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Frank Wieber

Frank Wieber

My main research interest is in self-regulation. In particular, my research focuses on the question how people can self-regulate more effectively to overcome problems during goal striving (e.g., not getting started to act on a goal, not continuing goal-directed actions, not disengaging on time from unattainable goals, or to overextending oneself). If-then plans (implementation intentions; Gollwitzer, 1993) are examined as a strategy to help people to reach their goals by bridging the so-called intention-behavior gap. More recently, I started to investigate how self-regulatory strategies can support goal attainment of individuals as well as groups in challenging interpersonal, intra-and intergroup contexts.

Primary Interests:

  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Büttner, O. B., Wieber, F., Schulz, A. M., Bayer, U. C., Florack, A., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (in press). Visual attention and goal pursuit: Deliberative and implemental mindsets affect breadth of attention. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • McCrea, S. M., Wieber, F, & Myers, A. L. (2012). Construal level mindsets moderate self and social stereotyping. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 51-68.
  • Sassenberg, K., & Wieber, F. (2005). Don't ignore the other half: The impact of ingroup identification on implicit measures of prejudice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 621-632.
  • Suchodoletz, A. v., Trommsdorff, G., Heikamp, T., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2009). Transition to School: The Role of Kindergarten Children's Behavior Regulation. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 561-566.
  • Wieber, F., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Sezer, L.A. (2014). Asking "why" helps action control by goals but not plans. Motivation and Emotion, 38, 65-78.
  • Wieber, F., Odenthal, G., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2010). Self-efficacy feelings moderate implementation intention effects. Self and Identity, 9, 177-194.
  • Wieber, F., & Sassenberg, K. (2006). I can't take my eyes off of it: Attention attraction effects of implementation intentions. Social Cognition, 24, 723-752.
  • Wieber, F., Suchodoletz, A. v., Heikamp, T., Trommsdorff, G., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2011). If-then planning helps school-aged children to ignore attractive distractions. Social Psychology, 39-47.
  • Wieber, F., Thürmer, J. L., Gollwitzer, P. M. (2012). Collective action control by goals and plans: Applying a self-regulation perspective to group performance. American Journal of Psychology, 125, 275-290.
  • Wieber, Gollwitzer, P. M. & Sheeran, P. (2014). Strategic regulation of mimicry effects by implementation intentions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 31-39.

Other Publications:

  • Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (in press). Planning and the control of action - How spontaneous and strategic use of goal-related knowledge supports goal attainment. In P. Meusburger (Series Ed.), Knowledge and space: Vol. 9. Knowledge and action. New York, NY, US: Springer Science + Business Media.
  • Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2010). Overcoming procrastination through implementation intentions. In C. Andreou and M. D. White (Eds.), The thief of time: Philosophical essays on procrastination. (pp.185-205). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wieber, F., Thürmer, J. L., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2013). Intentional action control in individuals and groups. In G. Seebaß, M. Schmitz, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.), Acting intentionally and its limits: Individuals, groups, institutions (pp. 133-162). Berlin: DeGruyter.
  • Gollwitzer, P. M., Wieber, F., Myers, A. L., & McCrea S. M. (2010). How to maximize implementation intention effects. In C. R. Agnew, D. E. Carlston, W. G. Graziano, & J. R. Kelly (Eds.), Then a miracle occurs: Focusing on behavior in social psychological theory and research (pp. 137-161). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Thürmer, J. L., Wieber, F., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (in press). Planning high performance: Can groups and teams benefit from implementation intentions? In M. D. Mumford & M. Frese (Eds.), The psychology of planning in organizations: Research and applications. New York, NY, US: Routledge.
  • Wieber, F., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Seebaß, G. (Eds.). (2011). Limits of Intentionality: An Interdisciplinary Approach [Special Issue]. Social Psychology, 42, 4-8.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced research methods
  • Free Will -- An Illusion? Interdisciplinary seminar
  • Group processes
  • Psychology of action
  • Social psychology 1 - Introductory lecture
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice

Frank Wieber
Social Psychology and Motivation
Postbox 39
University of Konstanz
78462 Konstanz

  • Phone: +49-7531-882877
  • Fax: +49-7531-883286

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