Lotte Pummerer

Lotte Pummerer

Short Bio

I got my PhD in Psychology at Tubingen University in 2022 and have been working as a PostDoc in the Social and Economic Psychology Group since May 2023. I studied Psychology (M. Sc. 2017) with a Fulbright Scholarship at Georgia Southern University, USA, specializing in Social Psychology, Moral Psychology and Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. I also hold a diploma in Religious Studies, studying in Leipzig, Beirut and Tubingen.


Dr. Lotte Pummerer
Cognium Building, Raum 0480
Hochschulring 18
28359 Bremen

Office hours: by arrangement

pummerer (at)
phone: +49-421-218-68522

Work Focus

My research interests are science skepticism (for example in the form of conspiracy theories), social norms, prosociality and moral views. More concretely, I am involved in studies examining correlates, antecedents and social consequences of conspiracy theories, and how they are shaped by moral views and social norms. I am also interested in what motivates individuals to show prosociality, and how this is affected by situational factors. I enjoy teaching social psycholgy in the Master’s and Bachelor’s program and supervising theses.

Key Publications

  • Pummerer, L., Böhm, R., Lilleholt, L., Winter, K., Zettler, I., & Sassenberg, K. (2022). Conspiracy theories and their societal effects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Psychological and Personality Science13(1), 49-59. DOI: 10.1177/19485506211000217
  • Pummerer, L. (2022). Belief in conspiracy theories and non-normative behavior. Current Opinion in Psychology47, 101394. DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2022.101394
  • Pummerer, L., Ditrich, L., Winter, K., & Sassenberg, K. (2022). Think About It! Deliberation Reduces the Negative Relation Between Conspiracy Belief and Adherence to Prosocial Norms. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/19485506221144150
  • Winter, K., Hornsey, M. J., Pummerer, L., & Sassenberg, K. (2022). Anticipating and defusing the role of conspiracy beliefs in shaping opposition to wind farms. Nature Energy7(12), 1200-1207. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-022-01164-w