Ramzi Fatfouta


Arbeitsbereich Biologische Psychologie und Kognitive Neurowissenschaft


Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Raum JK 25/222f
14195 Berlin
Dissertation project: Towards a Multifaceted Understanding of Forgiveness
To circumvent problems related to self-report, the first objective of my research is to construct and validate an unobtrusive, non-self-report measure of dispositional forgiveness. In light of the multi-dimensional definition of forgiveness, my second objective lies in the investigation of the neural basis of forgiveness.


Fatfouta, R. (in press). How forgiveness affects processing time: Mediation by rumination about the transgression. Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.03.016

Fatfouta, R., Gerlach, T.M., Schröder-Abé, M., & Merkl, A. (2015). Narcissism and lack of interpersonal forgiveness: The mediating role of state anger, state rumination, and state empathy. Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.10.051

Fatfouta, R., Schröder-Abé, M., & Merkl, A. (2014). Forgiving, fast and slow: Validity of the implicit association test for predicting differential response latencies in a transgression-recall paradigm. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:728. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00728

Fatfouta, R., & Merkl, A. (2014). Associations between obsessive–compulsive symptoms, revenge, and the perception of interpersonal transgressions. Psychiatry Research. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.05.038

Fatfouta, R., Jacobs, A., & Merkl, A. (2013). Towards a multifaceted understanding of revenge and forgiveness. The Behavioral And Brain Sciences, 36(1), 21-21. doi: 10.1017/s0140525x12000374

Poster presentations:

Fatfouta, R., Meshi, D., Merkl, A., & Heekeren, H. R. (2015, March). Social Distance Modulates Neural Correlates of Fairness. Poster presented at the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Fatfouta, R., Schröder-Abé, M., & Merkl, A. (2015, February). Forgiveness and Unforgiving Motives: The Moderating Role of Response Speed. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, California, USA.

Fatfouta, R., Schröder-Abé. M., & Merkl, A. (2014, February). Forgiving, fast and slow: Implicit and explicit forgiveness predict item response latencies in a transgression-recall paradigm. Poster presented at the 15thAnnual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas, USA.

Fatfouta, R., & Merkl, A. (2013, November). Vergebung und implizites Selbstkonzept: Validierung eines Impliziten Assoziationstests (IAT) zur Messung der Vergebungsbereitschaft [Forgiveness and Implicit Self-Concept: Validating an Implicit Association Test (IAT) of Forgiveness]. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy,  Psychosomatic Medicine, and Neurology, Berlin, Germany.

Fatfouta, R., & Merkl, A. (2013, August). Slow to Anger, Quick to Forgive: Exploring the Implicit Self-Concept of Forgiveness. Poster presented at the 18th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Budapest, Hungary.