My work aims to better understand the social psychological processes that lead to social justice and peace on one hand and to prejudice and violence in and between societies on the other. I endorse an approach to social psychology that is ultimately concerned with building more peaceful and socially just societies in which pressing social issues are dealt with in constructive and non-violent ways, and that takes into account the multi-layered nature of social psychological phenomena with individual, group, and societal-level dimensions. This requires the use of multiple methods; recently, I have started to use Q methodology as a method that combines qualitative and quantitative features.
My research has focused on topics such ideology, intergroup conflict, authoritarianism, prejudice, and political attitudes, as well as, more generally, social psychological approaches to peace and conflict.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Intergroup Relations
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Cohrs, J. C., & Moschner, B. (2002). Zur kognitiven Konstruktion von (Un-)Gerechtigkeit militärischer Gewalt: Die moralische Beurteilung des Kosovo-Kriegs [Cognitive construction of the (un-)justness of military intervention: Moral evaluation of the Kosovo War]. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 33, 13-24.
- Krach, S., Cohrs, J. C., Cruz de Echeverría Loebell, N., Kircher, T., Sommer, J., Jansen, A., & Paulus, F. M. (2011). Your flaws are my pain: Linking empathy to vicarious embarrassment. PLOS One, 6 (4), e18675.
- Cohrs, J. C., Kämpfe-Hargrave, N., & Riemann, R. (2012). Individual differences in ideological attitudes and prejudice: Evidence from peer-report data. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 343-361.
- Fritsche, I., Cohrs, J. C., Kessler, T., & Bauer, J. (2012). Global warming is breeding social conflict: The subtle impact of climate change threat on authoritarian tendencies. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32, 1-10.
- 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.
- Cohrs, J. C., & Stelzl, M. (2010). How ideological attitudes predict host society members’ attitudes toward immigrants: Exploring cross-national differences. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 673-694.
- Cohrs, J. C., & Asbrock, F. (2009). Right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation and prejudice against threatening and competitive ethnic groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 270-289.
- Jugert, P., Cohrs, J. C., & Duckitt, J. (2009). Inter- and intrapersonal processes underlying authoritarianism: The role of social conformity and personal need for structure. European Journal of Personality, 23, 607-621.
- Cohrs, J. C., & Ibler, S. (2009). Authoritarianism, threat, and prejudice: An analysis of mediation and moderation. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 31, 81-94.
- White, M. P., Cohrs, J. C., & Göritz, A. S. (2008). The police officer's terrorist dilemma: Trust resilience following fatal errors. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 947-964.
- Kessler, T., & Cohrs, J. C. (2008). The evolution of authoritarian processes: Fostering cooperation in large-scale groups. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 12, 73-84.
- Cohrs, J. C., & Boehnke, K. (2008). Social psychology and peace: An introductory overview. Social Psychology, 39, 4-11.
- Ullrich, J., & Cohrs, J. C. (2007). Terrorism salience increases system justification: Experimental evidence. Social Justice Research, 20, 117-139.
- Cohrs, J. C., Maes, J., Moschner, B., & Kielmann, S. (2007). Determinants of human rights attitudes and behavior: A comparison and integration of psychological perspectives. Political Psychology, 28, 441-469.
- Cohrs, J. C., Moschner, B., Maes, J., & Kielmann, S. (2005). The motivational bases of right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation: Relations to values and attitudes in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1425-1434.
- Cohrs, J. C., Moschner, B., Maes, J., & Kielmann, S. (2005). Personal values and attitudes toward war. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 11, 293-312.
- Cohrs, J. C., Kielmann, S., Maes, J., & Moschner, B. (2005). Effects of right-wing authoritarianism and threat from terrorism on restriction of civil liberties. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 5, 263-276.
- Cohrs, J. C., Dimitrova, D., Kalchevska, T., Kleinke, S., Tomova, I., Vasileva, M., & Moschner, B. (2004). Ist patriotischer Nationalstolz wünschenswert? Eine differenzierte Analyse seiner psychologischen Bedeutung [Is patriotic national pride desirable? A differentiated analysis of its psychological meaning]. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 35, 201-215.
- Cohrs, J. C., & Moschner, B. (2002). Antiwar knowledge and generalized political attitudes as determinants of attitude toward the Kosovo War. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 8, 139-155.
- Cohrs, J. C. (2012). Ideological bases of violent conflict. In L. R. Tropp (Ed.), Oxford handbook of intergroup conflict (pp. 53-71). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Attitudes and Social Cognition
- Social Influence
- Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
J. Christopher Cohrs
Jacobs University Bremen
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus Ring 1
- Phone: +49 421 200 3421
- Fax: +49 421 200 3303
- Skype Name: chriscohrs