Prof. Dr. Aileen Oeberst

Aileen Oeberst Photo: Volker Wiciok

Email: aileen.oeberst

Phone: +49 2331 987-4613

Office hours: by arrangement

Room: building 5 / B 114

Academic career

  • Since 03 / 2019, Professor for Psychology, FernUniversität in Hagen (University of Hagen)
  • Since 04 / 2017 Head of the Research Group „Collaborative Biases“ (IWM, Tübingen)
  • 2016 – 2019 Junior-Professor for forensic psychology, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
  • 2011 – 2016 PostDoc at the Leibniz Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen
  • 2008 – 2011 Research associate (Social psychology), University of Osnabrück
  • 2005 – 2008 PhD Candidate, Graduate School “Integrative Competencies and Well-Being”, University of Osnabrück [06/2006-05/2007 parental leave]

Research Topics

  • biases in information processing
  • media representations (of events, crime, criminals)
  • collective memories


Selected Publications

Complete list of publications (PDF 197 KB)

  • Meuthen, D. & Oeberst, A. (2022). Does word order predict ethnocentric helping behavior? Results of a ‘lost letter’ field experiment in Berlin. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null-Hypothesis, 18, 57-66.
  • Meuer, M., Imhoff, R., & Oeberst, A. (accepted). Believe it or not – No support for an effect of providing explanatory or threat-related information on conspiracy theories’ credibility. International Review of Social Psychology, 34, 1-13.
  • Oeberst, A., von der Beck, I., Cress, U., & Nestler, S. (in press). Wikipedia outperforms individuals when it comes to hindsight bias. Psychological Research.
  • von der Beck, I., Cress, U., & Oeberst, A. (in press). Is there hindsight bias without real hindsight? Conjectures are sufficient to elicit hindsight bias. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
  • Oeberst, A., & Matschke, C. (in press). Black sheep are not black in Wikipedia. Comparing descriptions of perpetrators in the language version of the perpetrator in-group to other (out-group) language versions. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null-Hypothesis.
  • Oeberst, A., de Vreeze, J., & Cress, U. (2018). The norm of neutrality in collaborative knowledge construction: A comparison between Wikipedia and the extreme right-wing Metapedia. In O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, G. Wittum & A. Dengel (Eds). Positive Learning in the Age of Information (PLATO) – A blessing or a curse? (S. 209-219). Wiesbaden: Springer.
  • Oeberst A., von der Beck, I., Cress, U., Back, M. D., & Nestler, S. (2018). Biases in the production and reception of collective knowledge: The case of hindsight bias in Wikipedia. Psychological Research, 82, 1010-1026.
  • Oeberst, A. & Matschke, C. (2017). Word order and world order. Titles of intergroup conflicts may increase ethnocentrism by mentioning the in-group first. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 672-690.
  • Lamberty, P., Hellmann, J. H., & Oeberst, A. (2017). The winner knew it all? Conspiracy beliefs and hindsight perspective after the 2016 US general election. Personality and Individual Differences, 123, 236-240.
  • von der Beck, I., Oeberst, A., Nestler, S., & Cress, U. (2017). Cultural interpretations of the past. Hindsight bias after reading Wikipedia articles in a cross-cultural sample. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31, 315-325.
  • Oeberst, A. & Goeckenjan, I. (2016). When being wise after the event results in injustice: Evidence for hindsight bias in judges’ negligence assessments. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22, 271-279.
  • Oeberst, A., Kimmerle, J., & Cress, U. (2016). What is knowledge? How is it constructed and who possesses it? The need for a new answer to old questions. In: U. Cress, H. Jeong, & J. Moskaliuk (Eds). Mass collaboration and education. Springer.
  • Oeberst, A. & Lindner, I. (2015). Unannounced memory tests are not necessarily unexpected by participants. Test expectation and its consequences in the repeated test paradigm. Cognitive Processing, 16, 269-278.
  • Oeberst, A., & Wu, S. (2015). Interrogative compliance and self-construal: Intra- and cross-cultural evidence. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, 50-55.
  • Oeberst, A. (2015). How good are future lawyers in judging the accuracy of reminiscent details? The estimation-observation gap in eyewitness accounts. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 7, 73-79.
  • Kimmerle, J., Moskaliuk, J., Oeberst, A., & Cress, U. (2015). Learning and knowledge construction with social media. Educational Psychologist, 50, 120-137.
  • Oeberst, A., von der Beck, I., & Nestler, S. (2014). Reading about explanations enhances perceptions of inevitability and foreseeability. A cross-cultural study with Wikipedia articles. Cognitive Processing, 15, 343-349.
  • Oeberst, A., Halatchliyski, I., Kimmerle, J., & Cress, U. (2014). Knowledge Construction in Wikipedia: A Systemic-Constructivist Analysis. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 23, 149-176.
  • Oeberst, A. (2012). If anything else comes to mind… better keep it to yourself? Delayed recall is discrediting – unjustifiably. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 366-374.