Rainer Greifeneder

My research focuses on how individuals make sense of the social world in which they live, and how this social world influences their thinking and feeling. I am particularly interested in the impact feelings have on judgment and decisions, and on individuals’ experience and perception of social ostracism.

I head the Center for Social Psychology at the University of Basel.

I am also heading the Social, Economic, and Decision Making PhD-Program and the Graduate School of Psychology.

I am serving on various department and university committees, including the Regenz.

You can find out more about me on ResearchGate and LinkedIn.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Greifeneder

Professor (Sozialpsychologie)


Missionsstrasse 64A
4055 Basel

Nahon, L. S., Teige-Mocigemba, S., Reber, R., & Greifeneder, R. (in press). Truth Feels Easy: Knowing Information is True Enhances Experienced Processing Fluency. Cognition.

Jaffé, M., & Greifeneder, R. (in press). Negative or Negated, thus True? An Investigation of Concept Valence and Semantic Negation as Drivers of Framing Effects in Judgments of Truth. Social Cognition.

Rudert, S. C., Janke, S., & Greifeneder, R. (in press). The experience of ostracism over the adult life span. Developmental Psychology.

Greifeneder, R., Jaffé, M. E., Newman, E. J., & Schwarz, N. (Eds.). (2020). The psychology of fake news: Accepting, sharing, and correcting misinformation. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429295379 Open access

Rudert, S. C., Keller, M. D., Hales, A. H., Walker, M., & Greifeneder, R. (2020). Who gets ostracized? A personality perspective on risk and protective factors of ostracism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 118, 1247–1268. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000271

Eck, J., Schoel, C., Reinhard, M. A., & Greifeneder, R. (2020). When and why being ostracized affects veracity judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46, 454 –468. doi: 10.1177/0146167219860135

Rudert, S. C., Ruf, S., & Greifeneder, R. (2020). Whom to Punish? How observers sanction norm-violating behavior in ostracism situations. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 376-391. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2606

Jaffé, M., Rudert, S. C., & Greifeneder, R. (2019). You should go for diversity, but I’d rather stay with similar others: Social distance modulates the preference for diversity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85. doi: j.jesp.2019.103881

Rudert, S. C., Greifeneder, R., & Williams, K. D. (Eds.). (2019). Current Directions in Ostracism, Social Exclusion and Rejection Research. London and New York: Routledge.

Douneva, M., Jaffé, M., & Greifeneder, R. (2019). Toss and Turn or Toss and Stop? A Coin Flip Reduces the Need for Information in Decision-Making. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 83, 132-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2019.04.003

Tafani, E., Roux, E., & Greifeneder, R. (2018). In the mood for action: When negative program-induced mood improves the behavioral effectiveness of TV commercials. Journal of Business Research, 84, 125-140. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.11.023

Unkelbach, C., & Greifeneder, R. (2018). Experiential fluency and declarative advice jointly inform judgments of truth. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 78-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2018.06.010

Greifeneder, R., Bless, H., & Fiedler, K. (2018). Social cognition: How individuals construct social reality (2nd ed.). Hove: Psychology Press.

Rudert, S. C., Sutter, D., Corrodi, V. C., & Greifeneder, R. (2018). Who’s to Blame? Dissimilarity as a Cue in Moral Judgments of Observed Ostracism Episodes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 31-53. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000122

Walker, M., Schönborn, S., Greifeneder, R., & Vetter, T. (2018). The Basel Face Database: A validated set of photographs reflecting systematic differences in Big Two and Big Five personality dimensions. PloS one, 13. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193190

Reutner, L., & Greifeneder, R. (2018). It takes time (not money) to understand: Money reduces attentiveness to common ground in communication. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 74, 212-217. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2017.09.014

Reber, R., & Greifeneder, R. (2017). Processing Fluency in Education: How Metacognitive Feelings Shape Learning, Belief Formation, and Affect. Educational Psychologist, 52, 84-103. doi: 10.1080/00461520.2016.1258173

Rudert, S., & Greifeneder, R. (2016). When it's okay that I don't play: Social norms and the situated construal of social exclusion. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 955-969. doi:10.1177/0146167216649606

Reinhard, M.-A., Greifeneder, R., & Scharmach, M. (2013). Unconscious processes improve lie detection. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 721-739. doi:10.1037/a0034352.

Greifeneder, R., Bless, H., & Pham, M. T. (2011). When do people rely on affective and cognitive feelings in judgment? A review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15, 107-141.

Scheibehenne, B., Greifeneder, R., & Todd, P. M. (2010). Can there ever be too many options? A meta-analytic review of choice overload. Journal of Consumer Research, 37, 409-425.

Greifeneder, R., Alt. A., Bottenberg, K., Seele, T., Zelt, S., & Wagener, D. (2010). On writing legibly: Processing fluency systematically biases evaluations of handwritten material. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 230-237.

You can find an automated list of my publications here.

I am regularly teaching lectures and seminars on social psychology and consumer behavior.

You can find an automated list of my currenct and upcoming courses here.

For my teaching, I was awarded the University of Basel Teaching Excellence Award 2019 "Starke Fundamente".

The students of the Department of Psychology of the University of Basel have awarded me their prize for excellent teaching in 2017 and 2019.

2011     Habilitation, University of Mannheim, Germany, Venia Legendi Psychology

2007     PhD, Social Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany

2003     Graduate Studies, Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany

2002     Graduate Studies, Fulbright Scholar, Social Psychology, University of Virginia, USA

2001     Undergraduate Studies, Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany

Consulting Editor: Emotion; Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; Social Influence; Zeitschrift für Psychologie

Adhoc Reviewing:Acta Psychologica; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Basic and Applied Social Psychology; British Journal of Social Psychology; Cognition; Cognition and Emotion; Current Directions in Psychological Science; Emotion; European Journal of Cognitive Psychology; European Journal of Marketing; European Journal of Social Psychology; Experimental Psychology; International Journal of Psychology; Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; Journal of Consumer Behavior; Journal of Economic Psychology; Journal of Experimental Child Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; L’Année Psychologique; Marketing ZFP; Memory & Cognition; Motivation and Emotion; Personality and Individual Differences; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; Perspectives on Psychological Science; Psychological Bulletin; Psychology & Marketing; Psychology of Popular Media Culture; Science; Social Cognition; Social Psychology; Social Psychological and Personality Science; Social Justice Research; Soziale Welt; Swiss Journal of Psychology; Weather, Climate, and Society

Member SNSF Eccellenza committee in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Swiss National Science Foundation
Mentor Swiss Study Foundation
Member Ethics Committee, Department of Psychology, University of Basel
Chairman Executive Committee Graduate School of Psychology, University of Basel
Member University PhD Committee, Universität Basel
Member Commission Scientific Award of the City of Basel, Switzerland
Member Regenz, University of Basel
Director Ph.D.-Program Social-, Economic and Decision Psychology (SED-PSY)
Member University Library Committee, University of Basel