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Dr. Steffen Nestler

University Münster

Department of Psychology

Psychological Assessment and Personality Psychology

Fliednerstraße 21

48419 Münster, Germany

Fon: ++49+251 8334112




2007 Dr. rer. nat. in psychology from the University of Leipzig 2004 Dipl.-Psych. in psychology from the University of Greifswald



10/2014 Lecturer (tenure), University of Münster, Chair for Psychological Assessment and Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Mitja Back) 04/2012 - 09/2014 Lecturer (limited), University of Münster, Chair for Psychological

Assessment and Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Mitja Back) 04/2010 - 03/2012 Lecturer (limited), University of Mainz, Chair for Personality

Psy-chology and Psychological Assessment (Prof. Dr. Boris Egloff) 04/2008 - 03/2010 Research Psychologist in a DFG-Project (NE 1485/1-1 – own

ap-pointment), University of Leipzig and University of Mainz, Chair for Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment (Prof. Dr. Boris Egloff)

10/2007 - 03/2008 Substitute for the Assistant Professorship Social Psychology at the University of Leipzig

09/2005 - 09/2007 Research Psychologist, University of Leipzig, Chair for Social Psy-chology (Prof. em. Dr. Gernot von Collani)

03/2004 - 08/2005 Research Psychologist in a DFG-Project, University of Leipzig, Chair for Social Psychology (PD Dr. Hartmut Blank)







German Society for Psychology (DGPs): Section Personality Psychology and Psychologi-cal Assessment; Section Quantitative Methods and Evaluation; Section Social Psychology Psychometric Society


Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition British Journal of Social Psychology

British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology Cognition and Emotion

Cognitive Processing Diagnostica

European Journal of Personality

European Journal of Social Psychology

European Journal of Psychological Assessment Experimental Psychology

International Journal of Psychology Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Journal of Individual Differences Judgment and Decision Making Management Science

Memory and Cognition

Perspectives on Psychological Science Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin Psychological Reports

Psychomatic Medicine

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Social and Personality Psychology Compass Social Cognition; Social Psychology

Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal Swiss Journal of Psychology







since 04/2015 DFG-Projekt Understanding and enhancing the accuracy of self- and meta-judgments of personality: An integrative lens model approach (125.000 €; Nestler & Back, NE 1485/6-1)

since 10/2013 DFG-Projekt Rezeption und Produktion wissenschaftlicher Informationen in Wikipedia: Der Einfluss des Rückschaufehlers und sozialer Kategorisierungen

[§Reception and production of scientifc information in Wikipedia: The influence of the hindsight bias and social catagorizations”] (110.000 €; Nestler & Back, NE 1485/5-1)

since 04/2011 DFG-Projekt The longitudinal course of narcissists’ reputations: A develop-mental social interaction approach (250.000 €; Back, Nestler & Egloff, BA 3731/6-1)

09/2009-03/2012 DFG-Projekt „Ich wusste schon immer, dass du so faul bist“ - Untersuchun-gen zum Rückschaufehler bei Persönlichkeitsurteilen [„I’ve always known that your are lazy“ – Analyses on personality hindsight bias] (100.000 €, Nestler, Back & Egloff, NE 1485/2-1)

04/2008-03/2010 DFG-Projekt Vorhersehbarkeit, Zwangsläufigkeit und Erinnerungs-verzerrungen - Experimentell induzierte Dissoziationen zwischen den Rück-schaufehlerkomponenten [Foreseeability, Inevitability, and memory dis-tortions – Expe-rimentally induced dissociations between the hin-disght components] (127.000 €, NE 1485/1-1)

03/2006 Forschungsaufenthalt an der University of Portsmouth gefördert durch den DAAD (2000 €, D/06/40080)








[31] Hirschmüller, S., Egloff, B., Schmukle, S. C., Nestler, S. & Back, M. D. (in press). Accurate Judgments of Neuroticism at Zero Acquaintance: A Question of Rele-vance. Journal of Personality.

[30] Hutteman, R., Nestler, S., Wagner, J., Egloff, B., & Back, M. D. (in press). Wherever I may roam: Processes of self-esteem development from adolescence to emerging adulthood in the context of international student exchange. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

[29] Nestler, S., (in press). A specification error test that uses instrumental variables to detect latent quadratic and latent interaction effects. Structural Equation Modeling.



[28] Nestler, S., (in press). Using instrumental variables to estimate the parameters of un-conditional and un-conditional second order latent growth models. Structural Equation Modeling.

[27] Nestler, S., Grimm, K. J., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (in press). The social consequences and mechanisms of personality: How to analyze longitudinal data from individual, dyadic, round-robin, and network designs. European Journal of Personality.

[26] Nestler, S., (2014). How the 2SLS/IV Estimator can handle equality constraints in structural equation models: A system-of-equations approach. British Journal of Math-ematical and Statistical Psychology, 67, 353-369.

[25] Oeberst, A., van der Beck, I., & Nestler, S. (in press). Reading about explanations enhances perceptions of inevitability and foreseeability: A cross-cultural study with Wikipedia articles. Cognitive Processing.

[24] Stopfer, J. M., Egloff, B., Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2014). Personality expression and impression formation in Online Social Networks: An integrative approach to understanding the processes of accuracy, impression management, and meta-accuracy. European Journal of Personality, 28, 73-94.

[23] Hirschmüller, S., Egloff, B., Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2013). The Dual Lens Model: A comprehensive framework for understanding self-other agreement of personali-ty judgments at zero acquaintance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 335-353.

[22] Küfner, A. C. P., Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2013). The two pathways to being an (unpopular) narcissist. Journal of Personality, 81, 184-195.

[21] Nestler, S. (2013). A Monte Carlo study comparing PIV, ULS, and DWLS in the es-timation of dichotomous confirmatory factor analysis. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 66, 127-143.

[20] Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2013). Applications and extensions of the lens model to understand interpersonal judgments at zero acquaintance. Current Directions in Psy-chological Science, 22, 374-379.

[19] Nestler, S. & Egloff, B. (2013). The stigma of being overweight: When attributions to discrimination do and do not protect performance self-esteem. Social Psychology, 44,


[18] Stopfer, J. M., Egloff, B., Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2013). Being popular in online social networks: How agentic, communal, and creativity traits relate to judgments of status and liking. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 592-598.

[17] Nestler, S., Egloff, B., Küfner, A. C. P., & Back, M. D. (2012). An integrative lens model approach to bias and accuracy in human inferences: The case of hindsight



effects and knowledge updating in personality judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 698-717.

[16] Nestler, S. & Egloff, B. (2012). Interactive effect of dispositional cognitive avoidance, magnitude of threat, and response efficacy on the persuasive impact of threat communications. Journal of Individual Differences, 33, 94-100.

[15] Nestler, S., Back, M. D., & Egloff, B. (2011). Psychometrische Eigenschaften zweier Skalen zur Erfassung interindividueller Unterschiede in der Präferenz zum Allein-sein. Diagnostica, 57, 57-67.

[14] Küfner, A. C. P., Back, M. D., Nestler, S., & Egloff, B. (2010). Tell me a story and I will tell you who you are! Lens model analyses of personality and creative writing.

Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 427-435.

[13] Nestler, S. (2010). Belief perseverance: The role of accessible content and accessibility experiences. Social Psychology, 41, 35-41.

[12] Nestler, S., Blank, H., & Egloff, B. (2010). Hindsight ≠ Hindsight: Experimentally induced dissociations between hindsight components. Journal of Experimental Psy-chology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 1399-1413.

[11] Nestler, S., & Egloff, B. (2010). When scary messages backfire: Influence of disposi-tional cognitive avoidance on the effectiveness of threat communications.Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 137-141.

[10] Grumm, M., Nestler, S., & v. Collani, G. (2009). Changing implicit and explicit atti-tudes: The case of self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 327-335. [9] Nestler, S., & Egloff, B. (2009). Increased or reveresed: The effect of surprise on the

hindsight bias depends on the hindsight component. Journal of Experimental Psycholo-gy: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35, 1539-1544.

[8] Blank, H., Nestler, S., v. Collani, G., & Fischer, V. (2008). How many hindsight biases are there? Cognition, 106, 1408-1440.

[7] Grumm, M., Erbe, K., v. Collani, G., & Nestler, S. (2008). Automatic processing of pain: The change of implicit pain associations after psychotherapy. Behaviour Re-search and Therapy, 46, 701-714.

[6] Nestler, S., Blank, H., & v. Collani, G. (2008a). Hindsight bias doesn't always come easy: Causal models, cognitive effort and creeping determinism. Journal of Experi-mental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34, 1043-1054.

[5] Nestler, S., Blank, H., & v. Collani, G. (2008b). Hindsight bias and causal attribution: A causal model theory of creeping determinism. Social Psychology, 39, 182-188. [4] Nestler, S., & v. Collani, G. (2008a). Hindsight bias, conjunctive explanations and



[3] Nestler, S., & v. Collani, G. (2008b). Hindsight bias and the activation of counterfac-tual mind-sets. Experimental Psychology, 55, 342-349.

[2] Blank, H., & Nestler, S. (2007). Cognitive process models of hindsight bias. Social Cog-nition, 25, 132-146.

[1] Blank, H., & Nestler, S. (2006). Perceiving events as both inevitable and unforeseeable in hindsight: The Leipzig candidacy for the Olympics. British Journal of Social Psycho-logy, 45, 149-160.


Lectures: Grundlagen der Psychologischen Diagnostik [Introduction to Psy-chological Assessment];

Testtheorie [Psychometrics];

Testen und Entscheiden [Advanced Psychometrics]; Sozialpsychologie I und II [Social Psychology I and II]; Statistik I und II [Statistics I and II]

Seminars: Forschungsmethoden der Psychologie [Methods of Psychology]; Testkonstruktion [Test Construction];

Persönlichkeits- und Leistungsmessung [Measuring Personality and Intelligence];





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