Sven Waldzus

Sven Waldzus
Research Group Coordinator; Full Member
Habilitation ("Agregação"), ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon (2011)

Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in Social Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (1999)

M.A. (Diploma) in Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (1993)  

Research Interests

In general, I am interested in the social psychology of intergroup relations.

Currently my research focuses on

- the role of relative prototypicality of groups as a basis of attitudes towards those groups.

- evaluative judgments that serve as criteria for the social exclusion and the extremely negative treatment of deviants.

- the role of cognitive models of social relations and their embodiment in intergroup behaviour.

These issues are linked to social cognition, emotions and social identity.


Golec, A. d. Z., Waldzus, S. & Cypryanska, M. (2014). Prejudice towards gay men and a need for physical cleansing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology., 54, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.04.001

Dumont, K. & Waldzus, S. (2014). Group-based guilt and reparation in the context of social change. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44, 331-341 doi: 10.1111/jasp.12224

Waldzus, S., Schubert, T. W., Paladino., M.-P. (2012). Are attitudes the problem, and do psychologists have the answer? Relational cognition underlies intergroup relations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 449-450

Rosa, R. & Waldzus, S. (2012). Efficiency and defense motivated ingroup projection: Sources of protoypicality in intergroup relations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,48, 3, 669-681. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.12.004.

Brito, R., Waldzus, S., Sekerdej, M. & Schubert, T.W. (2011): The contexts and structures of relating to others: How memberships in different types of groups shape the construction of interpersonal relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28 (3), 406-431

Schubert, T.W., Waldzus, S. & Seibt, B. (2011). More than a metaphor: How the understanding of power is grounded in experience In A. Maass & T. W. Schubert (Eds.), Spatial dimensions of social thought (pp. 153-185). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

Kessler, T., Neumann, J, Mummendey, A., Bertholt, A., Schubert, T.W. & Waldzus, S. (2010) How Do We Assign Punishment? The Impact of Minimal and Maximal Standards on the Evaluation of Deviants. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 (9), 1213-1224

Waldzus, S. (2010). Complexity of superordinate self-categories and ingroup projection. In R. J. Crisp (Ed.). The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity (pp. 224-254). Wiley-Blackwell: Malden.

Schubert, T.W., Waldzus, S. &, Giessner, S. (2009). Control over the association of power and size, Social Cognition, 27, 1-19

Waldzus, S. (2009): The ingroup projection model. In S.Otten, T.Kessler & K.Sassenberg (Eds.). Intergroup relations: The role of motivation and emotion. (pp. 41-60) London, UK: Psychology Press.

Schubert, T.W., Waldzus, S. & Seibt, B. (2008) The Embodiment of Power and Communalism in Space and Bodily Contact. In G.R. Semin & E.R. Smith (Eds.), Embodied grounding: Social, cognitive, affective, and neuroscientific approaches. (pp. 160-183)  New York: Cambridge University Press

Waldzus, S. & Wenzel, M. (2008). Das Eigengruppenprojektionsmodel [O modelo da projecção endogrupal].  In:  L.E. Petersen & B. Six (Eds.) Stereotype, Vorurteile und soziale Diskriminierung - Theorien, Befunde und Interventionen (pp. 240 – 248). Weinheim: Beltz.

Wenzel, M & Waldzus, S. (2008). Die Theorie der Selbstkategorisierung [A teoria da auto-categoriazação].  In:  L.E. Petersen & B. Six (Eds.) Stereotype, Vorurteile und soziale Diskriminierung - Theorien, Befunde und Interventionen (231 – 239). Weinheim: Beltz

Alexandre, J., Monteiro, M. B. & Waldzus, S. (2007): More than comparing with majorities: The importance of alternative comparisons between children from different minority groups. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. 7, 2, 201-212

Wenzel, M, Mummendey, A, & Waldzus, Sven. 2007. "Superordinate identities and intergroup conflict: The ingroup projection model", European Review of Social Psychology, 18: 331 – 372.

Utz, S., Van Lange, P.A.M., Green, E., Waldzus, S. & Bovina, Inna (2005). Mary honest always friendly and is: Can scrambled sentences enhance prosocial motivation? Representative Research in Social Psychology, 28, 59-70

Waldzus, S., Mummendey, A., & Wenzel, M (2005). When "Different" Means "Worse": Ingroup prototypicality in changing intergroup contexts, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 41, 76-83

Mummendey, A. & Waldzus, S. (2004). National differences and European plurality: Discrimination or tolerance between European countries. In R.Herrmann, T. Risse, & M.B. Brewer (Eds.), Transnational identities: Becoming European in the EU (pp. 59-72) Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield

Waldzus, S. & Mummendey, A. (2004). Inclusion in a superordinate category, ingroup prototypicality, and attitudes towards outgroups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 466-477

Waldzus, S., Mummendey, A., Wenzel, M., & Boetcher, F. (2004). Of bikers, teachers and Germans: Groups' diverging views about their prototypicality. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 385-400

Waldzus, S., Mummendey, A., Wenzel, M., & Weber, U. (2003). Towards tolerance: Representations of superordinate categories and perceived ingroup prototypicality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 31-47

Wenzel, M., Mummendey, A., Weber, U., & Waldzus, S. (2003). The ingroup as Pars pro Toto: Projection from the ingroup onto the inclusive category as a precursor to social discrimination. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 461-473

Weber, U., Mummendey, A., & Waldzus, S. (2002). Perceived legitimacy of intergroup status differences: its prediction by relative ingroup prototypicality. European Journal of Social Psychology, 32, 449-470

Waldzus, S. & Schubert, T.W. (2000). Group norm and category norm in anonymous situations: Two sources of social influence. In T.Postmes, R. Spears, M. Lea, & S. Reicher (Eds.), SIDE issues centre stage: Recent developements in studies of de-individuation in groups (pp. 31-45). Amsterdam: KNAW

Frindte, W., Funke, F., & Waldzus, S. (1996). Xenophobia and right-wing-extremism in German youth groups - Some evidence against unidimensional misinterpretations. International Journal of Intercultural Relations., 20, 463-478





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