Press Release

20th October 2015

The Social Psychology of Aggression

Professor Barbara Krahé receives the German Psychology Prize 2015 for her social psychological analyses of aggression and violence

„Understanding the mechanisms that lead to aggression and violence is critical for the development of effective prevention strategies”, states the winner of the 2015 prize, Professor Barbara Krahé. She is awarded the German Psychology Prize on October 20, 2015, at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities for her work in the field of aggression research.

Barbara Krahé’s research examines risk factors as well as the development and consequences of aggression, focusing on three broad questions: How does the exposure to violence in the media promote aggressive behavior? What are the scale and risk factors of sexual aggression among adolescents and young adults? How are judgments about sexual assault in a legal context affected by stereotypes and rape myths? She combines longitudinal studies, experiments, and cross-cultural analyses, and developed an intervention program to break the link between media violence and aggression.

The German Psychology Prize, worth 10.000 euros, is awarded every two years. The „Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen“ (BDP), the „Bundespsychotherapeutenkammer“ (BPtK), the „Christoph-Dornier-Stiftung“ (CDS) and the „Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie“ (DGPs) award the prize to honor outstanding achievements in psychological research that are of high practical relevance.

A photo of the winner is available for download free of charge, crediting „Fotostudio-Ludwig,“ as the source.


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