Peter Gollwitzer#

Peter Gollwitzer
Email:peter.gollwitzer 'at'
Membership Number:1729
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GERMANY

Present and Previous Positions
  • Since 1993 Professor, Department of Psychology, Social Psychology and Motivation (Chair), University of Konstanz
  • Since 1999 Professor, Department of Psychology, Social Psychology Program, New York University
  • 1989 - 1992 Senior Researcher, Department: Intention and Action (Head), Max-Planck-Institute for Psychological Research, Munich
  • 1988 Habilitation, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
  • 1984 - 1988 Junior Researcher, Department: Psychology of Motivation, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychological Research, Munich
  • 1982 - 1983 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Psychology of Motivation, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum

Fields of Scholarship
  • Psychology of Action
  • Deliberation, implementation, action, and evaluation mindsets: Information processing at different phases of goal pursuit
  • Goal intentions versus implementation intentions: Differential effects on cognition, affect, and behavior
  • Differences in conscious vs. non-conscious goal pursuit
  • Willful control of unwanted automatic thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • Emotional states of mind: Effects on action control
  • Persistence in goal pursuit: Effective self-regulatory thoughts
  • Affective consequences of goal implementation: The speed of goal pursuit
  • Neuropsychological aspects of action control: e.g., effects of implementation intentions in frontal lobe patients
  • Health promoting behaviors: The role of goals and plans
  • Flexibility/rigidity in goal pursuit
  • Self and identity
  • Symbolic self-completion: Various forms of self-symbolizing as a consequence of self-definitional incompleteness
  • Social reality of self-symbolizing: Effects of public recognition of self-definitional symbols
  • Social interaction: Interpersonal insensitivity as a consequence of self-symbolizing
  • Intentions as symbols: Negative effects on action initiation
  • Identity conflicts: Motivational versus volitional crises
  • Willful pursuit of identity: A life-span perspective

Honours and Awards
  • Max Planck Research Award, 1990, Max Planck Society (Germany)
  • TRANSCOOP Award for International Research Cooperations, 1994, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany)
  • Charter Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, since 1998
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association, since 2002
  • Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, since 2009
  • “How goals and plans affect cognition and behavior.” Keynote Speaker at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New Orleans, 2009
  • “The psychology of goals.” State-of-the-Art Address at the 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China, 2004
  • “Rigidity/flexibility in planned goal pursuit.” Keynote Lecture at the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece, 2006

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