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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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: https://doi.org/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

Sprengholz P, Korn L, Eitze S, Felgendreff L, Siegers R, Goldhahn L et al. Attitude toward a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and its determinants: Evidence from serial cross-sectional surveys conducted throughout the pandemic in Germany. Vaccine. 2022 Dec 5;40(51):7370-7377. Epub 2022 Feb 7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.01.065

Plechata A, Makransky G, Böhm R. Can extended reality in the metaverse revolutionise health communication? npj Digital Medicine. 2022 Sep 2;5:132. doi: 10.1038/s41746-022-00682-x

Jirsa VK, Petkoski S, Wang H, Woodman M, Fousek J, Betsch C et al. Integrating psychosocial variables and societal diversity in epidemic models for predicting COVID-19 transmission dynamics. PLOS Digital Health. 2022 Aug 31;1(8):e0000098. doi: 10.1101/2020.08.12.20173252, 10.1371/journal.pdig.0000098

Böhm R, Holtmann‐Klenner C, Korn L, Santana AP, Betsch C. Behavioral determinants of antibiotic resistance: The role of social information. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. 2022 Aug;14(3):757-775. Epub 2022 Feb 1. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12345

Geiger M, Rees F, Lilleholt L, Santana AP, Zettler I, Wilhelm O et al. Measuring the 7Cs of Vaccination Readiness. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. 2022 Jul;38(4):261-269. Epub 2021 Jun 16. doi: https://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000663

Rees F, Geiger M, Lilleholt L, Zettler I, Betsch C, Böhm R et al. Measuring parents’ readiness to vaccinate themselves and their children against COVID-19. Vaccine. 2022 Jun 21;40(29):3825-3834. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.04.091

Sprengholz P, Felgendreff L, Böhm R, Betsch C. Vaccination policy reactance: Predictors, consequences, and countermeasures. Journal of Health Psychology. 2022 May;27(6):1394-1407. doi: 10.1177/13591053211044535

Santana AP, Korn L, Betsch C, Böhm R. Lessons learned about willingness to adopt various protective measures during the early COVID-19 pandemic in three countries. PLoS ONE. 2022 Mar 29;17(3):e0265892. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0265892

Vandeweerdt C, Luong T, Atchapero M, Mottelson A, Holz C, Makransky G et al. Virtual reality reduces COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the wild: a randomized trial. Scientific Reports. 2022 Mar 17;12(1):4593. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-08120-4

Doesum NJV, Murphy RO, Gallucci M, Aharonov-Majar E, Athenstaedt U, Au WT et al. Reply to Nielsen et al.: Social mindfulness is associated with countries’ environmental performance and individual environmental concern. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2022 Feb 25;119(9):e2122077119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2122077119

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