Dr. Nicole Methner

Dr. Nicole Methner

Department of Psychology
Chair of Social Psychology with special reference to gender and diversity (Prof. Dr. Bruckmüller)

Room: Room 02.225
Nägelsbachstr. 49b
91052 Erlangen

Research Interests

  • (Dis-)Trust
  • Political communication
  • Respect
  • Intergroup relations

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2022 PhD in Psychology (Dr. phil.), University of Koblenz-Landau, Dissertation: A social psychological approach to trust: An integrative framewort of trust as a social attitude and empirical studies on trust in politicians.”
  • 2015 MSc in Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 2011 – 2012 Academic Year Abroad, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • 2010 BSc in Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Research and Teaching Experience

  • Since 2018 Research and teaching associate, Social Psychology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 2019 Research stay at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2016 – 2017 Research and teaching associate, Social, Environmental and Business Psychology, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2015 Research associate, research group “Communication, Media, and Politics”, University Koblenz-Landau
  • 2008 – 2015 Student research assistant (International Graduate College “Conflict and Cooperation between Social Groups“, Department of Social Cognition and Cognitive Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

  • 2018 Support for the EASP meeting “Polarization, Populism, Political Alienation: Causes and Consequences of Social Diversity and Inequality?” (approx. 15,500 Euro) in November 2018, organized with Melanie C. Steffens, Susanne Bruckmüller, Franziska Ehrke, Julia Dupont, and Nadine Knab
  • 2016-2018 Travel grants (approx. 4,300 Euro), University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2016 Ph.D. scholarship, granted by Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • 2016 Ph.D. scholarship, offered by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (declined)
  • 2016 Grant for a research assistant (approx. 2,200 Euro), research group “Communication, Media, and Politics”, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2016 Initial Ph.D. scholarship, granted by the research group “Communication, Media, and Politics”, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2015 Rainer-K.-Silbereisen-Award (Award for the best graduate in the academic year, granted by the Department of Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)
  • 2011/2012 Erasmus scholarship for the academic year at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Central Publications:

Here you can find a complete list of all publications incl. talks.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Methner, N., Dahme, B., & Menzel, C. (in press). The „replication crisis“ and trust in psychological science: How reforms shape public trust in psychology. Social Psychological Bulletin. http://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.12192
  • Hauke-Forman, N., Methner, N., & Bruckmüller, S. (2021). Assertive, but less competent and trustworthy? Perception of police officers with tattoos and piercings. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 36, 523–536. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-021-09447-w
  • Methner, N., Bruckmüller, S., & Steffens, M.C. (2020). Can accepting criticism be an effective impression management strategy for public figures? A comparison with denials and a counterattack. Basic and Applied Social Psychology. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 42(4), 254-275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2020.1754824
  • Dieckmann, J., Steffens, C. M., & Methner, N. (2018). Back to the roots: When diversity evokes increased group-based conventionalism. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 21(2), 351-367. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430216670245
  • Berthold, A., Leicht, C., Methner, N., & Gaum, P. (2013). Seeing the world with the eyes of the outgroup—The impact of perspective taking on the prototypicality of the ingroup relative to the outgroup. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 1034-1041. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2013.07.007

Book chapters

  • Bruckmüller, S., & Methner, N. (2018). The “Big Two” in citizens’ perceptions of politicians. In A. E. Abele & B. Wojciszke (Eds.), Agency and communion in social psychology (pp. 154–166). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203703663-13
  • Steffens, M. C., Niedlich, C., Kachel, S., & Methner, N. (2016). Impression formation of applicants differing in sexual orientation: An attempt to integrate theoretical models and a review of the empirical evidence. In F. Earley (Ed.), Sexual orientation: Perceptions, discrimination and acceptance (pp. 51-80). New York: Nova Science publishers.