Gollwitzer, Anton

Associate Research Scientist

Curriculum Vitae


I am an Assistant Professor at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway and an Associate Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Broadly speaking, I research psychological processes and human behavior, with a particular focus on non-normative behaviors. Recent topics include people's perceptions of social outliers, what drives fanaticism, and the sharing of misinformation and propaganda.   

I received my PhD at Yale University in 2021. Prior to that, I completed degrees in Computer Science and Psychology at New York University.

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Oettingen, G., Gollwitzer, A., Jung, J., & Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2022). Misplaced Certainty in the Context of Conspiracy Theories. Current Opinion in Psychology.  

Gollwitzer, A., Olcaysoy Okten, I., Osorio Pizarro, A., & Oettingen, G. (2022). Discordant Knowing: A Social Cognitive Structure Underlying Fanaticism. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

Marshall, J., Gollwitzer*, A., Mermin-Bunnell, N., & Mandalaywala, P. (2022). The role of status in the early emergence of pro-White bias in rural Uganda. Developmental Science.

*shared first-authorship

Marshall, J., Gollwitzer, A., Mermin-Bunnell, N., Shinomiya, M., Retelsdorf, J., & Bloom, P. (2022). How development and culture shape intuitions about prosocial obligations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Okten, I. O., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. (2022). When Knowledge is Blinding: The Dangers of Being Certain About the Future. Personality and Individual Differences.

Marshall, J., Gollwitzer, A., & Bloom, P. (2022). Why do children and adults think other people punish? Developmental Psychology.

Gollwitzer, A., Mcloughlin, K., Martel, C., Marshall, J., Höhs, J.M., & Bargh, J.A. (2021). Linking Self-Reported Social Distancing to Real-World Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Social Psychological and Personality Science.  

Gollwitzer, A., Martel, C., Brady, W.J., Pärnamets, P., Freedman, I.G., Knowles, E.D., & Van Bavel, J.J. (2020). Partisan differences in physical distancing are linked to health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature Human Behaviour.

Olcaysoy Okten, I., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. (2020). Gender differences in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Behavioral Science & Policy.

Gollwitzer, A., Martel, C., Bargh, J. A. & Chang, S. W. C. (2020). Aversion towards simple broken patterns predicts moral judgment. Personality and Individual Differences.

Underberg, J.E., Gollwitzer, A., Oettingen, G., & Gollwitzer, P.M. (2020). The best words: Linguistic indicators of grandiose narcissism in politics. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Gollwitzer, A., Marshall, J., & Bargh, J.A. (2020). Pattern deviancy aversion predicts prejudice via a dislike of statistical minorities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Gollwitzer, A., Martel, C., McPartland, J., & Bargh, J.A. (2019). Commentary: Reply to Taylor et al.: Acknowledging the multidimensionality of autism when predicting social psychological skill. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Gollwitzer, A., Martel, C., McPartland, J., & Bargh, J.A. (2019). Autism spectrum traits predict higher social psychological skill. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. (2019). Paradoxical knowing: A shortcut to knowledge and its antisocial correlates. Social Psychology.

Marshall, J., Gollwitzer, A., Wynn, K., & Bloom, P. (2019). The development of corporal third-party punishment. Cognition, 190, 221-229.  

Gollwitzer, A., & Clark, M. S. (2019). Anxious attachment as an antecedent of people's aversion towards pattern deviancy. European Journal of Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2565


Gollwitzer, A., & Bargh, J. A. (2018). Social psychological skill and its correlates. Social Psychology. 

Gollwitzer, A., Wilczynska, M., & Jaya, E. S. (2018).  Targeting the link between loneliness and paranoia

via an interventionist-causal model framework. Psychiatry  Research

Marshall, J., Gollwitzer, A., & Santos, L. R. (2018). Does altercentric interference rely on mentalizing? Results from two level-1 perspective-taking tasks. PloS one.  

Gollwitzer, A., Marshall, J., Wang, Y., & Bargh, J. A. (2017). Relating pattern deviancy aversion to stigma and prejudice. Nature Human Behavior

Gollwitzer, A., Schwörer, B., Stern, C., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Bargh, J. A. (2017). Up and down regulation of a highly automatic process: Implementation intentions can both increase and decrease social projection. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 70, 19-26.


Jaya, E. S., Hillmann, T. E., Reininger, K. M., Gollwitzer, A., & Lincoln, T. M. (2016). Loneliness and psychotic symptoms: The mediating role of depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 1-11.​

Weinreich, A., & Gollwitzer, A. (2016). Automaticity and affective responses in valence transfer: Insights from the crossmodal auditory-visual paradigm. Psychology of Music. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0305735615626519


Duckworth, A. L., Kirby, T. A., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. (2013). From fantasy to action: Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII) improves academic performance in children. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 745-753.


Gollwitzer, A., Oettingen, G., Kirby, T., Duckworth, A. L., & Mayer, D. (2011). Mental contrasting facilitates academic performance in school children. Motivation and Emotion, 35, 403-412.​


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