 152-167). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Asbrock, F., Wagner, U. & Christ, O. (2006). Diskriminierung. Folgen der Feindseligkeit. In W. Heitmeyer (Hrsg.), Deutsche Zustände, Folge 4 (S. 156-175). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.


Further publications

Asbrock, F., Dilba, D., Führer, J. & Pollmanns, C. (2019). Die Situation in Chemnitz – Stimmungen nach dem August 2018. Forschungsbericht. Technische Universität Chemnitz.

Beierlein, C., Asbrock, F., Kauff, M. & Schmidt, P. (2014). Die Kurzskala Autoritarismus-3 (KSA-3): Ein ökonomisches Messinstrument zur Erfassung dreier Subdimensionen autoritärer Einstellungen. GESIS Working Papers. Köln: GESIS.

Wagner, U. & Asbrock, F. (2014). Fremd sein in Deutschland – Ausgrenzung und Diskriminierung. Dreizehn – Zeitschrift für Jugendsozialarbeit, 12, 18-21.


Press Articles