Respect Research Group


(Photo: Sebastiano Pitruzzello)


The RespectResearchGroup was founded in 2003 as a multidisciplinary research group and think tank. In our work, we investigate the essences and functions of different kinds of interpersonal respect in various domains, such as business, education, or society in general. Read here why ... more >>

April 12th, 2015 Article: In the German journal "Wirtschaftspsychologie", Christina Mölders reports results on subjective perceptions of false tax declarations.

March 15th, 2015 Distinguished: Catharina Decker receives a travellers grant from the German Academic Exchange Sevice. Congrats!

January 30th, 2015 Conference report:
The report on our research symposion 2014 is now online available [German only]....pdf >>

January 1st, 2015 Distinguished: 
Catharina Decker receives a finisher's scholarship from the Kühne Logistics University.


January 1st, 2015 Wishes:
We wish all our website visitors a Happy New Year!

December 23rd, 2014 Article:  In the journal "Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell" [Economic Psychology Today], Catharina Decker, Christina Mölders and Niels Van Quaquebeke explain how the human need for respect can be satisfied in the workplace.

December 23rd, 2014 Article:  In the journal "Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell" [Economic Psychology Today], Daniel Gläser cautions against collateral damages of financial


November 5th, 2014 Article: In the journal "Forschung und Lehre [Research and Teaching], Niels Van Quaquebeke, Christina Mölders and Catharina Decker discuss how respect can effectively structure cooperations.

October 31st, 2014 Book chapter:
Catharina Decker and Niels Van Quaquebeke contribute to Jörg Felfe's book on "Current Development in Leadership Research" with a chapter on Respectful Leadership [German].

October 21st, 2014 Presentation:
Christina Mölders talks with 40 kids in Celle (GER) about what respect means and how to deal with

a lack of respect. ...more>>

October 16th, 2014 Public discussion:
"Does respect bear a quota?" We are looking forward to discussing this question with the guests of this year's public discussion at the Kühne Logistics University on October 16th at 6.30 pm. ...pdf>>

September 26th, 2014 Presentation:Katharina Silter presents her research on respect experiences of people with and without disabilities at the 49th Meeting of lecturers in social pedagogic in German speaking countries in Berlin.

September 21st, 2014 Poster: At the 49th Congress of the German Society of Psychology (DGPs) in Bochum, Katharina Silter shows

reults on implications of social interaction quality for mental health.

August 28th, 2014 Poster: At the 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society in Innsbruck, Austria, Katharina Silter presents her research on how perceived respect in persons with learning difficulties buffers negative effects of loneliness.

July 12th, 2014 Poster: At the EASP (European Association of Social Psychology) conference in Amsterdam, Susan Reh presents her results on the effects of dynamic social comparisons on interpersonal helping. ...pdf>>

July 11th, 2014 Poster:
At the EASP conference in Amsterdam,

Ben Sahlmüller presents his research on consequences of dual leadership.

July 9th, 2014 Poster:
At the EASP conference in Amsterdam, Daniel Gläser presents his research on how bonuses in companies foster interpersonal deviance depending on the employees' competitiveness. ...pdf>>

July 9th, 2014 Poster:
At the EASP conference in Amsterdam, Christina Mölders presents her results on how disrespectful behavior of sngle politicians can undermine trust in politicians in general. ...pdf>>

June 11th, 2014 Presentation:
Catharina Decker presents current

results on "Relationship-building between police and ethnic minorities: The impact of police presence and respect" at the "The Stockholm Criminology Symposium".

May 16th, 2014 Colloquium:
We invite graduates, doctoral students, and post-docs to apply for our 7th interdisciplinary colloquium, this time on the topic of "Respect and Justice". It will take place from 16th to 19th October 2014 in Hamburg. Please find the Call for Applications here [in German] ...pdf >>

16th, 2014 Presentation: At the SIOP meeting in Honolulu, Catharina Decker explains why respectful leadership enhances employees' work satisfaction and how this effect can beintensified.

April 10th, 2014
Distinguished! The article "My city  - my brand: the different roles of residents in place branding" from Sebastian Zenker published in the Journal of Place Management and Development was selected by the Editors as Outstanding Paper 2013. Congratulation!

April 4th, 2014 Presentation:  About 200 kids in Georgsmarienhütte (GER) discuss with Christina Mölders what respect means and why it is so important. 

March 17th, 2014 Article (Psychologie heute): Niels Van Quaquebeke, Catharina Decker and Jan Borkowski explain why

respectful leadership is so important [German only]....www>>

March 11th, 2014 Article (P&M): Sebastian Zenker and Niels Van Quaquebeke published their new article "Using Polynomial Regression Analysis and Response Surface Methodology to Make a Stronger Case for Value Congruence in Place Marketing" in the journal Psychology & Marketing. ...www>>

March 10th, 2014 Article (Cities): Sebastian Zenker and Natascha Rütter published their new article "Is Satisfaction the Key? The Role of Citizen Satisfaction, Place Attachment, and Place Brand Attitude on Positive Citizen Behavior" in the journal Cities. ...www>>

February 26th, 2014 Travel grant: For her presentation on "Two

Types of Respect and their Impact on Job Satisfaction" at the SIOP conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, Catharina Decker receives travel grants from the German Police University and the German Academic Exchange Service.

December 3rd, 2013 Colloquium summary: The summary of our 2013 interdisciplinary colloquium on responsibility is now available [in German]. Thanks to everyone involved in it, we had a magnificent time! ...pdf >>

October 31st, 2013 Public discussion: The RespectResearchGroup cordially invites to a public discussion on "Economy as a punching bag?" ...more >>

October 21st, 2013 Presentation:
In the course of the Hamburg Kids' University, Christina Mölders explains "What does respect mean?"

September 4th, 2013 Presentation: Christina Mölders presents her study on "Winning by being moral: Respect for political opponents convinces voters" at the 14th Meeting of the German "Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie" (FGSP) in Hagen, Germany.

July 17th, 2013 New Executive Team: Catharina Decker and Daniel Gläser take over the RespectResearchGroup vice director position.

July 9th, 2013 Presentation: Christina Mölders talks about "The Moral Benchmark: How Moral Identity Affects Consequences of Negativity in Politics" at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology in Herzliya, Israel.

June 6th, 2013 Echo: Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke talks about "Respect and Courtesy" on ORF radio. ...mp3 (part 1, 2, 3, 4) >>

May 29th, 2013 Change at the helm:
We celebrated our 10th anniversary... and changed. Director Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke handed over reigns to former deputy director Christina Mölders. We are looking forward to the next ten years!

May 25th, 2013 Presentation:
Catharina Decker, Natalija Keck and

Suzanne van Gils present their research at the 16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. ...www >>

May 22nd, 2013 Echo: Dr. Tilman Eckloff gives an interview for the Publik-Forum "The freedom of others is also my freedom" ...pdf >>

May 6th, 2013 Distinguished:
Julia Johannsen has been selected for the program 'X-Change for Competence' for young professionals from Germany and Israel. The program is set up by the German-Israeli Future Forum and the Bertelsmann Foundation. ...more >>

April 29th, 2013 Event:
 The RespectResearchGroup invites

graduates, doctoral students, and post-docs to apply until July 12th for our 6th interdisciplinary colloquium, this time on the topic of "Responsibility". It will take place from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November 2013 in Hamburg and at Schloss Hasenwinkel in Northwestern Mecklenburg close to the Bibowsee. See the Call for Applications here [in German] ...pdf >>

April 19th, 2013 Jubilee:
The RRG celebrates its 10th birthday! We cordially invite everyone who's interested to get to know us and learn more about our projects on May, 29th from 6 p.m. in the Hamburg University Guesthouse. In order to register please contact Christina Moelders, by May 22nd.

April 19th, 2013 Presentation:
 Catharina Decker gives a presentation about "Respectful Behavior as Key Competence for Medical Care" at the Interprofessional Congress for Care of Springer Medicine in Dresden.

March 21st, 2013 Echo:
 Dr. Tilman Eckloff discusses the importance of respect for satisfaction and happiness with the job and in private in the Apotheken Umschau. ...www >> 


March 13th, 2013 Echo: Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke illustrates how respect is a basic requirement for cooperation on BR radio. ...www >> 

March 1st, 2013 Distinguished!: Katharina Schabarum receives a scholarship of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung program for post-graduates. Congratulations!

Februar 16th, 2013 Echo:Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke discusses respect in the WDR5 Redezeit (German). ...www >>

February 1st, 2013 Research grant:
The German Research Council (DFG) supports the research on resident-city identification by Dr. Sebastian Zenker with a six months full post-doc fellowship.


January 6th, 2013 Echo: Dr. Tilman Eckloff talks about tolerance and respect in the radio show "Leben Lassen" (let live) on NDR info. ...mp3 >>

January 1st, 2013 Wishes:The RespectResearchGroup wishes all website visitors a Happy New Year!


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