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 Austrian COVID-19 crisis coordination committee (Gesamtstaatliche COVID-Krisenkoordination; "GECKO")
  • 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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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. https://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000663

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. 4593. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-08120-4

Sääksvuori L, Lauffenburger J, (ed.), Betsch C, Nohynek H, Salo H, Sivelä J et al. Information nudges for influenza vaccination: Evidence from a large-scale cluster-randomized controlled trial in Finland. PLOS Medicine. 2022 Feb 9;19(2). e1003919. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003919

Doesum NJV, Murphy RO, Gallucci M, Aharonov-Majar E, Athenstaedt U, Au WT et al. Reply to Komatsu et al.: From local social mindfulness to global sustainability efforts? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2022 Jan 25;119(4). e2119303118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2119303118

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