Postdoctoral Research Fellow
My research is driven by two major questions: (1) what are the origins of prejudice and (2) what promotes positive intergroup attitudes and relations? I have a special interest in lower social status and (ethnic) minority groups, and contact as a facilitator of positive intergroup attitudes. My research combines social, developmental, and cross-cultural perspectives.
I studied Psychology at the Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena from 2003 to 2010 and received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 2016. In my thesis I investigated ‘Bridges and barriers to Turkish immigrants’ integration’. I was a lecturer at the Department of Social Psychology and the Department of Psychological Methods and Evaluation at FernUniversität Hagen from 2014 to 2017. At present, I am funded by a Humboldt scholarship to conduct post-doctoral research on secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact at Oxford University.
Balanced Cultural Identities Promote Cognitive Flexibility among Immigrant Children
Spiegler O. and Leyendecker B., (2017), Frontiers in Psychology, 8
Muslim Immigrant Parents’ Social Status Moderates the Link Between Religious Parenting and Children’s Identification with the Heritage and Host Culture
Spiegler O. et al, (2016), Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 1159 - 1177
Low ethnic identity exploration undermines positive interethnic relations: A study among Turkish immigrant-origin youth.
Spiegler O. et al, (2016), Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 495 - 503
Acculturation Gaps Between Turkish Immigrant Marriage Partners
Spiegler O. et al, (2015), Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 667 - 683
Social policy implications from a German perspective
Leyendecker B. et al, (2014), The Challenges of Diaspora Migration: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Israel and Germany.
Parenting in a New Land Immigrant Parents and the Positive Development of Their Children and Youth
Leyendecker B. et al, European Psychologist