Publications

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in press

Casali, N., Metselaar, C., & Thielmann, I. (in press). Personality feedback as an intervention to encourage positive changes on moral traits. Identityhttps://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2024.2340488  

Columbus, S., Thielmann, I., Böhm, R., &  Zettler, I. (in press). Personality correlates of out-group harm. Social Psychological and Personality Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506241254157   

Fischer, M., Thielmann, I., & Gollwitzer, M. (in press). The role of personality in whistleblowing: An integrative framework. Personality Science.

Grosz, M. P., Thielmann, I., Krabbe, H., & Back, M. D. (in press). When and why do individuals high in narcissistic rivalry attain social status? European Journal of Personalityhttps://doi.org/10.1177/08902070241256142  

Hopwood, C. J., Stahlmann, A. G., Bleidorn, W., & Thielmann, I. (in press). Personality, self-knowledge, and meat-reduction intentions. Journal of Personality. http://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12864

Nielsen, Y. A., Pfattheicher, S., & Thielmann, I. (in press). How much can personality predict prosocial behavior? European Journal of Personalityhttps://doi.org/10.1177/08902070241251516        

Popov, N., & Thielmann, I. (in press). The core tendencies underlying prosocial behavior: Testing a person-situation framework. Journal of Personality

Thielmann, I. (in press). Social projection is less universal than one might think. Psychological Inquiry.

2024

Horsten, L. K., Thielmann, I., Moshagen, M., Zettler, I., Scholz, D., & Hilbig, B. E. (2024). Testing the equivalence of the aversive core of personality and a blend of Agreeableness(-related) items. Journal of Personality, 92(2), 393–404. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12830

Pletzer, J. L., Thielmann, I., & Zettler, I. (2024). Who is healthier? A meta-analysis of the relations between the HEXACO personality domains and health outcomes. European Journal of Personality, 38(2), 342–364. https://doi.org/10.1177/08902070231174574 

Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., Klein, S. A., Seidl, A., & Heck, D. W. (2024). Cheating to benefit others? On the relation between Honesty-Humility and prosocial lies. Journal of Personality, 92(3), 870–882. http://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12835  

Yelbuz, B. E., & Thielmann, I. (2024). Who helps whom in times of crisis? An investigation of donations to earthquake victims from two countries. Journal of Research in Personality, 109, 104476.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2024.104476       

2023

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 

Columbus, S., Thielmann, I., Zettler, I., & Böhm, R. (2023). Parochial reciprocity. Evolution and Human Behavior, 44(2), 131–139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2023.02.001  

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Zettler, I., & Moshagen, M. (2023). The dispositional essence of proactive social preferences: The dark core of personality vis-à-vis 58 traits. Psychological Science, 34(2), 201–220. https://doi.org/10.1177/09567976221116893  

Li, R., Thielmann, I., Balliet, D., & De Vries, R. E. (2023). 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 (pp. 460 –479). London: Sage.

Nielsen, Y. A., Thielmann, I., & Pfattheicher, S. (2023). Beyond the mean: Can we improve the predictive power of psychometric scales? Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 6(2), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1177/25152459231177713  

Scholz, D. D., Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2023). Down to the core: The role of the common core of dark traits for aversive relationship behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 213, 112263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2023.112263

Smillie, L. D., & Thielmann, I. (2023). Defining and describing morality: The view from personality psychology. Psychological Inquiry, 34(2), 102–105. https://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2023.2248852  

Thielmann, I. (2023). (Re)considering personality in criminological research. Crime and Justice, 52(1), 395–445. https://doi.org/10.1086/726781              

Thielmann, I., & Hilbig, B. E. (2023). Generalized dispositional distrust as the common core of populism and conspiracy mentality. Political Psychology, 44(4), 789–805. http://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12886  

Thielmann, I., Rau, R., & Locke, K. D. (2023). Trait-specificity versus global positivity: A critical test of alternative sources of assumed similarity in personality judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 124(4), 828–847. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000420
(selected as APA Editor's Choice paper)

Van Gelder, J.-L., & Thielmann, I. (2023). Die Lücken in der kriminologischen Wissensgrundlage schließen: Eine Forschungsagenda für die kommenden zehn Jahre. [Closing the gaps in the criminological knowledge base: A research agenda for the coming ten years]. Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, 106(1), 18–28. https://doi.org/10.1515/mks-2022-0030             

2022

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  

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., & 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  

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

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 

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

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. (2022). Assumed similarity. In R. Pohl (Ed.) Cognitive Illusions. (3rd edition, pp. 272-286). Routledge.

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

2021

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 

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 

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

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]

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., 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

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

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., 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., & 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

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

2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]

2019

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

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

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., & 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., & 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

2018

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

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., 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

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

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

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. (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

2017

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., & 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., & 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., 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., 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

2016

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

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., 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.

2015

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

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., 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

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

2014

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

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., & 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