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The core interest of my work is to understand how social relationships form behavior and vice versa. In particular, I am interested in examining the social dimension of aggressive behavior, including ostracism, bullying, and intergroup conflict.
For this purpose, I utilize a combination of different methodological approaches with a special emphasis on social network analysis.
I studied psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin from 2003 to 2008, before I received a predoctoral scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (LIFE Research School). After my doctoral degree in 2011, I worked as a research scientist in Berlin and since 2013 at the University of Oxford.
Currently, I am a Junior Research Fellow of New College.
The "Wallpaper Effect" Revisited: Divergent Findings on the Effects of Intergroup Contact on Attitudes in Diverse Versus Nondiverse Contexts.
Schmid K. et al, (2017), Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 43, 1268 - 1283
Beyond the dyadic perspective: 10 Reasons for using social network analysis in intergroup contact research.
Wölfer R. and Hewstone M., (2017), Br J Soc Psychol, 56, 609 - 617
Studying Positive and Negative Direct and Extended Contact: Complementing Self-Reports With Social Network Analysis.
Wölfer R. et al, (2017), Pers Soc Psychol Bull
Different Outcomes Require Different Explanations.
Wölfer R. and Hewstone M., (2017), Psychol Sci, 28, 251 - 252
Developmental Dynamics of Intergroup Contact and Intergroup Attitudes: Long-Term Effects in Adolescence and Early Adulthood.
Wölfer R. et al, (2016), Child Dev, 87, 1466 - 1478