Dr. J. Lukas Thürmer

Dr. J. Lukas Thürmer
Department of Psychology

Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 (0)662 / 8044 – 5111
Fax.: +43 (0)662 / 8044 – 5126

Web: pip.plus.ac.at

Room: 2.061
Office hours: by appointment

ORCID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5315-2847

Research group: Political and Intercultural Psychology


Academic Posts:

  • since 10/2023 Univ. Prof. for Economic Psychology at Private University Schloss Seeburg
  • summer semester 2023 Interim Professor Social Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
  • since 2019 Permanent researcher for political and intercultural psychology in the department of psychology at PLUS
  • 2018-2019 Post-Doc, Chair for Economic- and Social-Psychology, University of Göttingen (Prof. Stefan Schulz-Hardt)
  • 2017-2018 EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship, Chair for Economic- and Social-Psychology, University of Göttingen (Prof. Stefan Schulz-Hardt) and Chair for Organisational Studies, University of Konstanz (Prof. Florian Kunze)
  • 2016-2017 EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, USA (Prof. John Levine)
  • 2015-2016 Interim Professor, Social Psychology & Motivation at the University of Konstanz
  • 2009-2015 Junior scientist at the University of Konstanz


  • 2023 FWF START Price 
  • 2023 Wiley Top Cited Article European Journal of Social Psychology 
  • 2022 Nominee INGRoup Early Career Award 
  • 2021 Emerald Literati Award: Best Paper Management Decision 


How do teams reach their goals in intercultural and political contexts? This question inspires my research, with a current focus on collective planning, reactions to criticism within and between groups, and how groups deal with low performers. I am currently working on integrating these three streams of research into one comprehensive model.

Key Publications:

  • Thürmer, J. L., & Mccrea, S. M. (2023). Behavioral consequences of intergroup sensitivity. Social and Personality Psychology Compass17(1), Artikel e12716.   https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12716 cit
  • Thürmer, J. L., & McCrea, S. M. (2023). What Motivates the Vaccination Rift Effect? Psycho-Linguistic Features of Responses to Calls to Get Vaccinated Differ by Source and Recipient Vaccination Status. Vaccines11(3), Artikel 503.   https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11030503 cit
  • Thürmer, J. L., & Kunze, F. (2023). Reaction to Poor Performers in Task Groups: A Model of Pro-Group Intent. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology124(1), 123–144.   https://doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000396 cit
  • Thürmer, J. L., & McCrea, S. M. (2021). Disentangling the Intergroup Sensitivity Effect: Defending the ingroup or enforcing general norms? European Journal of Social Psychology (Online-first Article).   https://doi.org/dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2748 cit
  • Thürmer, J. L., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2021). How can we master the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic? The role of planning across social levels. European Review of Social Psychology (Online-first Article).   https://doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2020.1852699 c
  • Thürmer, J. L., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2020). Management in times of crisis: Can collective plans prepare teams to make and implement good decisions? Management Decision58(10), 2155-2176.   https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-08-2020-1088 c
  • Thürmer, J. L., McCrea, S. M., & McIntyre, B. M. (2019). Motivated collective defensiveness: Group members prioritize counterarguing out-group criticism over getting their work done. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10(3), 382-392.   https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618762298 c

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