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.

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

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

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., Bayer, U. C., & 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.

Thürmer, J. L., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (in press). 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. New York: Routledge.

Wieber, F. & Conrad, N. (im Druck). 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.

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

Wieber, F., Thürmer, J. L., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2015). Promoting the translation of intentions into action by implementation intentions: Behavioral effects and physiological correlates. Invited revision under review.

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.

Wieber, F., Adriaanse, M., Gawrilow, C., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Oettingen, G. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of interventions to enhance weight reduction: If-then planning, why reasoning and combined If-then-why planning. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Appearances in Public Media

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