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Olivia Spiegler

Feodor Lynen Research Fellow

Research summary

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 postdoctoral research on secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact at Oxford University.

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