Book Chapters

Epstude, K. (2018). Counterfactual thinking. In G. Oettingen, A.T. Sevincer, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.), The Psychology of Thinking about the Future (pp. 110-225). New York: Guilford. 

Häfner, M., & Epstude, K. (2017). Sexual Behavior. In R. Deutsch, B. Gawronski, & W. Hofmann (Eds.), Reflective and Impulsive Determinants of Human Behavior (pp. 233-238). New York, NY: Routledge.  

Scheibe, S., & Epstude, K. (2015). Life review, regret, and Sehnsucht. In S. Whitbourne (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Wiley-Blackwell.

Epstude, K. (2012). Funktionale und dysfunktionale Aspekte kontrafaktischen Denkens. In E.H. Witte und S. Petersen (Hrsg). Sozialpsychologie, Psychologie und Gesundheit (pp. 28-66)Lengerich: Pabst. 

Mussweiler, T., Rüter, K., & Epstude, K. (2006). The Why, Who and How of Social Comparison: A Social-Cognition Perspective. In S. Guimond (Ed.), Social comparison processes and social psychology (pp. 33-54). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mussweiler, T., Epstude, K., & Rüter, K. (2005). The knife that cuts both ways: Comparison processes in social perception. In J. Krueger, M. D. Alicke, & D. Dunning (Eds.), The Self in Social Judgment (pp. 109-130). New York: Psychology Press.

Journal Articles

(* articles by supervised PhD students)

*Grundmann, F., Epstude, K., & Scheibe, S. (in press). Face-masks reduce emotion recogniton accuracy and perceived closeness. PLOS ONE.

Eisma, M.C., Epstude K., Schut, H.A.W., Stroebe, M.S., Simion, A., Boelen, P.A. (in press). Upward and downward counterfactual thought after bereavement: A multi-wave controlled longitudinal study. Behavior Therapy.

*Grundmann, F., Scheibe, S., & Epstude, K. (2021). When ignoring negative feedback is functional: Presenting a model of motivated feedback (dis)engagement. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 30, 3-10.

Epstude, K. (2020). Old challenges, new urgency: A look back and a look ahead. Social Psychology. 

Gamlin, J., Smallman, R., Epstude, K., & Roese, N.J. (2020). Dispositional optimism weakly predicts upward, rather than downward, counterfactual thinking: A prospective correlational study using episodic recall. PLOS ONE 15(8): e0237644

*Kutlaca, M., van Zomeren, M., & Epstude, K. (2020). Heroes or Fools: How Do Protesters and Non-protesters Perceive and Evaluate Each Other? PLOS ONE, 15, e0230918.

*Meerholz, W., Spears, R., & Epstude. K. (2019). Having pity on our victim’s soul to save ours: Compassion reduces self-critical emotions and self-blame about past harmful behavior among those who highly identify with their past self. PLOS ONE, 14, e0223945.

*Vink, L.M.,  Dijkstra, A., & Epstude, K. (2019) A Longitudinal Study of Decision Making in the Process of Acquiring a Dog. Anthrozoös, 32, 489-501,

*Kutlaca, M., van Zomeren, M., & Epstude, K. (2019). The Value of Steady Ground: Personal and Group Value Violations Motivate Collective Action against Gas-Extraction-Induced Earthquakes. Environment & Behavior, 51, 315-344.

Epstude, K. (2018) Moving ahead. Social Psychology, 49, 1-2.

Roese, N. J., Smallman, R., & Epstude, K. (2017). Do Episodic Counterfactual Thoughts Focus on Personally Controllable Action? The Role of Self-Initiation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 14–23.

Roese, N. J., & Epstude, K. (2017). The Functional Theory of Counterfactual Thinking:

New Evidence, New Challenges, New Insights. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 1-79.

Epstude, K. (2017). Towards a replicable and relevant social psychology. Social Psychology, 48, 1-2.

Peetz, J., & Epstude, K. (2016). Calendars matter: Temporal categories affect cognition about future time periods. Social Cognition, 34, 255-270.

Epstude, K., Scholl, A., & Roese, N.J. (2016). Prefactual thoughts: Mental simulations about what might happen. Review of General Psychology, 20, 48-56.

*Kutlaca, M., van Zomeren, M., & Epstude, K. (2016). Preaching to the Choir? Framing values and identity in collective action mobilization. Social Psychology, 47, 15-28.

*Seehusen, J., Epstude, K., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2016). Nostalgie: Eine soziale Emotion? [Nostalgia: A social emotion?]. In-mind.

Epstude, K., & Jonas, K. J. (2015). Regret and counterfactual thinking in the face of inevitability: The case of HIV positive men. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 157-163.

*Ünal, A. B., Steg. L., Epstude, K., & De Waard, D. (2013). Driving with Music: Effects on arousal and performance. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 21, 52-65.

*Seehusen, J., Cordaro, F., Wildschut, R. T., Sedikides, C., Routledge, C., Blackhart, G. C., Epstude, K., & Vingerhoets, A. J. J. M. (2013). Individual Differences in Nostalgia Proneness: The Integrating Role of the Need to Belong. Personality and Individual Differences, 8, 904-908.

*Ünal, A. B., Platteel, S., Steg. L., & Epstude, K. (2013). Blocking-out auditory distracters while driving: A cognitive strategy to reduce task-demands on the road. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 50, 934-942.

Epstude, K., & Peetz, J. (2012). Mental time travel: A conceptual overview of social psychological perspectives on a fundamental human capacity. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 269-275.

Morrison M., Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2012). Life regrets and the need to belong. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 675-681.

*Ünal, A. B., Steg. L., & Epstude, K. (2012). The influence of music on mental effort and driving performance. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 48, 271–278.

Corcoran, K., Epstude, K., Damisch, L., & Mussweiler, T. (2011). Fast similarities: Efficiency advantages of similarity focus. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 37, 1280-1286.

Epstude, K., & Förster, J. (2011). Seeing love, or seeing lust: How people interpret ambiguous romantic situations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1017–1020.

Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2011). When goal pursuit fails: The functions of counterfactual thought in intention formation. Social Psychology, 42, 19-27.

Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2010). Functional aspects of global vs. local processing: Relations among the structure and content of goals, counterfactuals, and regrets. Psychological Inquiry, 21, 209-212.

Förster, J., Özelsel, A, & Epstude, K, (2010). How Love and Lust Change People’s Perception of Partners and Relationships. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 237-246.

Förster, J., Epstude, K, & Özelsel, A. (2009). Why love has wings and sex has not: How reminders of love and sex influence creative and analytic thinkingPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1479-1491.

Fessel, F., Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2009). Hindsight bias redefined: It’s about time. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 110, 56-64.

Roese, N.J., Epstude, K., Fessel, F., Morrisson, M., Smallman, R. Summerville, A., Galinsky, A.D., & Segerstrom, S. (2009). Regret predicts depression but not anxiety: New findings from a nationally representative sample. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 671-688.

Mussweiler, T., & Epstude, K. (2009). Relatively fast! Efficiency advantages of comparative thinking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138, 1-21.

Epstude, K., & Mussweiler, T. (2009). What you feel is how you compare: How comparisons influence the social induction of affect. Emotion, 9, 1-14.

Epstude, K., & Roese, N.J. (2008). The functional theory of counterfactual thinking. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 12, 168-192.

Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2007). Beyond rationality: Counterfactual thinking regulates behavior. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 457-458.

Keil, A., Mussweiler, T., & Epstude, K. (2006). Alpha-band activity reflects reduction of mental effort in a comparison task: A source space analysis. Brain Research, 1121, 117-127.

Otten, S., & Epstude, K. (2006). Overlapping mental representations of self, ingroup and outgroup: Unraveling self-stereotyping and self-anchoring. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 957-969.

Mussweiler, T., Rüter, K., & Epstude, K. (2004). The ups and downs of social comparison. Mechanisms of assimilation and contrast. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 832-844.

Mussweiler, T., Rüter, K., & Epstude, K. (2004). The man who wasn’t there – subliminal social standards influence self-evaluation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 486-496.