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My research lies at the intersection of social-psychological research on stereotyping and prejudice, cognitive psychology, and methodology. In my work, I use basic laboratory methods to study attitudes and social cogniton as these topics pertain to broad questions of intergroup relations, stereotyping, prejudice, and other social topics in modern societies. Discussions around these social problems are often replete with assumptions about human cognition, such as claims about inequality stemming from “unconscious racism”, or claims that people should be more or less “colorblind” or “multicultural”. My contribution to these debates is to ask: What are the empirical grounds for such claims? On what assumptions about basic human cognition do they rest? Are those assumptions justified given the available evidence? Using experimental laboratory methods, I try to advance our understanding of the cognitive processes involved in intergroup relations and attitude expression to apply them to relevant questions and challenges we experience in our current societies.
- Hahn, A., & Gawronski, B. (2019). Facing one's implicit biases: From awareness to acknowledgement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116, 769–794. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000155 [pdf] [supp] [osf]
- Hahn, A., Banchefsky, S., Park, B., & Judd, C. M. (2015). Measuring intergroup ideologies: Positive and negative aspects of emphasizing versus looking beyond group differences. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1646–1664. http://doi.org/10.1177/0146167215607351
- Hahn, A., Judd, C. M., Hirsh, H. K., & Blair, I. V. (2014). Awareness of implicit attitudes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 1369–1392. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0035028
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Public Outreach (selection)
- Lutrell, Andy (2022, April 11): Episode 60: Unconscious Bias? with Adam Hahn. Episode on the podcast series “Opinion Science” dedicated to a 45-min interview with me about my research on awareness of bias. Twitter
Apple Pods: https://buff.ly/3JwmuT8,
- Hahn, A. (2023). “ Struktureller Rassismus als Hindernis für Diversität – Auch subjektiv vorurteilsfreie Menschen können (unabsichtlich) Ungleichheiten verstärken.“ [„Structural Racism as an obstacle to diversity – you may contribute to inequality even if you think of yourself as unbiased”]. Invited talk and panel discussion for the German Psychological Society (DGPs) on “diversity in (social) psychology” (online), May 2023
"The power of stereotypes and biases in news – How to combat your own prejudices". Panel discussion during the Global Media Forum hosted by Deutsche Welle on June 21, 2022.
- Hahn, A. & Goedderz, A. (2020). Was ist struktureller Rassismus? [What is structural racism?]. In-Mind blog entry, 1/2023.
- Goedderz, A. & Hahn, A. (2020). Haben wir alle versteckte Vorurteile? Implizite Einstellungen und ihre Bedeutung in der Gesellschaft [Do we all have hidden prejudices? Implicit attitudes and their relevance in society]. In-Mind Magazin, 1/2020.
- And the majority remains silent? - Commemorative event on the occasion of the book burning in 1933 [Und die Mehrheit schweigt? – Gedenkveranstaltung aus Anlass der Bücherverbrennung 1933]. Panel discussion on May 12, 2021, live via Zoom. TH Köln and University of Cologne, Cologne Germany. https://www.th-koeln.de/hochschule/und-die-mehrheit-schweigt_84197.php
- “Afraid of your neighbour?” [„Angst vor dem Nachbarn“?]. Panel discussion at the University of Cologne on July 5, 2016. https://wwc.hypotheses.org/1776
- Teacher of the semester award autumn/winter 2022/23 in the department of psychology, awarded for highest student evaluations for “Attitudes and Social Cognition” of any final-year unit, University of Bath, United Kingdom, awarded March 2023
- Winner (x2) of Teaching Award "Best Master's level Seminar 2019 (2020)" ("Lehrpreis 2019 (2020) für das beste Seminar des Jahres" - annual vote by students in the University of Cologne’s Department of Psychology) for "Core Topics in Social Cognition", Department of Psychology, University of Cologne, Germany, academic years 2018/19 & 2019/20
- Winner of the 2015 New Investigator Award for "the most outstanding publication written by an early-career scholar in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General" (Hahn et al. (2014), Awareness of implicit attitudes), American Psychological Association (APA), Division 3: Experimental Psychology, 2015
External Third-Party Grant Funding
- Research grant and collaboration with NGO Africa No Filter (www.africanofilter.org) on Project “Well-intended but Harmful? A Rigorous Scientific Investigation of the Relationship Between Stereotypes of Africa As Poor, Prejudice, and Behavioural Intentions” (through Rockefeller Foundation), 2023
- Research Grant Self-Insight into Attitudes: Distinguishing Introspective from Social Self-Awareness in Research on Implicit Evaluations, awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2017
- PhD scholarship from the European Recovery Program (ERP) fund of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foudation), 2009-2011
- Research grant by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, 2008
- DAAD scholarships (German Academic Exchange Services) for a US-American academic education at Yale, 2003-2004 and 2005
- Full Tuition Fellowship and Stipend by Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2003-2004
Internal Competitive University Grants and Awards
- Gender Research Grant Changing Gender Stereotypes via Self-Associations (together with Rita Silva), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2018
- International Fellowship Program Learning generalized mixed-model analysis from the expert: A methods workshop with Professor Charles Judd (together with Alex Koch), awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2017
- Winner and PI of Seedcorn Grant from the Center for Economic and Social Behavior Cologne (C-SEB) The Psychology of Self-insight, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 2015/16
- Co-Investigator on Bridging Grant from the Center for Economic and Social Behavior Cologne (C-SEB, PI: Wilhelm Hofmann) Antecedents and Consequences of Solidary Giving, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 2015/16
- Dissertation fellowship by the University of Colorado, 2012
- University of Colorado Travel Awards for various international conferences, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Grants Won by Students under My Supervision
- Co-Supervisor (together with Rita Silva) of Student Grant awarded to Elena Angerer to fund her Master's thesis titled Changing Tires or Changing Diapers—The Influence of Engaging in Counter-Stereotypic Behavior on Stereotyping, awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2018
- Supervisor of Student Grant awarded to Janine Flügels to fund her Master's thesis titled Acknowledgment of Implicit Biases and Discriminative Behaviors Against Ethnic Minorities, awarded by C-SEB, University of Cologne, 2018
Willing to supervise doctoral students
I am looking for doctoral students interested in social cognition. I supervise quantitative projects (lab and online studies) concerned with the cognitive underpinnings of processes related to attitudes and stereotypes and prejudice. My currently most active line of research is concerned with awareness and implicit measures of attitudes and stereotyping and prejudice.
I would not be the right supervisor for qualitative research projects.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Social Cognition, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellow, Western University
2012 → 2014
Award Date: 28 Feb 2014
Social Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Colorado
2007 → 2012
Award Date: 11 Aug 2012
Social Psychology, Master of Arts, University of Colorado
2007 → 2009
Award Date: 18 Dec 2009
Psychology (general), Master of Science, Diplom, Freie Universität Berlin
2001 → 2007
Social Psychology, visiting researcher, Visiting Assistant in Research, Yale University
2005 → 2006
Psychology, visiting graduate student, Study Abroad, Yale University
2003 → 2004
Affiliated, University of Cologne
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Hahn, A., Hehman, E., Hofmann, W., Hughes, S., Hussey, I., Jordan, C., Kirby, T. A., Lai, C. K., Lang, J. W. B., Lindgren, K. P., Maison, D., Ostafin, B. D., Rae, J. R., Ratliff, K. A., & 2 others, 30 Jun 2022, In: Behavior Research Methods. 54, 3, p. 1161-1180 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access26 Citations (SciVal)
Biases left unattended: People are surprised at racial bias feedback until they pay attention to their biased reactionsGoedderz, A. & Hahn, A., 30 Sept 2022, In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 102, 19 p., 104374.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review3 Citations (SciVal)
Rahmani Azad, Z., Goedderz, A. & Hahn, A., 3 Sept 2022, In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. p. 1-14 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
& 30 others, 10 May 2020, In: Psychological Bulletin. 146, 5, p. 451-479 29 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile80 Citations (SciVal)26 Downloads (Pure)
Phills, C. E., Hahn, A. & Gawronski, B., 1 Sept 2020, In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 46, 9, p. 1318-1330 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review12 Citations (SciVal)