SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Christine Gockel

Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology

Office hours By appointment
Phone: +49 30 51 56 50 - 924

About me About me

Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology, Berlin School of Management
Working as trainer and coach
Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, TU Chemnitz
Ph.D. in Psychology, Michigan State University

Title: Effects of Put-down Humor on Cohesion in Groups

Research and Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University, USA
Diploma in Psychology (Master equivalent), Humboldt University Berlin; Minors: Business Administration and Philosophy


  • Organisational Psychology (Master)
  • Leadership (Master)
  • Communication and Team Work (Master)
  • Occupational Health Psychology (Master)
  • Survey and Evaluation Research (Master)
  • Individual Research Projects (Master)
  • Organisational Behaviour (MBA)
  • Social Psychology (Bachelor)
  • Personnel Development (Bachelor)

Research Focus

My research focuses on team effectiveness. We investigate how team members organise and use complex knowledge (in transactive memory systems), how they share leadership to achieve common goals, and how they use humor.



Scheel, T. & Gockel, C. (2017). Humor at Work in Teams, Leadership, Negotiations, Learning, and Health. Cham: Springer.

Journal articles (All articles can be downloaded at:

Cook, A. (S.), Meyer, B., Gockel, C. & Zill, A. (2018). Adapting leadership perceptions across tasks: The micro-origins of informal leadership transitions. Small Group Research. Online first publication. doi:10.1177/1046496418810437

Gerlach, R. & Gockel, C. (2017). We belong together: Belonging to the principal’s in-group protects teachers from the negative effects of task conflict on psychological safety. School Leadership & Management.

Kreft, J., Kühling-Thees, C., & Gockel, C. (2017). With a little help from my trainers: Ausbildung von Studierenden zu Bewerbungstrainern für Geflüchtete. [Training students to become job application trainers for refugees.] Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für angewandte Organisationspsychologie, 48, 217-223.

Vetter, L.  & Gockel, C. (2016). Can’t buy me laughter: Humour in organisational change. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für angewandte Organisationspsychologie, 47, 313-320. doi:10.1007/s11612-016-0341-7

Gockel, C. & Kerr, N. L. (2015). Put-down humor directed at outgroup members increases perceived – but not experienced – cohesion in groups. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 28, 205-228. doi:10.1515/humor-2015-0020

Gockel, C., Kolb, P., & Werth, L. (2014). Murder or not? Cold temperature makes criminals appear to be cold-blooded and warm temperature to be hot-headed. PLoS ONE 9, e96231. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096231

Steidle, A., Werth, L., & Gockel, C. (2013). Not motivated to act during goal pursuit: Powerlessness blocks motivation transfer in goal systems. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 477-486.

Gockel, C. & Brauner, E. (2013). The benefits of stepping into others’ shoes: Perspective-taking strengthens transactive memory. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 222-230.

*Robertson, R., Gockel, C., & Brauner, E. (2013). Trust your teammates or bosses? Differential effects of trust on transactive memory, job satisfaction, and performance. Employee Relations, 35, 222-242. | *all authors contributed equally

Steidle, A., Gockel, C., & Werth, L. (2013). Growth or security? Regulatory focus determines work priorities. Management Research Review, 36, 173-182.

Kolb, P., Gockel, C., & Werth, L. (2012). The effects of temperature on service employees’ customer orientation: An experimental approach. Ergonomics, 55, 621-635.

Roe, R., Gockel, C., & Meyer, B. (2012). Time and change in teams: Where we are and where we are moving. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 21, 629-656.

Gockel, C. & Werth, L. (2010). Measuring and modeling shared leadership. Traditional approaches and new ideas. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 9, 172-180.

Gockel, C., Kerr, N.L., Seok, D.-H., & Harris, D.W. (2008). Indispensability and group identification as sources of task motivation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1316-1321.

Horowitz, I. A., Kerr, N. L., Park, E. S., & Gockel, C. (2006). Chaos in the courtroom reconsidered: Emotional bias and juror nullification. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 163-181.

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