Social Psychology  

Prof. Dr. Immo Fritsche


Academic career



Professor of Social Psychology at Leipzig University


Heisenberg Scholarship (awarded by the German Research Foundation)


Habilitation (University of Jena; Threat and Intergroup Behavior)


Assistant Professor at the University of Jena (Social Psychology Group)


Research Associate at the University of Magdeburg (Social and Environmental Psychology Group)


PhD (University of Magdeburg; Neutralization of environmentally harmful behavior)


Graduate and postgraduate studies in psychology (degree: Diplom-Psychologe) at the University of Potsdam


Research interests

  • Intergroup and intragroup processes (e.g., social influence, collective action, intergroup conflict)
  • Motivated social cognition (e.g., basic psychological needs, social psychological reactions to threat, coping with human mortality)
  • Social psychology of the global environmental crisis (e.g., pro-environmental action, responses to environmental threat)

Selected publications Full list of publications


Fritsche, I., Barth, M., Jugert, P., Masson, T., & Reese, G. (2018). A social identity model of pro-environmental action (SIMPEA). Psychological Review, 125, 245-269.

Hoppe, A., Fritsche, I., & Koranyi, N. (2018). Romantic love vs. reproduction opportunities: Disentangling the contributions of different anxiety buffers under conditions of existential threat. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 269-248.

Fritsche, I., & Jugert, P. (2017). The consequences of economic threat for motivated social cognition and action. Current Opinion in Psychology, 18, 31-36.

Stollberg, J., Fritsche, I., & Jonas, E. (2017). The groupy shift: Conformity to liberal ingroup norms as a group-based response to threatened personal control. Social cognition, 35, 374-394.

Fritsche, I., Moya, M., Bukowski, M., Jugert, P., de Lemus, S., Decker, O., Valor-Segura, I., & Navarro-Carrillo, G. (2017). The great depression and group-based control: Converting personal helplessness into collective responses. Journal of Social Issues, 73, 117-137.

Barth, M., Jugert, P., & Fritsche, I. (2016). Still underdetected: Social norms and collective efficacy predict the acceptance of electric vehicles in Germany. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 37, 64-77.

Jonas, E., McGregor, I., Klackl, J., Agroskin, D., Fritsche, I., Holbrook, C., Nash, K., Proulx, T., & Quirin, M. (2014). Threat and defense: From anxiety to approach. In J. M. Olson & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 49, pp.219-286). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Jonas, E., & Fritsche, I. (2013). Destined to die but not to wage war: How existential threat can contribute to escalation or de-escalation of violent intergroup conflict. American Psychologist, 68, 543-558.

Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., Ablasser, C., Beyer, M., Kuban, J., Manger, A.-M., & Schultz, M.  (2013). The power of we: Evidence for group-based control restoration. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 19-32.

Fritsche, I., Cohrs, 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.

Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., & Kessler, T. (2011). Collective reactions to threat: Implications for intergroup conflict and solving societal crises. Social Issues and Policy Review, 5, 101-136.

Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., & Fankhänel, T. (2008). The role of control motivation in mortality salience effects on ingroup support and defense. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 524-541.

last update: 14.06.2021 


Prof. Dr. habil. Immo Fritsche

Leipzig University
Institute of Psychology
Department of Social Psychology
Neumarkt 9–19
04109 Leipzig

immo.fritsche(at) +49 (0) 341 97 359 64

Office hours

Via phone by prior appointment via e-mail

Room: 2054