Symposion Psychology and Law


Monday, October 4, 2021, 09:00 – 16:45, Dachgeschoß JURIDICUM (top floor), Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna

Academic head of programme: Univ.-Prof. DDr. Peter Lewisch
The conference is free of charge. Registration at
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09:00 – 09:05 Words of Welcome
09:05 – 10:30 (Foundations & Current Issues)

  • Prof. Dr. Robert Böhm, Department of Social Psychology, University of Vienna: Preferences for and psychological consequences of voluntary vs mandatory vaccination policies
  • Dr. Dorothee Mischkowski, Department of Social Psychology, University of Cologne: On the relation between low- and high-cost cooperation


10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 12:15 (Punishment & More)

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Glöckner, Department of Social Psychology, University of Cologne: Cooperation and Punishment between Nations: Stereotypes and Behavior (jointly with Angela Dorrough)
  • Prof. DDr. Peter Lewisch, Department of Criminal Law, University of Vienna: Giving Reasons, Assessing Reasons, Appeals & Beyond


12:30 – 13:20 Lunch Break
13:20 – 14:30 (Invited Lecture)

  • Prof. Dr. Dan Simon, Professor of Law and Psychology, USC Gould School of Law and Department of Psychology: The Pathologies of Adversarial Criminal Procedure


14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 16:45 (Eye tracking & beyond)

  • Prof. Dr. Susann Fiedler, Department of Strategy and Innovation, WU Vienna: Tracing cognitive processes of decision making with multiple sources of information: An eye-tracking approach (jointly with Jacob Rittich and Thomas Schultze)
  • Dr. Rima-Maria Rahal, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn: Eyes on Morals: Investigating the Cognitive Processes Underlying Moral Decision Making via Eye Tracking (jointly with Leonard Hoeft and Susann Fiedler)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Engel, Max Planck Institute of Research on Collective Goods, Bonn: What the Judge Argues is Not What the Judge Thinks: Eye Tracking Evidence about the Normative Weight of Conflicting Concerns in a Torts Case (jointly with Rima-Maria Rahal)


16:45 End of the Conference