Associate Professor of Social Cognition

Room: IB 4/161
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19543


Research Areas

  • Attitude Formation
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • Interpersonal Attraction
  • Information Sampling
  • Valence Asymmetries
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Selected Publications

  • Alves, H., Vogel, T., Grüning, D., & Mata, A. (in press). Why Leading is (Almost) as Important as Winning. Cognition.
  • Alves, H. & Imhoff, R. (in press). Evaluative Context and Conditioning Effects Among Same and Different Objects. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Alves, H., Uğurlar, P., & Unkelbach, C. (2021). Typical is Trustworthy - Evidence for a Generalized Heuristic. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 19485506211031722.
  • Alves, H., Högden, F., Gast, A., Aust, F., & Unkelbach, C. (2020). Attitudes from Mere Co-occurrences are Guided by Differentiation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119, 560–581.
  • Alves, H., & Mata, A. (2019). The Redundancy in Cumulative Information and How it Biases Impressions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117, 1035–1060.
  • Alves, H., Koch, A., & Unkelbach, C. (2018). A Cognitive-Ecological Explanation of Intergroup Biases. Psychological Science29, 1126–1133. 
  • Alves, H. (2018). Sharing Rare Attitudes Attracts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin44, 1270–1283.
  • Alves, H., Koch, A. S., & Unkelbach, C. (2017). Why Good is More Alike than Bad: Processing implications. Trends in Cognitive Sciences21, 72–82.
  • Alves, H., Koch, A., & Unkelbach, C. (2017). The "Common Good" Phenomenon: Why Similarities are Positive and Differences are Negative. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General146, 512–528.
  • Alves, H., Koch, A., & Unkelbach, C. (2016). My Friends are All Alike—The Relation Between Liking and Perceived Similarity in Person Perception. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology62, 103–117.

Awards and Grants

  • Best Paper Award 2020, International Social Cognition Network
    • Unkelbach, C., Alves, H., & Koch, A. (2020). Negativity bias, positivity bias, and valence asymmetries: Explaining the differential processing of positive and negative information. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology62, 115-187.
  • European Research Council (ERC) – Starting Grant 2020
    • Project: „The Cognitive-Ecological Challenge of Diversity”

  • Best Paper Award 2013, European Social Cognition Network
    • Alves, H., Koch, A., & Unkelbach, C. (2017). The "common good" phenomenon: Why similarities are positive and differences are negative. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General146, 512–528.
  • Fulbright Scholarship 2009
    • Study abroad at Arizona State University