Social Psychology & Motivation

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Dr. Frank Wieber (Coordinator)

Social Psychology and Motivation
P.O. Box 39
University of Konstanz
D-78457 Konstanz

Room: C 504

Fon: ++49-(0)-7531-88 2877

Fax: ++49-(0)-7531-88 3286




My main research interest is in self-regulation. In particular, my research focuses on the question how people can self-regulate more effectively to overcome problems during goal striving (e.g., not getting started to act on a goal, not continuing goal-directed actions, not disengaging on time from unattainable goals, or to overextending oneself). If-then plans (implementation intentions; Gollwitzer, 1993) are examined as a strategy to help people to reach their goals by bridging the so-called intention-behavior gap. I investigate how self-regulatory strategies can support goal attainment of individuals as well as groups in challenging interpersonal, intra-and intergroup contexts. More recently, I started to examine whether intentional self-regulation strategies can support individuals to respond adaptively to negative feedback.


Graduate students are marked with an *


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Sailer, P.*, Wieber, F., Pröpster, K., Stoewer, S., Nischk, D., Volk, F., & Odenwald, M. (in press). A brief intervention to improve exercising in patients with schizophrenia: A controlled pilot study with Mental Contrasting and Implementation Intentions (MCII). BMC Psychiatry.

Thürmer, J. L., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P.M. (2015). When unshared information is the key: Planning to review information improves group decisions. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 28,101-113. DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1832

Wieber, F., Thürmer, J. L., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2015). Attenuating the escalation of commitment to faltering organizational projects in decision making groups: An implementation intention approach. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 587-595. DDI: 10.1177/1948550614568158

Wieber, F., Thürmer, J. L., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2015). Promoting the translation of intentions into action by implementation intentions: Behavioral effects and physiological correlates. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00395

Büttner, O. B., Wieber, F., Schulz, A. M.*, Bayer, U. C., Florack, A., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2014). Visual attention and goal pursuit: Deliberative and implemental mindsets affect breadth of attention. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1248-1259. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214539707

Wieber, F., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Sheeran, P. (2014). Strategic regulation of mimicry effects by implementation intentions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 31-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.02.002

Wieber, F., Sezer, L.A.*, & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2014). Asking "why" helps action control by goals but not plans. Motivation and Emotion, 38, 65-78. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-013-9364-3

McCrea, S. M., Wieber, F., & Myers, A. L.* (2012). Construal level mindsets moderate self and social categorization. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 51-68. DOI: 10.1037/a0026108

Wieber, F., Thürmer, J. L.*, Gollwitzer, P. M. (2012). Collective action control by goals and plans: Applying a self-regulation perspective to group performance. American Journal of Psychology, 125, 275-290. DOI: 10.5406/amerjpsyc.125.3.0275

Wieber, F., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Seebaß, G. (2011). Limits of Intentionality: An Interdisciplinary Approach [Editorial]. Social Psychology, 42, 4-8. DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335

Wieber, F., Suchodoletz, A. v., Heikamp, T.*, Trommsdorff, G., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2011). If-then planning helps school-aged children to ignore attractive distractions. Social Psychology, 42, 39-47. DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000041

Wieber, F., Odenthal, G.*, & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2010). Self-efficacy feelings moderate implementation intention effects. Self and Identity, 9, 177-194. DOI: 10.1080/15298860902860333

Suchodoletz, A. v.*, Trommsdorff, G., Heikamp, T.*, Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2009). Transition to School: The Role of Kindergarten Children’s Behavior Regulation. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 561-566. DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2009.07.006

Wieber, F. & Sassenberg, K. (2006). I can't take my eyes off of it: Attention attraction effects of implementation intentions. Social Cognition, 24, 723-752. DOI: 10.1521/soco.2006.24.6.723

Sassenberg, K. & Wieber, F. (2005). Don't ignore the other half: The impact of ingroup identification on implicit measures of prejudice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 621-632. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.267


Guest Editor of Special Issue

Wieber, F., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Seebaß, G. (Eds.). (2011). Limits of Intentionality: An Interdisciplinary Approach [Special Issue]. Social Psychology, 42 (1). DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335


Book Chapters

Wieber, F. & Gollwitzer, P. M. (in preparation). Decoupling one’s goal striving from resource depletion by forming implementation intentions. In E. R. Hirt (Ed.), The state of depletion: Advances in the psychology of self-regulation and self-control. San Diego, US: Elsevier.

Wieber, F. & Conrad, N. (in press). Lernräume aus umweltpsychologischer Perspektive – Gestaltungsmerkmale und ihre Wirkung auf das Lernen. In M. Kirschbaum (Ed.). Intelligent space - Eine Revision der Architektur des Lernraums. Heidelberg: SRH University Press.

Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (in press). Planning and the control of action - How spontaneous and strategic use of goal-related knowledge supports goal attainment. In P. Meusburger (Series Ed.), Knowledge and space: Vol. 9. Knowledge and action. New York: Springer Science + Business Media.

Thürmer, J. L., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2015). Planning high performance: Can groups and teams benefit from implementation intentions? In M. D. Mumford & M. Frese (Eds.), The psychology of planning in organizations: Research and applications (pp.123-145). New York: Routledge.

Wieber, F., Thürmer, J. L.*, & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2013). Intentional action control in individuals and groups. In G. Seebaß, M. Schmitz, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.), Acting intentionally and its limits: Individuals, groups, institutions (pp. 133-162). Berlin: DeGruyter.

Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2010). Overcoming procrastination through Implementation Intentions. In C. Andreou and M. D. White (Eds.), The thief of time: Philosophical essays on procrastination. (pp. 185-205). New York: Oxford University Press.

Gollwitzer, P. M., Wieber, F., Myers, A. L.*, & McCrea S. M. (2010). How to maximize Implementation Intention effects. In C. R. Agnew, D. E. Carlston, W. G. Graziano, & J. R. Kelly (Eds.), Then a miracle occurs: Focusing on behavior in social psychological theory and research (pp. 137-161). New York: Oxford University Press.


Manuscripts submitted for publication

Loy, L.*, Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M., & Oettingen, G. (2015). Supporting the enactment of sustainable consumer intentions: Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII).  Manuscript submitted for publication.

Thürmer, J. L., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P.M. (2015). Planning and performance in groups: The role of collective implementation intentions. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Appearances in Public Media


Schreiber, Anja (2015, 24. Juni). Es sind nicht immer die anderen. Stuttgarter Zeitung. Beruf und Karriere. Abgerufen unter

Schreiber, Anja (2015, 11./12.. April). Das große Lügen. Berliner Zeitung. Karriere. Nummer 84.

Lucht, Thorsten. (2015, 17. März). Martin Szwed und der Südpol-Rekord – das sagt die Extremsport-Szene. Südkurier. Abgerufen unter;art372455,7709268

Weber, K. D. & Zylka, J. (ModeratorInnen). (2015, 2. January). Sind gute Vorsätze für’s neue Jahr sinnvoll?. Sendung: Große Themen – keine Meinung. Gastredner: Dr. Frank Wieber, Konstanz. RBB Radio eins.

Grant-Halvorson, H. (2014, Mai). Getting our team to do what it says it’s going to do. Harvard Business Review, pp. 82-87.

Streckenbach, K. (2013, August 17). Noch schneller, noch besser: Jagd nach dem Rekord am Bodensee [What motivates extreme sports?]. Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa).

Drimalla, H. (2012, März). Gemeinsam sind wir schwach [ISSN 0006-2375] [Together we are weak]. Bild der Wissenschaft, pp. 86-91.

Leitenstorfer, C. (2009, 30. Juni). Das reicht doch dicke . . . Tipps wie man der Aufschieberei die rote Karte zeigt [How to cope with procrastination]. Südkurier, p. A3.

Kim, B. (Producer). (2009, 9. Oktober). Was die Abstraktheit des Denkens mit dem Aufschieben zu tun hat [Abstract thinking and procrastination]. Busan: Korean Broadcasting System KBS.

Müller, D. (Moderator). (2006, 7. März). Kann schlechtes Wetter zu aggressivem Verhalten führen? [On the relation between bad weather and aggressive behavior]Morgen Show. Gastredner: Dr. Frank Wieber, Konstanz. SWR 4 Radio.

Rau, J. (2006, 12. Oktober). Wie man auch im Schneechaos die Nerven behält [Keeping control during the snow chaos]. Südkurier, p. A8