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Social Psychology
Social Psychology

M.Sc. Alexandra Cook

  Scientific Researcher
  Wilhelm-Raabe-Straße 43, 09120 Chemnitz, Room 4/206A
  Phone: +49 (0)371 531 33465
  Consultation hours by arrangement



Academic career

WS 15/16,
16/17, 18/19
Lecturer at the Professorship of Social Psychology (TU Chemnitz)
Seit 2014
Scientific researcher at the Professorship of Organizational and Economic Psychology (TU Chemnitz)
2010 - 2014
Master of Science, Psychology (TU Chemnitz and University of Vienna)
2007 - 2010
Bachelor of Science, Psychology (TU Chemnitz) 


Research interests

  • Informal leadership in work teams

  • Working with chronic illnesses

  • Behavior-based assessment of social variables

  • Social network analysis

  • Ethological approaches to organizational behavior

  • Assessment of interpersonal behavior via Sociometric Badges


Social Psychology

  • Negotiation

  • Stereotypes and prejudices

Organizational & Economic Psychology

  • Observational methods in organizational psychology (Bachelor)

  • Dysfunctions in teams (Master)

  • Teams and work groups in organizations (Bachelor)

  • Employee selection and HRM (Bachelor)

  • Behavioral economics (Bachelor)

  • Business psychology (Master)

Ad-hoc Reviews

  • Academy of Management Perspectives (Editorial Team Member)

  • German Journal of Human Resource Management

  • Human Relations

  • Small Group Research


Journal articles (peer reviewed)

Cook, A. (S.), Meyer, B., Gockel, C. & Zill, A. (in press). Adapting leadership perceptions across tasks: The micro origins of informal leadership transitions. Small Group Research.

Book chapter

Cook, A. (S.) & Meyer, B. (2017). Assessing leadership behavior with observational and sensor-based methods: A brief overview. In B. Schyns, P. Neves, & R. Hall (Eds.) Handbook of Methods in Leadership Research (pp. 73-102). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Conference talks

Cook A. (2018). An ethological approach towards the analysis of dyadic behavior in informal leadership research. Academy of Management Proceedings. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2018.12003abstract

Cook, A., Meyer, B., & Gockel, C. (2017). Facing change –The impact of face-to-face contact on leadership perceptions in a new team task. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Altanta, USA.

Cook, A., Meyer, B., & Gockel, C. (2017). Informal leadership transitions in teams - The role of perceived change in comptenence and interpersonal behavior. Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), St. Louis, USA.

Cook, A., Meyer, B., & Gockel, C. (2017). Change the task - change the leader? The impact of face-to-face contact on changes in leadership perceptions. 18th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Dublin, Ireland.

Cook, A. (2016). It’s not just what I do – It’s what we do! Towards the analysis of dyadic behavior in informal leadership research. 15th International Studying Leadership Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cook, A. & Krauth, J. F. (2016). Informal leadership behavior in the presence of formal leadership hierarchies - The impact of leadership motives and activity on leadership perceptions in teams. 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.

Cook, A. (2015). Identifying the Alphas: The assessment of emergent leadership via behavioral parameters using wearable sensors. 17th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Oslo, Norway.


Cook, A. (S.), & Landwehr, J. (2018). Machiavellianism in Action – A pilot study on personality and interaction behavior in a UN simulation. 51. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Cook, A. & Ruckau, S. (2016). Die Einsatzfähigkeit tragbarer Sensoren zu Konsumentenforschung an Messeständen [Using wearable sensors in consumer research at trade fair booths]. 50. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Leipzig, Germany.

Press Articles