Publications

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Prosocial Behavior

Columbus, S., Thielmann, I., & Balliet, D. (2019). Situational affordances for prosocial behaviour: On the interaction between Honesty-Humility and (perceived) interdependence. European Journal of Personality, 33(6), 655-673. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2224

Fischer, M., Twardawski, M., Steindorf, L., & Thielmann, I. (2021). Stockpiling during the COVID-19 pandemic as a real-life social dilemma: A person-situation perspective. Journal of Research in Personality, 91, 104075. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2021.104075

Hilbig, B. E., Kieslich, P. J., Henninger, F., Thielmann, I., & Zettler, I. (2018). Lead us (not) into temptation: Testing the motivational mechanisms linking Honesty-Humility to cooperation. European Journal of Personality, 32(2), 116-127. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2149

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., & Henninger, F. (2016). The two faces of cooperation: On the unique role of HEXACO Agreeableness for forgiveness versus retaliation. Journal of Research in Personality, 64, 69-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2016.08.004 

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Hepp, J., Klein, S. A., & Zettler, I. (2015). From personality to altruistic behavior (and back): Evidence from a double-blind dictator game. Journal of Research in Personality, 55, 46-50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2014.12.004 

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Wührl, J. & Zettler, I. (2015). From Honesty-Humility to fair behavior - benevolence or a (blind) fairness norm? Personality and Individual Differences, 80, 91-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.02.017

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Zettler, I., & Moshagen, M. (in press). The dispositional essence of proactive social preferences: The dark core of personality vis-à-vis 58 traits. Psychological Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.1177/09567976221116893 

Mischkowski, D., Thielmann, I., & Glöckner, A. (2018). Think it through before making a choice? Processing mode does not influence social mindfulness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 74, 85-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2017.09.001 

Mischkowski, D., Thielmann, I., & Glöckner, A. (2019). Minimizing inequality versus maximizing joint gains: On the relation between personality traits and different prosocial motivations. Journal of Research in Personality, 81, 153-157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2019.06.001 

Nielsen, Y. A., Thielmann, I., Zettler, I., & Pfattheicher, S. (2022). Sharing money with humans versus computers: On the role of Honesty-Humility and (non-)social preferences. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13(6), 1058-1068 . https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506211055622

Pfattheicher, S., Nielsen, Y. A., & Thielmann, I. (2022). Prosocial behavior and altruism: A review of concepts and definitions. Current Opinion in Psychology, 44, 124-129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.08.021 

Rau, R., Thielmann, I., Breil, S. M., Geukes, K., Krause, S., Nikoleizig, L., Back, M. D., & Nestler, S. (2020). Do perceiver effects in interpersonal perception predict cooperation in social dilemmas? Collabra: Psychology, 6(1), 35. http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.332 

Thielmann, I., & Böhm, R. (2016). Who does (not) participate in intergroup conflict? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(8), 778-787. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616660160 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2015). The traits one can trust: Dissecting reciprocity and kindness as determinants of trustworthy behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(11), 1523-1536. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167215600530 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2018). Is it all about the money? A re-analysis of the link between Honesty-Humility and Dictator Game giving. Journal of Research in Personality, 76, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2018.07.002 

Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Niedtfeld, I. (2014). Willing to give but not to forgive: Borderline personality features and cooperative behavior. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28(6), 778-795. https://doi.org/10.1521/pedi_2014_28_135

Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B.E., & Zettler, I. (2022). The dispositional basis of human prosociality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 43, 289-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.08.009 

Thielmann, I., & Pfattheicher, S. (2022). Editorial overview: Current and new directions in the study of prosociality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 47, 101355https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2022.101355 

Thielmann, I., Spadaro, G., & Balliet, D. (2020). Personality and prosocial behavior: A theoretical framework and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 146(1), 30–90. https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000217 

Thielmann, I., Zimmermann, J., Leising, D., & Hilbig, B. E. (2017). Seeing is knowing: On the predictive accuracy of self- and informant reports for prosocial and moral behaviours. European Journal of Personality, 31(4), 404-418. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2112 

(Un)Ethical Decision Making

Heck, D. W., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (2020). On the limited generality of air pollution and anxiety as causal determinants of unethical behavior: Commentary on Lu, Lee, Gino, & Galinsky (2018). Psychological Science, 31(6), 741-747. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797619866627

Heck, D. W., Thielmann, I., Moshagen, M., & Hilbig, B. E. (2018). Who lies? A large-scale reanalysis linking basic personality traits to unethical decision making. Judgment & Decision Making, 13, 356-371. 

Hilbig, B. E., Moshagen, M., Thielmann, I., & Zettler, I., & (2022). Making rights from wrongs: The crucial role of beliefs and justifications for the expression of aversive personality. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 151(11), 2730–2755. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0001232  

Hilbig, B. E.*, & Thielmann, I.* (2017). Does everyone have a price? On the role of payoff magnitude for ethical decision making. Cognition, 163, 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.02.011 [*shared first authorship] 

Klein, S. A., Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Heck, D. W. (2020). On the robustness of the association between Honesty-Humility and dishonest behavior for varying incentives. Journal of Research in Personality, 88, 104006. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2020.104006 

Klein, S. A., Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Zettler, I. (2017). Between me and we: The importance of self-profit versus social justifiability for ethical decision making. Judgment and Decision Making, 12(6), 563-571. 

Thielmann, I., Böhm, R., & Hilbig, B. E. (2021). Buying unethical loyalty: A behavioral paradigm and empirical test. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(3), 363-370. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550620905218 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2018). Daring dishonesty: On the role of sanctions for (un)ethical behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 71-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2018.06.009 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2019). No gain without pain: The psychological costs of dishonesty. Journal of Economic Psychology, 71, 126-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2018.06.001 

Thielmann, I., Zimmermann, J., Leising, D., & Hilbig, B. E. (2017). Seeing is knowing: On the predictive accuracy of self- and informant reports for prosocial and moral behaviours. European Journal of Personality, 31(4), 404-418. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2112 

Trust

Thielmann, I. (2020). Trust. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 5582-5585). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24612-3_561

Thielmann, I., Heck, D. W., & Hilbig, B. E. (2016). Anonymity and incentives: An investigation of techniques to reduce socially desirable responding in the Trust Game. Judgment and Decision Making, 11(5), 527-536. 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2014). Trust in me, trust in you: A social projection account of the link between personality, cooperativeness, and trustworthiness expectations. Journal of Research in Personality, 50, 61-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2014.03.006 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2015). Trust: An integrative review from a person-situation perspective. Review of General Psychology, 19(3), 249-277. https://doi.org/10.1037/gpr0000046 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2017). Should versus want: On the relative contribution of injunctive norms and preferences on trust decisions. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 30(2), 446–452. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.1962

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (in press). Generalized dispositional distrust as the common core of populism and conspiracy mentality. Political Psychology

Interpersonal Perception

Rau, R., Thielmann, I., Breil, S. M., Geukes, K., Krause, S., Nikoleizig, L., Back, M. D., & Nestler, S. (2020). Do perceiver effects in interpersonal perception predict cooperation in social dilemmas? Collabra: Psychology, 6(1), 35. http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.332 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B.E. (2022). Assumed similarity. In R. Pohl (Ed.) Cognitive Illusions. (3rd edition). Routledge.

Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Zettler, I. (2020). Seeing me, seeing you: Testing competing accounts of assumed similarity in personality judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 118(1), 172–198. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000222

Thielmann, I., Rau, R., & Locke, K. D. (in press). Trait-specificity versus global positivity: A critical test of alternative sources of assumed similarity in personality judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000420

Personality Models & Assessment

Henry, S., Thielmann, I., Booth, T., & Mõttus, R. (2022). Test-retest reliability of the HEXACO-100 – and the value of multiple measurements for assessing reliability. PLOS ONE, 17(1), e0262465. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262465 

Moshagen, M., Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Zettler, I. (2019). Meta-analytic investigations of the HEXACO Personality Inventory(-Revised): Reliability generalization, self-observer agreement, intercorrelations, and relations to demographic variables. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 227, 186-194. https://doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000377

Thielmann, I., Akrami, N., Babarović, T., Belloch, A., Bergh, R., Chirumbolo, A., ..., Ashton, M. C., & Lee, K. (2020). The HEXACO-100 across 16 languages: A large-scale test of measurement invariance. Journal of Personality Assessment, 102(5), 714-726. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223891.2019.1614011

(Winner of the Walter G. Klopfer Award for the best empirical paper published in the Journal of Personality Assessment in 2020) 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2018). Is it all about the money? A re-analysis of the link between Honesty-Humility and Dictator Game giving. Journal of Research in Personality, 76, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2018.07.002 

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2019). Nomological consistency: A comprehensive test of the equivalence of different trait indicators for the same constructs. Journal of Personality, 87(3), 715-730. https://doi.org/10.1016/10.1111/jopy.12428 

Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., Zettler, I., & Moshagen, M. (2017). On measuring the sixth basic personality dimension: A comparison between HEXACO Honesty-Humility and Big Six Honesty-Propriety. Assessment, 24(8), 1024-1036. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191116638411 

Thielmann, I., Moshagen, M., Hilbig, B.E., & Zettler, I. (2022). On the comparability of basic personality models: Meta-analytic correspondence, scope, and orthogonality of the Big Five and HEXACO dimensions. European Journal of Personality, 36(6), 870-900. https://doi.org/10.1177/08902070211026793

Thielmann, I., & Zettler, I. (2020). On the distinction between Honesty-Humility and Agreeableness in the HEXACO model [Invited Commentary]. European Journal of Personality, 34(4), 552-553. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2284 

Zettler, I.*, Thielmann, I.*, Hilbig, B. E., & Moshagen, M. (2020). The nomological net of the HEXACO model of personality: A large-scale meta-analytic investigation. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 15(3), 723-760. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691619895036. [*shared first authorship] 

Maladaptive Personality

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., Moshagen, M., & Zettler, I. (2021). The dark core of personality and socially aversive psychopathology. Journal of Personality, 89, 216-227. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12577

Rek, K., Thielmann, I., Henkel, M., Crawford, M., Piccirilli, L., Graff, A., Mestel, R., & Zimmermann, J. (2020). A psychometric evaluation of the Standardized Assessment of Severity of Personality Disorder (SASPD) in nonclinical and clinical German samples. Psychological Assessment, 32(10), 984-990. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0000926

Scholz, D. D., Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Moshagen, M., & Zettler, I. (2022). Beyond (low) Agreeableness: Towards a more comprehensive understanding of antagonistic psychopathology. Journal of Personality, 90(6), 956-970. http://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12708 

Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Niedtfeld, I. (2014). Willing to give but not to forgive: Borderline personality features and cooperative behavior. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28(6), 778-795. https://doi.org/10.1521/pedi_2014_28_135

Methodology

Hilbig, B. E., & Thielmann, I. (2021). On the (mis)use of deception in web-based research: Challenges and recommendations. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 229(4), 225-229. https://doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000466.

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., & Böhm, R. (2022). Bending our ethics code: Avoidable deception and its justification in psychological research. European Psychologist, 27, 62-70. https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000431 

Lanz, L., Thielmann, I., & Gerpott, F. H. (2022). Are social desirability scales desirable? A meta-analytic test of the validity of social desirability scales in the context of prosocial behavior. Journal of Personality, 90(2), 203-221. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12662 

Leising, D., Thielmann, I., Glöckner, A., Gärtner, A., & Schönbrodt, F. (2022). Ten steps toward a better personality science - A rejoinder to the comments. Personality Science, 3, Article e7961. https://doi.org/10.5964/ps.7961

Leising, D., Thielmann, I., Glöckner, A., Gärtner, A., & Schönbrodt, F. (2022). Ten steps toward a better personality science - How quality may be rewarded more in research evaluation. Personality Science, 3, Article e6029.  https://doi.org/10.5964/ps.6029

Li, R., Thielmann, I., Balliet, D., & De Vries, R. E. (in press).  Development of the Generic Situational Strength (GSS) scale: Measuring situational strength across contexts. In L. R. Ford & T. A. Scandura (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Survey Development and Application.

Thielmann, I., Böhm, R., & Hilbig, B. E. (2015). Different games for different motives: Comment on Haesevoets, Folmer, and Van Hiel (2015). European Journal of Personality, 29(4), 506-508. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2007 

Thielmann, I., Böhm, R., Ott, M., & Hilbig, B. E. (2021). Economic games: An introduction and guide for research. Collabra: Psychology, 7(1), 19004. https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.19004 

Thielmann, I., Heck, D. W., & Hilbig, B. E. (2016). Anonymity and incentives: An investigation of techniques to reduce socially desirable responding in the Trust Game. Judgment and Decision Making, 11(5), 527-536. 

Miscellaneous

Back, M. D., Branje, S., Eastwick, P. W., Human, L. J., Penke, L., Sadikaj, G., Slatcher, R. B., Thielmann, I., van Zalk, M. H. W., & Wrzus, C. (2023). Personality and social relationships: What do we know and where do we go? Personality Science, 4, e7505. https://doi.org/10.5964/ps.7505 

Böhm, R.,Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2018). The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow: Morality also fuels aggression, conflict, and violence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e98. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X18000031 

De Vries, R. E., & Thielmann, I. (2021). COVID-19 vermijdingsgedrag: Het belang van persoonlijkheid en de relatie met toename in thuiswerken [COVID-19 avoidance behavior: The significance of personality and the relation with increases in working from home]. Gedrag & Organisatie, 34(4), 460-482. https://doi.org/10.5117/GO2021.4.003.VRIE

Diehl, K., Thielmann, I., Thiel, A., Mayer, J., Zipfel, S. & Schneider, S. (2014). Possibilities to support elite adolescent athletes in improving performance: Results from a qualitative content analysis. Science & Sports, 29, e115-e125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scispo.2014.03.004 

Dores Cruz, T., Thielmann, I., Columbus, S., Molho, C., Wu, J., Righetti, F., De Vries, R. E., Koutsoumpis, A., Van Lange, P. A. M., Beersma, B., & Balliet, D. (2021). Gossip and reputation in everyday life. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376, 20200301. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.030

Gerpott, F. H.*, Thielmann, I.*, & Balliet, D. (2021). Interdependence approaches to the person and the situation. In D. Wood, S. J. Read, P. D. Harms, & A. Slaughter (Eds.). Emerging approaches to measuring and modeling the person and situation (pp. 540-563). London: Elsevier. [*shared first authorship] 

Horsten, L. K., Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Zettler, I., & Moshagen, M. (2022). Fast, but not so furious. On the distinctiveness of a fast life history strategy and the common core of aversive traits. Personality Science, 3, e6879. https://doi.org/10.5964/ps.6879

Nadarevic, L., Plier, S., Thielmann, I., & Darancó, S. (2018). Foreign language reduces the longevity of the repetition-based truth effect. Acta Psychologica, 191, 149-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.08.019 

Neumann, H., Thielmann, I., & Pfattheicher, S. (2020). Labelling affects agreement with political statements of right-wing populist parties. PLoS ONE, 15(11), e0239772. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0239772 

Thielmann, I. (2021). A plea for studying qualitative individual differences by default [Invited Commentary]. Journal of Cognition, 4(1), 51. https://doi.org/10.5334/joc.172 

Thielmann, I., & De Vries, R. E. (2021). Who wants to change and how? On the trait-specificity of personality change goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , 121(5), 1112–1139. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000304 

Thielmann, I., Erdfelder, E., & Stahlberg, D. (2015). Now you see it, now you don’t: Explaining inconsistent evidence on gender stereotyping of newborns. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45(6), 669-677. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2132 

Twardawski, M., Hilbig, B. E., & Thielmann, I. (2020). Punishment goals in classroom interventions: An attributional approach. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 26(1), 61-72. https://doi.org/10.1037/xap0000223 

Twardawski, M., Steindorf, L., & Thielmann, I. (2021). Three pillars of physical distancing: Anxiety, prosociality, and rule compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collabra: Psychology, 7(1), 22511. https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.22511