Immo Fritsche is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Leipzig (since 2011). In his research he focuses on basic processes of collective cognition and action ("social identity") and the role of basic psychological motives, such as the need for control, for explaining human social behavior. Also, he applies these processes to explaining and addressing societal challenges. At the center of this are the social psychology of the environmental crisis and research on conflicts between groups (e.g., polarization, radicalization), political attitudes, and collective action.
- since 10/2011
Professor of Social Psychology at the Universität Leipzig
- 04/2008 - 09/2009
Temporary Chair of Social Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
- 02/2003 - 09/2011
Assistant Professor at the Social Psychology Group at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
- 01/1999 - 01/2003
Reserach Associate at the Department of Social and Personality Psychology at Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
- 10/1994 - 12/1998
Research student at the Department of Social Psychology, Universität Potsdam
- 02/2003 - 05/2009
Habilitation in Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
- 01/1999 - 06/2002
PhD in Social and Environmental Psychology, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
- 10/1992 - 09/1998
Diploma in Psychology, Universität Potsdam
Immo Fritsche investigates basic processes of collective cognition and action ("social identity") and basic psychological motives (e.g., control). Also, he applies these processes to explaining and addressing societal challenges. At the center are the social psychology of the environmental crisis and research on conflicts between groups (e.g., polarization, radicalization), political attitudes, and collective action. He is using quantitative and experimental research methods.
Fritsche, I. & Masson, T. (2021). Collective climate action: When do people turn into collective environmental agents? Current Opinion in Psychology, 42, 114-119.
Fritsche, I., Barth, M., Jugert, P., Masson, T., & Reese, G. (2018). A social identity model of pro-environmental action (SIMPEA). Psychological Review, 125, 245-269.
Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., Ablasser, C., Beyer, M., Kuban, J., Manger, A.-M., & Schultz, M. (2013). The power of we: Evidence for group-based control restoration. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 19-32.
Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., & Kessler, T. (2011). Collective reactions to threat: Implications for intergroup conflict and solving societal crises. Social Issues and Policy Review, 5, 101-136.
Fritsche, I., Jonas, E., & Fankhänel, T. (2008). The role of control motivation in mortality salience effects on ingroup support and defense. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 524-541.rch methods.