Research Scientist

Office: D 508
Tel.:     +49 7531 88-3487
Fax:     +49 7531 88-5288

Research interests

  • social influence & affiliation processes
  • social perception of groups
  • social networks, & norms

Professional experience

since 2016 Research scientist, Social Psychology and Decision Sciences, University of Konstanz, Germany
Prof. Dr. Wofgang Gaissmaier
Projects involved: RiskDynamics (longitudinal social network and proliferation of risk information)
2012-2016 Researcher, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany
Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
Projects involved: SozNet (longitudinal social network assessment, health behavior, peer perception, social influence in networks), SmartAct (ambulatory assessment of eating, mobile interventions), TEMPEST (self regulation, eating behavior, adolescents, cross-cultural, large international survey), EatMotive (motives of normal eating, longitudinal regional studies)
2008–2012 Student assistant, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany
Prof. Dr. Britta Renner


2007-2012 Diploma in psychology (Dipl.-Psych.; final mark: 1.1)
University of Konstanz, Germany
Thesis title: Implicit and explicit measures of weight-bias
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Harald Schupp, Prof. Dr. Britta Renner

Awards and Achievements

09/2015 29th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society Poster Award


GIESE, Helge, Felix GAISBAUER, Nico GRADWOHL, Ariana STRANDBURG-PESHKIN, 2023. The role of position in consensus dynamics of polarizable networks. In: Scientific Reports. Springer Nature. 13, 3972. eISSN 2045-2322. Available under: doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-30613-z

SPINDE, Timo, Christin JEGGLE, Magdalena HAUPT, Wolfgang GAISSMAIER, Helge GIESE, 2022. How do we raise media bias awareness effectively? : Effects of visualizations to communicate bias. In: PLoS one. Public Library of Science (PLoS). 17(4), e0266204. eISSN 1932-6203. Available under: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266204

GIESE, Helge, Martina GAMP, F. Marijn STOK, Wolfgang GAISSMAIER, Harald T. SCHUPP, Britta RENNER, 2021. Contagious Health Risk and Precautionary Social Distancing. In: Frontiers in Psychology. Frontiers Research Foundation. 12, 685134. eISSN 1664-1078. Available under: doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.685134

Giese, H., Neth, H., Gaissmaier, W. (2021). Determinants of information diffusion in online communication on vaccination: The benefits of visual displays. Vaccine. Elsevier. 39 (43), 6407-6413. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.09.016

Giese, H., Stok, F. M., & Renner, B. (2020). Early social exposure and later affiliation processes within an evolving social network. Social Networks, 62, 80-84. doi: 10.1016/j.socnet.2020.02.008

Giese, H., Neth, H., Moussaïd, M., Betsch, C., & Gaissmaier, W. (2019).  The echo in flu-vaccination echo chambers: Selective attention trumps social influence.  Vaccine.  [Available online 18 December 2019]  doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.11.03

Gaissmaier, W., Giese, H., Galesic, M., Garcia-Retamero, R., Kasper, J., ... Heesen, C. (2018). Numeracy of multiple sclerosis patients: A comparison of patients from the PERCEPT study to a German probabilistic sample. Patient Education and Counseling, 101(1), 74–78 doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.07.018

Giese, H., Stok, F.M., & Renner, B. (2018). Perceiving College Peers' Alcohol Consumption: Temporal Patterns and Individual Differences in Overestimation. Psychology & Health. Advanced online pulication. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2018.1514118

König, L. M., Giese, H., Stok, F. M., & Renner, B. (2017). The social image of food: Associations between popularity and eating behavior. Appetite, 114, 248–258.
doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.03.039

Giese, H., Stok, F.M., Renner, B. (2017). The role of friendship reciprocity in college freshmen’s alcohol consumption. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 9(1), 228-241.

König, L. M., Giese, H., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2016). The Environment Makes a Difference: The Impact of Explicit and Implicit Attitudes as Precursors in Different Food Choice Tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (1301). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01301

Giese, H., Tăut, D., Ollila, H., Băban, A. S., Absetz, P., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2015). Children’s and adolescents’ snacking: Interplay between the individual and the school class. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (September), 1–10

Tăut, D., Băban, A., Giese, H., de Matos, M. G., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2015).  Developmental trends in eating self-regulation and dietary intake in adolescents.  Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 7 (1), 4–21.

Giese, H., König, L. M., Tăut, D., Ollila, H., Băban, A., Absetz, P., … Renner, B. (2015). Exploring the association between television advertising of healthy and unhealthy foods, selfcontrol, and food intake in three European countries. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 7 (1), 41-62.

Giese, H., Juhász, R., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2013). Kann man Popularität und Freundschaft essen? Der Zusammenhang zwischen wahrgenommener Ernährung populärer und sympathischer Kinder und dem eigenen Ernährungsverhalten von Kindern. [Can you eat popularity and friendship? The relationship between the perceived eating behavior of popular and likable children and the individual eating behavior of children] Zeitschrift Für Gesundheitspsychologie, 21 (2), 71–81

Gutiérrez-Doña, B., Renner, B., Reuter, T., Giese, H., & Schubring, D. (2012). Health behavior education, e-research and a (H1N1) influenza (swine flu): Bridging the gap between intentions and health behavior change. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 46 (2012), 2782–2795