Sascha Topolinski

Publications (since 2014)

In Press

Erle, T. M., Reber, R. & Topolinski, S. (in press).

"Affect From Mere Perception: Illusory Contour Perception Feels Good." Emotion.

Lindau, B. & Topolinski, S. (in press).

"The Articulatory In-Out Effect Resists Oral Motor Interference." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Erle, T. M. & Topolinski, S. 2017.

"The Grounded Nature of Psychological Perspective-Taking." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112(5), 683-695.

Zürn, M. & Topolinski, S. 2017.

"When trust comes easy: Articulatory fluency increases transfers in the trust game.” Journal of Economic Psychology, 61, 74-86.

Remmers, C., Topolinski, S., Buxton, A., Dietrich, D. E. & Michalak, J. 2016.

"The Beneficial and Detrimental Effects of Major Depression on Intuitive Decision-Making." Cognition and Emotion.

Topolinski, S., Bakhtiari, G. & Erle, T. M. 2016.

"Can I Cut the Gordian Tnok? The Impact of Pronounceability, Actual Solvability, and Length on Intuitive Problem Assessments of Anagrams." Cognition, 146, 439–452.

Topolinski, S. & Boecker, L. 2016.

"Mouth-Watering Words: Articulatory Inductions of Eating-Like Mouth Movements Increase Perceived Food Palatability." Appetite, 99, 112-120.

Topolinski, S. & Boecker, L. 2016.

"Minimal Conditions of Motor Inductions of Approach-Avoidance States: The Case of Oral Movements." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(12), 1589-1603O.

Erle, T. M. & Topolinski, S. 2015.

"Spatial and Empathic Perspective-Taking Correlate on a Dispositional Level.” Social Cognition, 33(3), 187–210.

Körner, A., Topolinski, S. & Strack, F. 2015.

"Routes to Embodiment.” Frontiers in Psychology, 6.

Remmers, C., Topolinski, S. & Michalak, J. 2015.

"Mindful(l) Intuition: Does Mindfulness Influence the Access to Intuitive Processes?" The Journal of Positive Psychology, 10(3), 282-292.

Remmers, C., Topolinski, S., Dietrich, D. E. & Michalak, J. 2015.

"Impaired Intuition in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder." British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54(2), 200-213.

Schneider, I. K., van Harreveld, F., Rotteveel, M., Topolinski, S., van der Pligt, J., Schwarz, N. & Koole, S. L. 2015.

"The Path of Ambivalence: Tracing the Pull of Opposing Evaluations Using Mouse Trajectories.” Frontiers in Psychologie, 6, 996.

Topolinski, S., Erle, T. M. & Reber, R. 2015.

"Necker’s Smile: Immediate Affective Consequences of Early Perceptual Processes." Cognition, 140, 1-13.

Topolinski, S. & Strack, F. 2015.

"Corrugator Activity Confirms Immediate Negative Affect in Surprise." Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 134.

Topolinski, S., Zürn, M. & Schneider, I. K. 2015.

"What’s In and What’s Out in Branding? A Novel Articulation Effect for Brand Names.” Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 585.

Topolinski, S., Boecker, L., Erle, T. M., Bakhtiari, G. & Pecher, D. 2015.

"Matching Between Oral Inward–Outward Movements of Object Names and Oral Movements Associated with Denoted Objects." Cognition and Emotion. 1-16.

Topolinski, S. 2014.

"A Processing Fluency-Account of Funniness: Running Gags and Spoiling Punchlines.“ Cognition and Emotion, 28(5), 811-820.

Topolinski, S., Lindner, S. & Freudenberg, A. 2014.

"Popcorn in the Cinema: Oral Interference Sabotages Advertising Effects.” Journal of Consumer Psychology, 24(2), 169-176.

Topolinski, S., Maschmann, I. T., Pecher, D. & Winkielman, P. 2014.

"Oral Approach-Avoidance: Affective Consequences of Muscular Articulation Dynamics.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(6), 885-896.

Press releases

The Cologne based psychologist Sascha Topolinski was appointed as “APS Fellow” by the Association for Psychological Science for his extraordinary …

In the media

National Public Radio, 29.01.2015 | Shankar Vedantam

„Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year? […] Sascha Topolinski in Germany recently conducted a study. He wasn’t studying the Super Bowl, but his research is spot on when it comes to describing how most Americans watch the Super Bowl. He finds that eating while you watch advertisements reduces the effects that advertising messages have on you.”

Link to article:

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 01.01.2015 | Ni Klempt

„Heiße Getränke steigern unser Wohlbefinden. Aber nicht nur das. Ob wir etwas Warmes oder Kaltes in der Hand halten, kann beeinflussen, wie wir über eine Situation oder Person denken. […] Sascha Topolinski, Professor für Social and Economic Cognition an der Universität zu Köln, erklärt: ‘Warme Getränke sorgen für ein schönes Gefühl. Wenn wir sie trinken, fühlen wir uns wohl und sicher. Und genau dieses Gefühl übertragen wir auf andere’.”

Link to article:,15938558,29449488.html

Smartcompany, 05.06.2014 | Matt Abrahams

„Recent academic research points to specific behaviours you can invoke to become a more authentic, compelling speaker. […] Dr. Sascha Topolinski showed that subjects who saw words contained in a punch line prior to hearing the words repeated later in a joke, found the joke funnier and made the punch lines quicker to process.”

Link to article:

Scientific American, 01.05.2014 | Matthew Hutson

„Hints about the punch line of a joke or story may not spoil the fun […] Sascha Topolinski, a psychologist at the University of Cologne in Germany, studies processing fluency: when information is absorbed easily, it feels more true and beautiful.”

Link to article:

Die Zeit, 18.02.2014 | Claudia Wüstenhagen

„Wenn von der Verbindung zwischen Körper und Geist die Rede ist, denken viele an Yoga, Atemübungen oder Kräutertee – an Popcorn eher nicht. Und doch wählte der Kölner Psychologe Sascha Topolinski ausgerechnet diese sündig-süße Materie als Werkzeug seiner jüngsten Studie. Topolinski erforscht, wie körperliche Bewegungen auf mentale Prozesse wirken. Er wollte wissen, ob Popcornkauen den Geist beeinflusst. Er hatte einen ungeheuerlichen Verdacht.”

Link to article: