Dr. Maya Machunsky






machunsky   uni-mannheim.de

Research Interests

  • Social projection as a cognitive versus motivational process
  • Approach and avoidance behaviour
  • Evaluative conditioning
  • Ingroup projection and intergroup judgements


  • Machunsky, M. & Walther, E. Of Caucasians, Asians, and giraffes: The influence of categorization and target valence on social projection. Paper accepted for Publication in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Machunsky, M., Toma, C., Corneille, O., & Yzerbyt, V. (2014). Social projection increases for positive targets: Ascertaining the effect and exploring its antecedents.Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1373-1378.
  • Machunsky, M., & Meiser, T. (2014). Cognitive components of ingroup projection: Prototype projection contributes to biased prototypicality judgments in group perception. Social Psychology, 45, 15-30.
  • Machunsky, M., & Meiser, T. (2014). Us and them: Mood effects on ingroup projection.European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 7-14. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1996.
  • Bianchi, M., Machunsky, M., Steffens, M.C., & Mummendey, A. (2009). Like me or like us: Is ingroup projection just social projection? Experimental Psychology, 56, 198 - 205.
  • Machunsky, M., & Meiser, T. (2009). Ingroup projection as a means to define the superordinate category efficiently: Response time evidence. Social Cognition, 27, 57 - 75.
  • Machunsky, M., Meiser, T., & Mummendey, A. (2009). On the crucial role of the mental ingroup representation for ingroup bias and the ingroup prototypicality - ingroup bias link. Experimental Psychology, 56, 156 - 164.