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Prof. Dr. Patrick Mussel


Division for Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment


Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 26/122 d
14195 Berlin
Office Management Sigrun Gebauer JK 25/121 a
(030) 838-455602

Office hours

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Mussel, P. (2022). Processes underlying the relation between cognitive ability and curiosity with academic performance: A mediation analysis for epistemic behavior in a five-year longitudinal study. Journal of Intelligence.

Mussel, P., de Vries, J., Spengler, M., Frintrup, A., Ziegler, M., Hewig, J. (2022). The development of trait greed during young adulthood: A simultaneous investigation of environmental effects and negative core beliefs. European Journal of Personality.

Mussel, P., Weiss, M., Rodrigues, J., Heekeren, H., & Hewig, J. (2022) Neural correlates of successful costly punishment in the Ultimatum game on a trial-by-trial basis. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsab126

Rodrigues, J., Weiß, M., Mussel, P., & Hewig, J. (2022). On second thought… The influence of a second stage in the ultimatum game on decision behavior, electro-cortical correlates and their trait interrelation. Psychophysiology.

Freudenstein, J. P., Mussel, P., & Krumm, S. (2021). On the construct-related validity of implicit trait policies. European Journal of Personality. https://doi.org/10.1177/08902070211056901

Lievens, F., Harrison, S. H., Mussel, P., & Litman, J. A. (2021). Killing the cat? A review of curiosity at work. Academy of Management Annals. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2020.0203

De Vries, J. H., Spengler, M., Frintrup, A., & Mussel, P. (2021). Personality development in emerging adulthood—how the perception of life events and mindset affect personality trait change. Frontiers in Psychology 12(2162). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.671421

Hassan, M. M., Bashir, S., Raja, U., Mussel, P., & Khattak, S. A. (2021). Personality and balanced psychological contracts: The mediating roles of epistemic curiosity and rule-following behavior. Business Ethics-a European Review, 30(1), 102-115. https://doi.org/10.1111/beer.12311

Schäpers, P., Freudenstein, J.-P., Mussel, P., Lievens, F., & Krumm, S. (2020). Effects of situation descriptions on the construct-related validity of construct-driven Situational Judgment Tests. Journal of Research in Personality, 87, 103963. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103963

Rodrigues, J., Liesner, M., Reutter, M., Mussel, P., & Hewig, J. (2020). It's costly punishment, not altruistic: Low midfrontal theta and state anger predict punishment. Psychophysiology, 57(8), e13557. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13557

Schapers, P., Mussel, P., Lievens, F., Konig, C. J., Freudenstein, J. P., & Krumm, S. (2020). The role of situations in Situational Judgment Tests: Effects on construct saturation, predictive validity, and applicant perceptions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105(8), 800-818. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000457

Freudenstein, J.-P., Schäpers, P., Roemer, L., Mussel, P., & Krumm, S. (2020). Is it all in the eye of the beholder? The importance of situation construal for situational judgment test performance. Personnel Psychology, 73(4), 669-700. https://doi.org/10.1111/peps.12385

Schulze, J., West, S. G., Freudenstein, J. P., Schapers, P., Mussel, P., Eid, M., & Krumm, S. (2020). Hidden framings and hidden asymmetries in the measurement of personality--A combined lens-model and frame-of-reference perspective. Journal of Personality, 89(2), 357-375. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12586

Weiß, M., Mussel, P. & Hewig, J. (2020). Smiling as negative feedback affects social decision-making and its neural underpinnings. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 20, 160–171. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-019-00759-3

Freudenstein, J.-P., Strauch, C., Mussel, P., & Ziegler, M. (2019). Four personality types may be neither robust nor exhaustive. Nature Human Behaviour, 3(10), 1045–1046. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0721-4

Mussel, P. (2019). From needs to traits: The mediating role of beliefs about control. Personality and Individual Differences, 151, 109525. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2019.109525

Mussel, P. & Hewig, J. (2019). A neural perspective on when and why trait greed comes at the expense of others. Scientific Reports, 9:10985. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-47372-5

Weiß, M., Mussel, P., & Hewig, J. (2019). The value of a real face: Differences between affective faces and emojis in neural processing and their social influence on decision-making. Social Neuroscience, 15:3, 255-268. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2019.1675758

Weiß, M., Gutzeit, J., Rodrigues, J., Mussel, P., Hewig, J., & (2019). Do emojis influence social interactions? Neural and behavioral responses to affective emojis in bargaining situations. Psychophysiology, 56(4), e13321. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13321

Rodrigues, j., Nagowski, N., Mussel, P., & Hewig, J. (2018). Altruistic punishment is connected to trait anger, not trait altruism, if compensation is available. Heliyon, 4(11), e00962.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00962

Mussel, P., Gatzka, T., & Hewig, J. (2018). Situational Judgment Tests as an alternative measure for personality assessment. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 34, 328-335. https://doi.org/10.1080/15305058.2017.1309857

Mussel, P., Hewig, J., & Weiß, M. (2018). The reward-like nature of social cues that indicate successful altruistic punishment. Psychophysiology, 55(9), e13093. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13093

Mussel, P., Rodrigues, J., Krumm, S. & Hewig, J. (2018). The convergent validity of five dispositional greed scales. Personality and Individual Differences, 131, 249-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.05.006

Mussel, P., Schäpers, P., Schulz, J.-P., Schulze, J., & Krumm, S. (2017). Assessing personality traits in specific situations: What Situational Judgment Tests can and cannot do. European Journal of Personality, 31, 475-476. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2119

Osinsky, R., Ulrich, N., Mussel, P., Feser, L., Gunawardena, A., & Hewig, J. (2017). The feedback-related negativity reflects the combination of instantaneous and long-term values of decision outcomes. Journal Of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(3), 424-434. https://doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01055

Rodrigues, J., Ulrich, N., Mussel, P., Carlo, G., & Hewig, J. (2017). Measuring Prosocial Tendencies in Germany: Sources of Validity and Reliablity of the Revised Prosocial Tendency Measure. Frontiers In Psychology, 8, 2119. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02119

Schmidt, B., Mussel, P., Osinsky, R., Rasch, B., Debener, S., & Hewig, J. (2017). Work first then play: Prior task difficulty increases motivation-related brain responses in a risk game. Biological Psychology, 126, 82-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.04.010

Mussel, P., Ulrich, N., Allen, J. J. B., Osinsky, R. & Hewig, J. (2016). Patterns of theta oscillation reflect the neural basis of individual differences in epistemic motivation. Scientific Reports,6:29245. doi:10.1038/srep29245. Available online: www.nature.com/articles/srep29245

Mussel, P. & Hewig, J. (2016). The life and times of individuals scoring high and low on dispositional greed. Journal or Research in Personality, 64, 52-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2016.07.002

Osinsky, R. Seeger, J., Mussel, P. & Hewig, J. (2016). Face-induced expectancies influence neural mechanisms of performance monitoring. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16(2), 261-275. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-015-0387-y

Riepl, K., Mussel, P., Osinsky, R., & Hewig, J. (2016). Influences of state and trait affect on behavior, feedback-related negativity, and P3b in the Ultimatum Game. Plos ONE, 11(1), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0146358

Mussel, P., McKay, A. S., Ziegler, M., Hewig, J., & Kaufman, J. C. (2015). Predicting creativity based on the facets of the theoretical intellect framework. European Journal of Personality, 29(4), 459-467. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2000

Hassan, M. M., Bashir, S., Mussel, P. (2015). Personality, learning, and the mediating role of epistemic curiosity: A case of continuing education in medical physicians. Learning and Individual Differences, 42, 83-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2015.07.018

Lauriola, M., Litman, J., Mussel, P., Desantis, R., Crowson, H. & Hoffman, R. (2015). Epistemic Curiosity and Self-Regulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 83, 202-207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.04.017

Mussel, P. & Spengler, M. (2015). Investigating intellect from a trait activation perspective: Identification of situational moderators for the correlation with work-related criteria. Journal of Research in Personality, 55, 51-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2015.01.002

Ziegler, M., Cengia, A., Mussel, P., & Gerstorf, D. (2015). Openness as a buffer against cognitive decline: The OFCI model applied to late adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 30(3), 573-588. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0039493

Mussel, P., Hewig, J., Allen, J. J. B., Coles, M. G. H, Miltner, W. (2014). Smiling faces, sometimes they don't tell the truth: Facial expression in the ultimatum game impacts decision making and event-related potentials. Psychophysiology, 51, 358-363. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12184

Mussel, P., Reiter, A. M. F., Osinsky, R. & Hewig, J. (2014): State- and trait-greed, its impact on risky decision-making and underlying neural mechanisms, Social Neuroscience, 10, 126-134. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2014.965340

Osinsky, R., Mussel, P., Oehrlein, L. & Hewig, J. (2014). A neural signature of the creation of social evaluation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 731-736. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nst051

Litman, J. A. & Mussel, P. (2013). Validity of the interest- and deprivation-type epistemic curiosity model in Germany. Journal of Individual Differences, 34, 59–68. https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000100

Mussel, P., Göritz, A. S. & Hewig, J. (2013). Which choice is the rational one? An Investigation of need for cognition in the ultimatum game. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 588–591. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2013.05.007

Mussel, P., Göritz, A. S. & Hewig, J. (2013). The value of a smile: Facial expression impacts economic decision-making. Judgment and Decision Making, 8, 381–385.

Mussel, P. (2013). Intellect: A theoretical framework for personality traits related to intellectual achievements. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 885-906. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0031918

Schmidt, B., Mussel, P. & Hewig, J. (2013). I’m too calm - let’s take a risk! On the impact of state and trait arousal on risk taking. Psychophysiology, 50, 498–503. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12032

Mussel, P. (2012). Introducing the construct curiosity for predicting job performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 453–472. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.1809

Mussel, P. (2012). Persönlichkeitsaspekte intellektueller Leistungen. Report Psychologie, 37, 440-448.

Osinsky, R., Mussel, P. & Hewig, J. (2012). Feedback related potentials are sensitive to sequential order of decision outcomes in a gambling task. Psychophysiology, 49, 1579-1589. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01473.x

Weiland, S., Hewig, J., Hecht, H., Mussel, P., & Miltner, W. (2012). Neural correlates of fair behavior in interpersonal bargaining. Social Neuroscience, 7, 537-551. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2012.674056

Mussel, P., Spengler, M., Litman, J. A., & Schuler, H. (2012). Development and validation of the German work-related curiosity scale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 28(2), 109-117. https://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000098

Mussel, P., Winter C., Gelléri, P. & Schuler, H. (2011). Explicating the openness to experience construct in a work setting. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19, 145-156. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2011.00542.x

Mussel, P. (2010). Epistemic curiosity and related constructs: Lacking evidence of discriminant validity. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 506-510. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.05.014

Mussel, P., von der Bruck, H. & Schuler, H. (2009). Beruflicher Wiedereinstieg älterer Erwerbspersonen – ein Ressourcenmodell auf Basis differentieller Veränderungen von Merkmalen über die Lebensspanne. Zeitschrift für Personalpsychologie, 8, 1-12. https://doi.org10.1026/1617-6391.8.3.117

Zeitschriften (ohne peer review), Monografien und Buchbeiträge

Mussel, P. & Paelecke, M. (2018). BFAS-G. Big Five Aspect Scales - German [Fragebogen und SPSS-Syntax]. In: Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID) (Hrsg.), Elektronisches Testarchiv. Trier: ZPID. https://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.2341

Lang, J. W. B., Mussel, P. & Runge, J. M. (2018). TBS-TK Rezension: Inventar zur Erfassung von Arbeitsmotiven (IEA)“. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 62, 161-163.

Mussel, P., Schmidtborn. A. B. Spengler, M., Frintrup, A. & Schuler, H. (in Druck). Führungsstilanalyse LEAD. In: J. Erpenbeck & L. von Rosenstiel (Hrsg.), Handbuch Kompetenzmessung (S. 297-308). Schaeffer-Poeschel, Stuttgart.

Schuler, H. & Mussel, P. (2016). Einstellungsinterviews vorbereiten und durchführen. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Hewig, J. & Mussel, P. (2015). Koste es, was es wolle? Die Gier als Persönlichkeitsmerkmal. Forschung und Lehre, 15, 396-397.

Hewig, J., Kraus, U., Mussel, P., Osinsky, R., & Paelecke, M. (2015). Personality Assessment. In James Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (Second Edition) (pp. 827-833). Oxford: Elsevier.

Schuler, H., Mussel, P. & von der Bruck, H. (2013). Verbesserung der Einstellungschancen für ältere Personen. In: L. von Rosenstiel & E. von Hornstein. Change Management Praxis (S. 255-268). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Mussel, P. (2011). Die Bedeutung von Neugier für beruflichen Erfolg. In: P. Gelléri & C. Winter (Hrsg.), Potenziale der Personalpsychologie. Einfluss personaldiagnostischer Maßnahmen auf den Berufs- und Unternehmenserfolg (S. 139-152) Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Mussel, P. & Schmidtborn, A. B. (2011). Personalauswahl in Veränderungsprojekten. wirtschaft + weiterbildung ,10, 30-33.

Schmidtborn, A. B. & Mussel, P. (2011). Personalauswahl im Kontext organisationalen Wandels: Eine interdisziplinäre Betrachtung. In: P. Gelléri & C. Winter (Hrsg.), Potenziale der Personalpsychologie. Einfluss personaldiagnostischer Maßnahmen auf den Berufs- und Unternehmenserfolg (S. 97-112). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Schuler, H., Mussel, P. & Frintrup, A. (2010). Vom Elektroniker zum Kundenberater. Personalwirtschaft, 37, 43-45.

Von der Bruck, H. & Mussel, P. (2009). Eignungsdiagnostik als Basis beruflicher Neuorientierung 50 plus. In: K. Brauer & G. Korge, Perspektive 50plus? Theorie und Evaluation der Arbeitsmarktintegration Älterer. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Mussel, P. (2007). Die Konstruktvalidität des Multimodalen Interviews. Berlin: dissertation.de.

Mussel, P. (2007). Einstellungsinterviews. In H. Schuler & K.-H. Sonntag (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie (S. 503-510). Stuttgart: Hogrefe.

Mussel, P., Frintrup, A., Pfeiffer, K. & Schuler, H. (2007). Vorauswahlmethoden für Assessment Center - Referenzmodell und Anwendung. In H. Schuler (Hrsg.), Assessment Center zur Potenzialanalyse (S. 330-345). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Frintrup, A., Kämper, M. & Mussel, P. (2007). Auswahl von Auszubildenden - multiple Bewerbungschancen durch Berufsprofiling. Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell, 2, 52-55.

Orlamünder, D., von der Bruck, H. & Mussel, P. (2007). Psychologische Diagnose¬verfahren als Basis beruflicher Umorientierung. Ansätze zur Evaluationsmethodik eines Berufsprofilings speziell für Ältere. In K. Brauer & G. Korge (Hrsg.), Perspektive 50plus-Beschäftigungspakte für Ältere in den Regionen (S. 162-167). Online verfügbar unter www.iao.fraunhofer.de/d/shop/index.hbs.

Frintrup, A., Behrmann, M. & Mussel, P. (2006). Innovative Personalauswahl bei der Polizei: Integration von effizientem E-Recruiting und Personalauswahlmethoden. Kongressband der BaKÖV.

Mussel, P., Schmidtborn. A. B. & Schuler, H. (2006). Führungsstilanalyse LEAD. In: J. Erpenbeck & L. von Rosenstiel (Hrsg.), Handbuch Kompetenzmessung (S. 297-308). Schäffer-Poeschel, Stuttgart.

Frintrup, A. & Mussel, P. (2004). Personalauswahl von Polizeibeamten und Mitarbeitern in Sicherheitsbehörden: Ein Plädoyer für psychologische Integritätsdiagnostik. Polizei und Wissenschaft, 2, 55-62.

Frintrup, A., Schuler, H. & Mussel, P. (2004). Gelegenheit macht Diebe? Berufliche Integritätsdiagnostik mit PIA. Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell, 4, 58-61.

Mussel, P. (2004). Personalauswahl: Wie man integere Mitarbeiter findet. B+P.3 Zeitschrift für Betrieb und Personal, 35, 208-209.

Mussel, P. & Schuler, H. (2004). Persönlichkeitsinventar zur Integritätsabschätzung PIA. In W. Sarges & H. Wottawa (Hrsg.), Handbuch wirtschaftspsychologischer Testverfahren (S. 643-647). Lengerich: Pabst.

Mussel, P. & Frintrup, A. (2003). Psychologische Methoden der Personalauswahl bei der Polizei. In: C. Lorei (Hrsg.), Polizei & Wissenschaft. Kongressband der Tagung „Polizei & Psychologie“ am 18. und 19. März in Frankfurt am Main. Frankfurt: Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft.

Mussel, P. (2003). Persönlichkeitsinventar zur Integritätsabschätzung (PIA). In J. Erpenbeck & L. v. Rosenstiel (Hrsg.), Handbuch Kompetenzmessung (S. 3-18). Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel.