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Dr. J. Lukas Thürmer

Dr. J. Lukas Thürmer

Head of the Group

Lukas Thürmer investigates on how teams reach their goals in political and intercultural contexts. His work evolved around if-then planning with collective implementation intentions. More recently, Lukas started investigating the role of criticism in group goal progress and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship allowed him to study reactions low performers in teams.


Dr. Oleksandra Loshenko

Visiting Scholar

Oleksandra began her studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, completed a PhD in Psychological sciences from the same university in 2014, researching the psychological factors of emotional competence of personality. Her scientific interests include: emotional intelligence and its measurement, emotional self-awareness, burnout syndrome, neurobiology of emotions, the role of emotions in decision-making.

Jakob Reichert

Jakob Reichert

Doctoral Candidate

After completing his degrees in Political Science (BA) and Psychology (MSc), Jakob Reichert’s current PhD project examines psychological group processes underlying Democratic Backsliding and elaborates a political-psychological framework of the democratic process.



Manuela A. Wagner, MSc.

Doctoral Candidate

Manuela A. Wagner holds a high interest in how cultural aspects influence behavioural aspects. Currently, she focusses in her research on investigating the role of criticism in group goal progress in an international context. She is a doctoral candidate at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg.



Betül Kurban

Research Intern

Betül Kurban has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Counselling and is currently pursuing a BSc degree in Psychology at Istanbul University as part of her double degree programme. At the moment, she is doing her Erasmus+ internship at Paris Lodron University Salzburg. She is interested in group progress in intercultural contexts.



Julia Prohaska 

Research Intern

Julia Prohaska is a studying psychology and sociology at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg. In the course of her studies, she is particularly interested in social processes within and between groups. She finds it exciting to apply the different perspectives of the two disciplines in her daily work as a student.




Theresa Sünkel

Theresa Sünkel completed her bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology and has since focused on group processes and dealing with conflicts. Mediating between groups is also the content of her master’s thesis, in which the influence of social identity on the emotional reaction of appeals for vaccination is investigated in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Teresa Rüschenschmidt

Teresa Rüschenschmidt is a Master’s student in the PIP group and particularly interested in how group processes can help explain health behavior. In her Master’s thesis, she examines the Intergroup Sensitivity Effect in reactions to group criticism. The study addresses the rifts according to people’s vaccination status in the current Covid-19 pandemic. She includes qualitative interviews to gain a better understanding of why people are hesitant to get vaccinated.

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