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Prof. Dr. Maria Agthe

Summer Semester 2011

Maria Aghte – Portrait

Following her studies in psychology at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Maria Agthe received her Ph.D. under Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey (Chair for Social Psychology of LMU) with a thesis entitled "On the beauty of potential rivals and mates – Analyzing the influence of an attractiveness-gender bias on social cognition, emotion and behavioral intentions". She is currently working on her habilitation project on bias effects in social processes as part of a post-doctoral scholarship from the Free State of Bavaria (awarded through LMU Munich). This involves her conducting research in Munich and the USA, and she is also participating in the mentoring program of the LMU for highly qualified young female scholars as part of the LMUexcellent program.

In her project at the Center for Advanced Studies, her work includes investigation into the question of to what extent social perception and human interaction are influenced by characteristics (e.g. gender, age, physical attractiveness) and inter-individual differences (e.g. self-esteem, personality traits, mood) of the people involved. Her investigations are principally focused on the issues of how certain reciprocities between the characteristics of decision-makers and the individuals subject to judgment arise and whether bias can be avoided through intervention (e.g. through "anonymous applications").

Visiting Fellows

  • Dr. Jon K. Maner
    (Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA)