Prof. Dr. Tobias Rothmund

Psychology of Communication and Media Use
Tobias Rothmund, Univ.-Prof. Dr
Prof. Dr. Tobias Rothmund
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Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr. Tobias Rothmund Show content
  • since WiSe 2018: Professor for Media and Communication Psychology at the Institute for Communication Science at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 2013-2018: Assistant Professor for Political Psychology at the Institute for Communication Psychology and Media Education (IKM) at the University of Koblenz-Landau.
  • WIse 2014/15 and SoSe 2015 Substitute for the Chair of Psychological Diagnostics, Evaluation and Intervention at the Technical University Darmstadt.
  • Se 2011/12 substitution of the professorship for Methodology and Evaluation in Department 8: Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau.
  • 2010 PhD in Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Dr. phil, summa cum laude) Title Suspicious Minds - Differential Effects of Virtual Aggression in Video Games on Trust and Cooperation
  • 2008-2012: Research assistant in the Department of Diagnostics, Differential and Personality Psychology, Methods and Evaluation at the University of Koblenz-Landau.
  • 2006 - 2009: research assistant in the interdisciplinary DFG-project "Reception and Effects of Violent Computer Games" cooperation project of Jun. Prof. Mario Gollwitzer (University of Landau), Prof. Dr. Peter Vorderer (Free University of Amsterdam) and Jun. Prof. Dr. Christoph KlIMM (University of Mainz). Duration 10 / 2006-09 / 2009.
  • 2004 - 2006: Practical work as a certified psychologist at the early intervention center for children with developmental delays and disorders of Lebenshilfe Landshut eV
  • 1997 - 2004: Study of psychology at the University of Trier.
Journal Editorship and Scientific Associations' memberships Show content

Associate Editor of European Journal of Social Psychology

Reviewer & Preparation of ad-hoc reports

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Social Justice Research
  • European Journal of Personality
  • European Journal of Personality Assessment
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Journal of Communication
  • Journal of Media Psychology

Member of professional societies and associations

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • International Society for Justice Research (ISJR)
  • International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP)
  • German Psychological Society (DGPs)
Publications Show content

Check out Tobias Rothmund research and profile at Researchgate.


  • Bromme, L., Rothmund, T., & Caprara, GV (2020). A translation and validation of the Perceived Political Self-Efficacy (P-PSE) Scale for the use in German samples. Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences, 2  (1).


  • Rothmund, T., Bromme, L., & Azevedo, F. (2019). How justice sensitivity can foster and impair support for populist radical right parties and politicians in the US and in Germany. Political Psychology.
  • Womick, J., Rothmund, T., Azevedo, F., King, LA, & Jost, JT (2019). Group-Based Dominance and Authoritarian Aggression Predict Support for Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10 (5), 643-652.
  • Halmburger, A., Baumert, A., & Rothmund, T. (2019). Seen One, Seen 'Em All? Do Reports About Law Violations of a Single Politician Impair the Perceived Trustworthiness of Politicians in General and of the Political System? Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 7 (1). .
  • Azevedo, F., Jost, JT, Rothmund, T., & Sterling, J. (2019). Neoliberal ideology and the justification of inequality in capitalist societies: Why social and economic dimensions of ideology are intertwined. Journal of Social Issues  75 (1), 49-88.


  • Stier, S., Bleier, A., Bonart, M., Mörsheim, F., Bohlouli, M., Nizhegorodov, M., Posch, L., Maier, J., Rothmund, T., & Staab, S. (2018). Systematically Monitoring Social Media: The Case of the German Federal Election 2017. GESIS Papers 2018 | 04 .
  • Halmburger, A., Rothmund, T., Baumert, A., & Maier, J. (2018). Trust in Politicians. Understanding and Measuring the Perceived Trustworthiness of Specific Politicians and Politicians in General as Multidimensional Constructs. In E. Bytzek, U. Rosar, & M. Steinbrecher:  Perception - Personality - Attitudes. Psychological theories and methods in election and attitude research,  Wiesbaden: Springer VS. doi: 10.1007 / 978-3-658-21216-2_8
  • Rothmund, T., Elson, M., Appel, M., Kneer, J., Pfetsch, J., Schneider, F. & Zahn, C. (2018). Does Exposure to Violence in Entertainment Media Make People Aggressive? In E. Sørensen (Ed.), Cultures of Computer Game Concerns. The Child Across Families, Law, Science and Industry (p. 267-282). Bielefeld: transcript. For further information 
  • Sørensen, E., Elson, M. & Rothmund, T. (2018). Psychology's Multiple Concerns About Research on the Effects of Media Violence. In E. Sørensen (Ed.)  Cultures of Computer Game Concerns. The Child Accross Families, La, Science and Industry  (p. 283-294). Bielefeld: transcript. For further information
  • Rothmund, T., KlIMM, C., & Gollwitzer, M. (2018). Low Temporal Stability of Excessive Video Game Use in German Adolescents. Journal of Media Psychology, 30,  53-65.


  • Azevedo, F., Jost, JT, & Rothmund, T. (2017). Making America great again: System justification in the US presidential election of 2016.  Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 3 (3), 231-240.
  • Rothmund, T. (2017). Personality and Political Affiliation. In V. Zeigler-Hill & TK Shackelford. Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Advance online publication.
  • Nauroth, P., Gollwitzer, M., Kozuchowski, H., Bender, J., & Rothmund, T.,  (2017). The effects of social identity threat and social identity, affirmation on laypersons perception of scientists. Public Understanding of Science. 26(7), 754770.
  • Baumert, A., Halmburger, A., Rothmund, T., & Schemer, C. (2017). Every-day dynamics in generalized social and political trust. Journal of Research in Personality, 69, 44-54.
  • Rothmund, T., Gollwitzer, M., Nauroth, P., & Bender, J. (2017). Motivierte Wissenschaftsrezeption. Psychologische Rundschau, 68, 193-197,
  • Rothmund, T., Stavrova, O., & Schlösser, T. (2017). Justice Concerns can feed Nationalistic Concerns and impede Solidarity in the Euro Crisis - How Victim Sensitivity translates into Political Attitudes. Social Justice Research, 30(1), 48-71.


  • Bender, J., Rothmund, T., Nauroth, P., & Gollwitzer, M. (2016). How Moral Threat Shapes Laypersons Engagement with Science. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(12), 1723-1735.
  • Yudkin, D., Rothmund, T., Twardawski, M., Thalla, N., & van Bavel, D. (2016). Reflexive intergroup bias in third-party punishment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 1448-1459.
  • Rothmund, T., & Otto, L., (2016). The changing role of media use in political participation. Journal of Media Psychology. 28, 97-99.
  • Bondü, R., Rothmund, T., & Gollwitzer, M. (2016). Mutual Long-Term Effects of School Bullying, Victimization, and Justice Sensitivity in Adolescents. Journal of Adolescence. 48, 68-72.
  • Klimmt, C., Sowka, A., Sjöström, A., Ditrich, L., Gollwitzer, M. & Rothmund, T. (2016). Wie Journalisten mit sozialwissenschaftlicher Evidenz umgehen: Erkenntnisse aus einem Workshop. In G. Ruhrmann, S. H. Kessler & L. Guenther (Hrsg.), Wissenschaftskommunikation zwischen Risiko und (Un-)Sicherheit (S. 75-90). Köln: Halem. Für mehr Informationen
  • Rothmund, T., Becker, J., & Jost, J. T. (2016). The Psychology of Social Justice in Political Thought and Action. In M. Schmitt & C. Sabbagh. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt. Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research (p. 275-293).Springer: New York. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-3216-0


  • Rothmund, T., & Arzheimer, K. (2015). Politische Ideologien. In S. Zmerli & O. Feldman: Politische Psychologie. Handbuch für Studium und Wissenschaft. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 123-143. Für mehr Informationen
  • Rothmund, T., Bender, J., Nauroth, P., Gollwitzer, M. (2015). Public concerns about violent video games are moral concerns - How moral threat can make pacifists susceptible to scientific and political claims against violent video games. European Journal of Social Psychology45(6), 769-783,
  • Kehr, F., Rothmund, T., Füllgraf, W., & Gollwitzer, M. (2015). Prädiktoren sicherheitsrelevanten Verhaltens bei jugendlichen Computernutzern. Datenschutz und Datensicherheit, 39(5), 303-307,
  • Grimm, R., Maier, M. & Rothmund, T. (2015). Vertrauen. Ein interdisziplinäres Referenzmodell. Datenschutz und Datensicherheit, 39(5), 283-288,
  • Nauroth, P, Gollwitzer, M., Bender, J., Rothmund, T. (2015) Social Identity Threat Motivates Science-Discrediting Online Comments. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117476.
  • Rothmund, T., Gollwitzer, M.., Bender, J., & Klimmt, C. (2015). Short- and Long-Term Effects of Video Game Violence on Interpersonal Trust. Media Psychology, 18(1), 106-133,


  • Maier, M., Rothmund, T., Retzbach, A., Otto, L., & Besley, J. (2014). Informal Learning Through Science Media Usage. Educational Psychologist., 49(2), 86-103,
  • Nauroth, P., Gollwitzer, M., Bender, J., & Rothmund, T. (2014). Gamers against Science. The Case of the Violent Video Games Debate. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44(2), 104-116,
  • Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., Klimmt, C., Nauroth, J., & Bender, J. (2014). Gründe und Konsequenzen einer verzerrten Darstellung und Wahrnehmung sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschungsbefunde: Das Beispiel der Killerspiele-Debatte. In: R. Bromme & M. Prenzel (Hrsg.) Von der Forschung zur evidenzbasierten Entscheidung: Die Darstellung und das öffentliche Verständnis der empirischen Bildungsforschung. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 17(4), 101-117. Wiesbaden: VS Springer. Für mehr Informationen
  • Rothmund, T., Baumert, A., & Zinkernagel, A. (2014). The German "Wutbürger" - How Justice Sensitivity Accounts for Individual Differences in Political Engagement. Social Justice Research. 27(1), 24-44,
  • Nauroth, P., Bender, J., Rothmund, T., & Gollwitzer, M. (2014). Die "Killerspiel"-Diskussion. Wie die Forschung zur Wirkung gewalthaltiger Medien in der Öffentlichkeit wahrgenommen wird. In T. Porsch & S. Pieschl (Hrsg.), Neue Medien und deren Schatten. Mediennutzung, Medienwirkung und Medienkompetenz. Hogrefe. Für mehr Informationen
  • Rothmund, T., & Baumert, A. (2014). Shame on Me - Implicit Assessment of Negative Moral Self-Evaluation in Shame-Proneness. Social Psychological & Personality Science. 5(2), 195-202,


  • Rothmund, T. & Imhoff, R. (2013). Politische Psychologie - Politisches Handeln verstehen und gestalten. Editorial für das Special Issue "Politische Psychologie" im Onlinemagazin "The Inquisite Mind". In-Mind, 9/2013,
  • Bender, J., Rothmund, T., & Gollwitzer, M., (2013). Biased Estimation of Violent Video Games Effects on Aggression: Contributing Factors and Boundary Conditions. Societies, 3, 383-398.
  • Schmitt, M., Gollwitzer, M., Baumert, A., Blum, G., Gschwendner, T., Hofmann, W., & Rothmund, T. (2013). Proposal of a Nonlinear Interaction of Person and Situation (NIPS) model. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:499.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., & Süßenbach, P. (2013). The Sensitivity to Mean Intentions (SeMI) Model: Basic Assumptions, Recent Findings, and Potential Avenues for Future Research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 415-426.
  • Sjöström, A., Sowka, A., Gollwitzer, M., Klimmt, C., & Rothmund, T. (2013). Exploring Audience Judgments of Social Science in Media Discourse: The Case of the Violent Video Games Debate. Journal of Media Psychology, 25(1), 27-38.
  • Baumert, A., Rothmund, T., Thomas, N., Gollwitzer, M. & Schmitt, M. (2013). Justice as a moral motive - Belief in a just world and justice sensitivity as potential indicators of the justice motive. In K. Heinrichs, F. Oser & T. Lovat (Eds.) Handbook of Moral Motivation: Theories,  Models,  Applications (p. 159-179). Sense Publishers.
  • Rothmund, T., Gollwitzer, M., Baumert, A, & Schmitt, M. (2013). The Psychological Functions of Justice in Mass Media. In R. Tamborini (Ed.), Media and the Moral Mind (p. 170-197). Routledge.


  • Halmburger, A., Rothmund, T., Schulte, M., & Baumert, A. (2012). Psychological Reactions to Political Scandals: Effects on Emotions, Trust and the Need for Punishment. Politsche Pychologie - Journal of Political Psychology, 12-02, 30-51.
  • Rothmund, T., Baumert, A., & Schmitt, M. (2012). Can Network Models Represent Personality Structures and Processes Better than Trait Models Do? European Journal of Personality, 26, 444-445.
  • Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., Alt, B., & Jekel, M. (2012). Victim Sensitivity and the Accuracy of Social Judgment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(8), 975-984.
  • Rothmund, T. & Gollwitzer, M. (2012). Digitale Spiele und prosoziales Verhalten. In L. Reinecke & S. Trepte (Hrsg.), Unterhaltung in Neuen Medien (S. 326-343). Köln: Halem.


  • Rothmund, T., Mojzisch, A., & Schulz-Hardt, S. (2011). Effects of Consensus Information and Task Demonstrability on Preference-Consistent Information Evaluation and Decision Quality in Group Decision Making. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33(4), 382-390.
  • Hefner, D., Rothmund, T., Gollwitzer, M., & Klimmt, C. (2011). Implicit Measures and Media Effects Research: Challenges and Opportunities.Communication Methods and Measures, 5(3), 181-202.
  • Gollwitzer, M. & Rothmund, T. (2011). What Exactly Are Victim-Sensitive Persons Sensitive To? Journal of Research in Personality, 45(5), 448455.
  • Rothmund, T., Gollwitzer, M. & Klimmt, C. (2011). Of Virtual Victims and Victimized Virtues: Differential Effects of Experienced Aggression in Video Games on Social Cooperation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(1), 107-119.


  • Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., & Sjöström, A. (2010). Psychologische Forschung zur Wirkung gewalthaltiger Videospiele. Ein Überblick. In-Mind, 4/2010,
  • Rothmund, T. & KlIMM, C. (2010). Fighting and killing in computer games: results of media impact research and implications for violence prevention. In H. Lange & T. Leffler (ed.), Learning to  fight as an opportunity to prevent violence. Interdisciplinary analyzes on the problems of violence and the preventive ways of learning to fight  (pp. 77-92). Würzburg: Sports Media.
  • Rothmund, T. (2010). Suspicious Minds - Differential Effects of Virtual Aggression in Video Games on Trust and Cooperation. Dissertation, University of Koblenz-Landau.


  • Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, T., Pfeiffer, A. & Ensenbach, C. (2009). Why and When Justice Sensitivity Leads to Pro and Antisocial Behavior. Journal of Research in Personality, 43 (6), 999-1005.
  • Schmitt, M., Baumert, A., Fetchenhauer, D., Gollwitzer, M., Rothmund, R. & Schlösser, T. (2009). Injustice sensitivity. Psychological Review, 60 (1), 8-22.
  • Gollwitzer, M. & Rothmund, T. (2009). When the need to trust results in unethical behavior: The Sensitivity to Mean Intentions (SeMI) model. In D. De Cremer (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on unethical behavior and decision making (pp. 135-152). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Schmitt, M., Gollwitzer, M., Baumert, A., Gschwendner, T., Hofmann, W. & Rothmund, T. (2008). Traits as Situational Sensitivities: Psychometric and substantive comments on the TASS Model proposed by Marshall and Brown (2006). (Reports from the Working Group on Responsibility, Justice, Morality No. 170). Trier: University of Trier, Department I Psychology.
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