Social Psychology Network

Maintained by Scott Plous, Wesleyan University

Kai J. Jonas

Kai J. Jonas

  • Media Contact
  • SPN Mentor

My current research focuses on automatic behavior, the impact of self-regulation and cognitive processes on prejudice, social discrimination, and also on prosocial behavior. In addition, I have also been conducting research on the development and evaluation of interventions and training programs (in the area of Safer Sex and Zivilcourage, for example), as well as being involved in their implementation. Furthermore, I am interested in the concept of heritage and related behaviors.

In 2007, I was mentioned as one of the TOP 5 Young Researchers in Germany by the Die ZEIT/ competition.

Primary Interests:

  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

Note from the Network: The holder of this profile has certified having all necessary rights, licenses, and authorization to post the files listed below. Visitors are welcome to copy or use any files for noncommercial or journalistic purposes provided they credit the profile holder and cite this page as the source.

Image Gallery


  • Beelmann, A., & Jonas, K. J. (Eds.). (2009). Diskriminierung und Toleranz. Definitionen, Befunde und Maßnahmen [Discrimination and Tolerance. Definitions, Findings and Implementation]. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
  • Jonas, K. J., Boos, M., & Brandstätter, V. (Eds.). (2007). Zivilcourage trainieren! Theorie und Praxis [Training moral courage: Theory and Practice]. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Journal Articles:

  • Jonas, K. J., & Brandstätter, V. (2004). Zivilcourage. Theorien, Befunde und Maßnahmen [Moral Courage: Definition, Findings, and Interventions]. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 35, 185-200.
  • Jonas, K. J., & Huguet, P. (2008). What day is today? A social-psychological investigation into the process of time orientation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 353-365.
  • Jonas, K. J., & Sassenberg, K. (2006). Knowing how to react: Response behavior activation from social category primes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 709-721.
  • Sassenberg, K., Jonas, K. J., Shah, J. Y., & Brazy P. C. (2007). Why some groups just feel better: The regulatory fit of group power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 249-267.

Kai J. Jonas
Sociale Psychologie
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Weesperplein 4
1018 XA Amsterdam
The Netherlands

  • Phone: +31 20 525 6888
  • Fax: +31 20 639 1896

Send a message to Kai J. Jonas

Note: You will be emailed a copy of your message.

Psychology Headlines

From Around the World

News Feed (35,797 subscribers)