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Barbara Krahé

Barbara Krahé

Barbara Krahé is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her main research interests lie in the area of applied social psychology, in particular aggression research (sexual aggression, media violence and aggression; driving aggression) and social cognition research applied to legal decision-making (rape myths and biases in judgements about sexual assault). Her research has been funded by the German Research Foundation and the European Agency for Health and Consumers and conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sussex, the University of Michigan, and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology. She was Associate Editor of Aggressive Behavior from 2004 to 2014 and is editorial board member of several journals. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2015, she was awarded the German Psychology Prize.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Gender Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation


Journal Articles:

  • Prot, S., Gentile, D. A., Anderson, C. A., Suzuki, K., Swing, E., Lim, K. M., Horiuchi, Y., Jelic, M., Krahé, B., Liuqing, W., Liau, A., Khoo, A., Petrescu, P. D., Sakamoto, A., Tajima, S.., Toma, R., Warburton, W., Zhang, X.-M. & Lam, B. C. P. 2014). Long-term relations between prosocial media use, empathy, and prosocial behavior. Psychological Science, 25, 358-368.
  • Krahé, B, Waizenhöfer, E., & Möller, I. (2003). Women's sexual aggression against men: Prevalence and predictors. Sex Roles, 49, 219-232.
  • Krahé, B., Scheinberger-Olwig, R., & Schütze, S. (2001). Risk factors of sexual aggression and victimization among homosexual men. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 1385-1408.
  • Krahé, B., Scheinberger-Olwig, R., & Bieneck, S. (2003) Men's reports of nonconsensual sexual interactions with women: Prevalence and impact. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 32, 165-175.
  • Krahé, B., Möller, I., Huesmann, L. R., Kirwil, L., Felber, J., & Berger, A. (2011). Desensitization to media violence: Antecedents, consequences, and content specificity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 630-646.
  • Krahé, B., Möller, I., Berger, A., & Felber, J. (2011). Repression vs. sensitization in response to media violence as predictors of cognitive avoidance and vigilance. Journal of Personality, 78, 168-185.
  • Krahé, B., & Möller, I. (2010). Longitudinal effects of media violence on aggression and empathy among German adolescents. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 401-409.
  • Krahé, B., & Knappert, L. (2009). A group-randomized evaluation of a theatre-based sexual abuse prevention programme for primary school children in Germany. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 19, 321-329.
  • Krahé, B., Bieneck, S., & Scheinberger-Olwig, R. (2007). Adolescents' sexual scripts: Schematic representations of consensual and nonconsensual heterosexual interactions. Journal of Sex Research, 44, 316-327.
  • Krahé, B., Bieneck, S., & Möller, I. (2005). Understanding gender and intimate partner violence from an international perspective. Sex Roles, 52, 807-827.
  • Krahé, B., & Berger, A. (2013). Men and women as perpetrators and victims of sexual aggression in heterosexual and same-sex encounters: A study of first-year college students in Germany. Aggressive Behavior, 39, 391-404.
  • Krahé, B., Becker, J., & Zöllter, J. (2008). Contextual cues as a source of response bias in personality questionnaires: The Case of the NEO-FFI. European Journal of Personality, 22, 655-673.
  • Krahé, B. (1999). Repression and coping with the threat of rape. European Journal of Personality, 13, 15-26.
  • Krahé, B. (2005). Cognitive coping with the threat of rape: Vigilance and cognitive avoidance. Journal of Personality, 73, 609-643.
  • Krahé, B. (2014). Media violence use as a risk factor for aggressive behaviour in adolescence. European Review of Social Psychology, 25, 71-106.
  • Bieneck, S., & Krahé, B. (2011). Blaming the victim and exonerating the perpetrator in cases of rape and robbery: Is there a double standard? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 1785-1797.

Barbara Krahé
Department of Psychology
University of Potsdam
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24/25
14476 Potsdam

  • Phone: ++49-331-977-2877
  • Fax: ++49-331-977-2795

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