Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Robert Böhm

Universitaetsstrasse 7 (NIG)

1010 Vienna

Room: D0603B

T: +43-1-4277-47332



For a CV and further details, see https://robertboehm.info/ 


Current advisory positions:

  • Member of the Technical Advisory Group on Behavioral and Cultural Insights (TAG BCI), World Health Organization/Regional Office for Europe

Key publications

Henkel, L., Sprengholz, P., Betsch, C., & Böhm, R. (in press). The association between vaccination status identification and societal polarization. Nature Human Behaviour.

Böhm, R., Betsch, C., Litovsky, Y., Sprengholz, P., Brewer, N. T., Chapman, G., Leask, J., Loewenstein, G., Scherzer, M., Sunstein, C. R., & Kirchler, M. (2022). Crowdsourcing interventions to promote uptake of COVID-19 booster vaccines. eClinicalMedicine, 53, 101632.

Böhm, R., Halevy, N., & Kugler, T. (2022). The power of defaults in intergroup conflict. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 168, 104105.

Gross, J., & Böhm, R. (2020). Voluntary restrictions on self-reliance increase cooperation and mitigate wealth inequality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 17, 29202-29211.

Pfattheicher, S., Nockur, L., Böhm, R., Sassenrath, C., & Petersen, M. B. (2020). The emotional path to action: Empathy promotes physical distancing and wearing of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological Science, 31, 1363-1373.

Betsch, C., Korn, L., Sprengholz, P., Felgendreff, L., Eitze, S., Schmid, P., & Böhm, R. (2020). Social and behavioral consequences of mask policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 21851-21853.

Korn, L., Böhm, R., Meier, N., & Betsch, C. (2020). Vaccination as a social contract. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 17, 14891-14899.

Böhm, R., Theelen, M. M. P., Rusch, H., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2018). Costs, needs, and integration efforts shape helping behavior toward refugees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 7284-7289.

Pfattheicher, S., & Böhm, R. (2018). Honesty-Humility under threat: Self-uncertainty destroys trust among the nice guys. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 179-194.

Betsch., C., Böhm, R., Korn, L, & Holtmann, C. (2017). On the benefits of explaining herd immunity in vaccine advocacy. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 0056.

Böhm, R., Rusch, H., & Gürerk, Ö. (2016). What makes people go to war? Defensive intentions motivate retaliatory and preemptive intergroup aggression. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37, 29-34.

Buttelmann, D., & Böhm, R. (2014). The ontogeny of the motivation that underlies in-group bias. Psychological Science, 25, 921-927.


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Scholz DD, Bader M, Betsch C, Böhm R, Lilleholt L, Sprengholz P et al. The moderating role of trust in pandemic-relevant institutions on the relation between pandemic fatigue and vaccination intentions. Journal of Health Psychology. 2024 Mar;29(4):358-364. Epub 2023. doi: 10.1177/13591053231201038

Sirota M, Habersaat KB, Betsch C, Bonga DL, Borek A, Buckel A et al. We must harness the power of social and behavioural science against the growing pandemic of antimicrobial resistance. Nature Human Behaviour. 2024 Jan;8(1):11-13. Epub 2023 Nov 20. doi: 10.1038/s41562-023-01762-y

Sprengholz P, Henkel L, Böhm R, Betsch C. Historical narratives about the COVID-19 pandemic are motivationally biased. Nature. 2023 Nov 16;623:588-593. Epub 2023 Nov 1. doi: 10.1038/s41586-023-06674-5

Santana AP, Korn L, Betsch C, Krockow EM, Sievert EDC, Gross M et al. Understanding and reducing inappropriate antibiotic use in the context of delayed prescriptions. Health Psychology. 2023 Oct 23;43(3):194-202. Epub 2023. doi: 10.1037/hea0001323

Lilleholt L, Böhm R, Zettler I. Who comments, commends, and complains in online scientific studies? Personality Science. 2023 Oct 18;2023(4):e7537. doi: 10.5964/ps.7537

Lilleholt L, Zettler I, Betsch C, Böhm R. Development and validation of the pandemic fatigue scale. Nature Communications. 2023 Oct 10;14(1):6352. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-42063-2

Santana APS, Korn L, Betsch C, Böhm R. Promoting prosociality toward future generations in antibiotic intake. Journal of Health Psychology. 2023 Sep;28(11):1024-1037. Epub 2023 Feb 1. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053221149526

Böhm R, Sprengholz P, Betsch C, Partheymüller J. Filter Questions in Symptom Assessment Affect the Prevalence of (A)Symptomatic COVID-19 Cases. Medical Decision Making. 2023 May;43(4):530-534. Epub 2023. doi: 10.1177/0272989X231158380

Böhm R, Letmathe P, Schinner M. The monetary value of competencies: A novel method and case study in smart manufacturing. Technological Forecasting & Social Change. 2023 Apr;189(April 2023):122331. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2023.122331

Columbus S, Thielmann I, Zettler I, Böhm R. Parochial reciprocity. Evolution and Human Behavior. 2023 Mar;44(2):131-139. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2023.02.001

Plechatá A, Vandeweerdt C, Atchapero M, Luong T, Holz C, Betsch C et al. Experiencing herd immunity in virtual reality increases COVID-19 vaccination intention: Evidence from a large-scale field intervention study. Computers in Human Behavior. 2023 Feb;139:107533. Epub 2022 Oct 17. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2022.107533

Henkel L, Sprengholz P, Korn L, Betsch C, Böhm R. The association between vaccination status identification and societal polarization. Nature Human Behaviour. 2023 Feb;7(2):231-239. Epub 2022 Nov 3. doi: 10.1038/s41562-022-01469-6

Jörling M, Eitze S, Schmid P, Betsch C, Allen J, Böhm R. To disclose or not to disclose? Factors related to the willingness to disclose information to a COVID-19 tracing app. Information, Communication & Society. 2023;26(10):1954-1978. Epub 2022 Mar 28. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2022.2050418

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