Markus Germar

Research Interests

  • Social influence, social conformity
  • Social neuroscience
  • Cognitive modeling
  • Moral psychology
  • Group decision-making
  • Evolutionary and comparative psychology

Academic Career

2015 -

Postdoc, University of Hildesheim


PhD (Dissertation: "How Does Social Influence Affect Perceptual Decision-Making?"), University of Hildesheim

2011 - 2015

PhD student, University of Hildesheim


Master of Science in Psychology; University of Göttingen


Bachelor of Science in Psychology; University of Luxembourg


Theisen, M., & Germar, M. (in press). Uncertain facts or uncertain values? Testing the distinction between empirical and normative uncertainty in moral judgments. Cognitive Science.

Germar, M. (in press). The neurocognitive underpinnings of social influence. In R. Prislin (Ed.), The research handbook on social influence. NY: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Duderstadt, V. H., Mojzisch, A., & Germar, M. (2024). Social influence and social identity: A diffusion model analysis. British Journal of Social Psychology, 00, 1–19.

Germar, M., Albrecht, T., & Mojzisch, A.  (2023). Social norm learning alters feature-based visual attention: Evidence from steady state visual evoked potentials. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. Advance online publication.

Germar, M., Duderstadt, V. H., & Mojzisch, A. (2023). Social norms shape visual appearance: Taking a closer look at the link between social norm learning and perceptual decision-making. Cognition, 241, 105611.

Germar, M., & Mojzisch, A. (2023). Broadening the Scope and Dropping Dead Weight: Toward a Better Understanding of the Full Life Cycle of Norms. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Duderstadt, V. H., Mojzisch, A., & Germar, M. (2022). Social norm learning from non-human agents can induce a persistent perceptual bias: A diffusion model approach. Acta Psychologica, 229, 103691.

Huber, C., Germar, M., & Mojzisch, A. (2022). Authenticity Occurs More Often Than Inauthenticity in Everyday Life. Social Psychology, 53(2), 63–72.

Mojzisch, A., Elster, C., & Germar, M. (2022). People perceive themselves to adhere more strictly to COVID-19 guidelines than others. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 27(2), 325–332.

Germar, M., & Mojzisch, A. (2021). Basal Testosterone Renders Individuals More Receptive to Minority Positions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(6), 955–963.

Germar, M., & Mojzisch, A. (2019). Learning of social norms can lead to a persistent perceptual bias: A diffusion model approach. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 84, 103801.

Imhoff, R., Lange, J., & Germar, M. (2019). Identification and location tasks rely on different mental processes: A diffusion model account of validity effects in spatial cueing paradigms with emotional stimuli. Cognition & Emotion, 33(2), 231–244.

Germar, M., Sultan, A., Kaminski, J., & Mojzisch, A. (2018). Dogs (Canis familiaris) stick to what they have learned rather than conform to their conspecifics' behavior. PloS One, 13(3), e0194808.

Leder, J., Häusser, J. A., Krumm, S., Germar, M., Schlemmer, A., Kaiser, S., Kalis, A., & Mojzisch, A. (2018). The Cognitive Underpinnings of Option Generation in Everyday Life Decision-Making: A Latent Variable Analysis. Cognitive Science, 42(8), 2562–2591.

Hofheinz, C., Germar, M., Schultze, T., Michalak, J., & Mojzisch, A. (2017). Are Depressed People More or Less Susceptible to Informational Social Influence? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41(5), 699–711.

Germar, M., Albrecht, T., Voss, A., & Mojzisch, A. (2016). Social conformity is due to biased stimulus processing: Electrophysiological and diffusion analyses. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(9), 1449–1459.

Germar, M., Schlemmer, A., Krug, K., Voss, A., & Mojzisch, A. (2014). Social influence and perceptual decision making: A diffusion model analysis. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(2), 217–231.

Research Grants

Social influence and perceptual decision-making. DFG-funded research project (Markus Germar & Andreas Mojzsich, 228.433 €, 2019 – 2022).

Can social influence lead to a persistent perceptual bias? Seed-Fund from the University of Hildesheim (Markus Germar, 4847 €, 2018)

How do groups solve moral dilemmas? Seed-Fund from the University of Hildesheim (Markus Germar & Andreas Mojzsich, 5000€, 2015)

Scholarships and Awards


Award for best teaching in psychology at the University of Hildesheim

2012 - 2014

Doctoral scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

2010 - 2011

Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

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