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Prof. Barbara Krahé

Position: Professor of Psychology | Chair Social Psychology

Unit: Social Psychology

Degree: Dr. phil. (1981, University of Bonn) | Habilitation (1987, University of Landau)

Secretary: Nicole Düngel

Further information: Biography | Publications | Grants | Links

Barbara Krahé is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her current research interests lie in the field of Applied Social Psychology, in particular aggression research (sexual aggression, media violence and aggression) and social information processing in legal contexts (rape myths and victim blaming in judgments about sexual assault). From 2004 to 2012 she was Associate Editor of Aggressive Behavior, and she is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Humanities. For her research achievements in the field of Social Psychology, in particular Aggression Research, she received the German Psychology Prize 2015. She is President of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA, 2018-2020).


August 5, 2019: In the Winter Semester 2019/20, I will be on sabbatical. The weekly office hour will not take place. If you need to see me, please make an appointment via email.

April 15, 2019: A demo version of the Sexual Aggression and Victimization Scale (SAV-S; Krahé & Berger, 2013) is now available online.

November 12, 2018: Publication of a new Briefing Paper on Sexual Assault and Harassment by the International Society for Traumatic Stress (authored by a team of international experts, including Barbara Krahé).

July 13, 2018: Barbara Krahé began her two-year term as President of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA).

April 11, 2018: Barbara Krahé was awarded a new research grant by the German Research Foundation on Preventing Sexual Aggression among College Students: An Online Intervention Study. Duration: June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021.

January 1, 2018: Barbara Krahé was appointed Consulting Editor of the journal Psychology of Violence.

October 20, 2015: Barbara Krahé was awarded the German Psychology Prize 2015 for her social psychological analyses of aggression and violence.

August 6, 2013: Myths about rape myths? Let the evidence speak.  Comment on Reece (2013; "Rape myths: Is elite opinion right and popular opinion wrong?").

Key Publications

Krahé, B. (2013). The social psychology of aggression (2nd ed.). Hove: Psychology Press. 

Möller, I., & Krahé, B. (2013). Mediengewalt als pädagogische Herausforderung: Ein Programm zur Förderung der Medienkompetenz im Jugendalter. Göttingen: Hogrefe. http://www.hogrefe.de/programm/mediengewalt-als-paedagogische-herausforderung.html

Report of the Media Violence Commission of the International Society for Research on Aggression (Chair: Barbara Krahé): Statement written by a group of internationally active researchers to summarize current knowledge about the link between media violence use and aggression, explain the psychological processes by which violent media may increase the risk of aggressive behavior, and offer practical advice on how parents and policy makers can deal with the issue.




University of Potsdam
Complex II - Golm
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam
Building 14, room 5.03


consulting hours
During the vacation and WS 2019/20: By appointment via email.