Amélie Mummendey is a German social psychologist. Since 2007, she has fulfiled the office of Vice-Rector for the Graduate Academy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
Her research addresses the social psychology of social identity and relations between social groups, in particular she investigates determinants of negative intergroup attitudes and behaviours as well as determinants of tolerance, acceptance, and appreciation of outgroups. While employing both experimental and field research, Mummendey and colleagues investigated social psychological issues of high social relevance such as the “positive-negative-asymmetry” in social discrimination and strategies to cope with threatened or negative social identities.
Mummendey completed her MSc Psychology at the University of Bonn, followed by her PhD at the University of Mainz in 1970, and her habilitation at the University of Münster in 1974. She held a chair in social psychology at the University of Münster (1980–1997) before taking up a chair in social psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 1997. In 2007, Amélie Mummendey was elected as the first Vice-Rector for the Graduate Academy at the University of Jena
She is particularly interested in determinants of both discrimination and tolerance between social groups, conflict and cooperation, constructive versus destructive coping with social change, threats to social identities and limitations of tolerance and affiliation of outgroup members. Mummendey and colleagues empirical findings as well as a number of new theoretical models developed by them have been published in numerous books and journals.
Published: 03 November 2014
Last update: 04 April 2015