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About Pia Lamberty

Pia Lamberty is a social psychologist and co-director of the Center for Monitoring, Analysis and Strategy (CeMAS). As a psychologist, she has been researching why people believe in conspiracies and what consequences this worldview entails. Her research has taken her to the universities of Cologne, Mainz and Beer Sheva (Israel). She was employed as a research assistant in the project “Seventy Years Later: Historical Representations of the Holocaust and their effects on German-Israeli Relations,” among others.

Lamberty provides evidence-based education on conspiracy narratives, disinformation, anti-Semitism, and right-wing extremism. Her non-fiction book “Fake Facts - How Conspiracy Theories Determine Our Thinking”, published with Katharina Nocun in May 2020, was on the Spiegel bestseller list. In 2020, she received the Bad Herrenalber Academy Award for her research.


„Wo Coronaleugnung vorher das Thema war, wird nun der Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine verschwörungsideologisch aufgeladen. Dementsprechend ist es wichtig, langfristig Strategien für den Umgang zu entwickeln. Diese Mobilisierungen werden nicht einfach so verschwinden – gerade in Anbetracht der multiplen Krisenlagen“


Lectures and Presentations (Selection)

Key Note Chemnitz University of Technology Interdisciplinary Online Conference on Political Psychology, 10.03.2022

Podiumsdiskussion mit Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann beim Barcamp “Politoscope” zur politischen Netzkommunikation, 19.5.2022

“Querdenker:” A Conversation among Pia Lamberty, Natascha Strobl, Konstantin von Notz, and Christian Martin. Deutsches Haus at NYU, NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and the American Council on Germany, 01.02.2021.

Lamberty, P. (2015). Attitudes towards Minorities among Students in Germany. In E. Webman (Chair), Attitudes towards Minority Groups in Different Societies, a Comparative View. Symposium conducted at the conference “Europe, Germany and Contemporary Antisemitism” of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry. Tel Aviv, Israel, March 15.

Publications (Selection)

Kazarovytska, F., Kretzschmar, M., Lamberty, P., Rees, J., Knausenberger, J., & Imhoff, R. (2022). From Moral Disaster to Moral Entitlement–The Impact of Success in Dealing With a Perpetrator Past on Perceived Ingroup Morality and Claims for Historical Closure. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 10(1), 48-71.

Lamberty, P. (2022). Causes of belief in conspiracy narratives and recommendations for successful risk communication in healthcare. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 65(5):537-544

Adam‐Troian, J., Wagner‐Egger, P., Motyl, M., Arciszewski, T., Imhoff, R., Zimmer, F.,…Lamberty, P.,.. & van Prooijen, J. W. (2021). Investigating the links between cultural values and belief in conspiracy theories: The key roles of collectivism and masculinity. Political Psychology, 42(4), 597-618.

Lamberty, P., & Imhoff, R. (2021). Verschwörungserzählungen im Kontext der Coronapandemie. Psychotherapeut, 66(3), 203-208.

Nocun, K., & Lamberty, P. (2020). Fake Facts: Wie Verschwörungstheorien unser Denken bestimmen. Köln: Bastei Lübbe.

Imhoff, R., & Lamberty, P. (2020). A bioweapon or a hoax? The link between distinct conspiracy beliefs about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and pandemic behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11(8), 1110-1118.

Imhoff, R., & Lamberty, P. (2020). Conspiracies as psycho-political reactions to perceived power. In M. Butter & P. Knight (Hrsg.). Routledge handbook of conspiracy theories. London: Routledge.

Rees, J., & Lamberty, P. (2019). Mitreißende Wahrheiten: Verschwörungsmythen als Gefahr für den gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt. In Verlorene Mitte-Feindselige Zustände. Rechtsextreme Einstellungen in Deutschland 2018/19 (hrsg. für die Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung von Franziska Schröter).

Imhoff, R., & Lamberty, P. (2018). How paranoid are conspiracy believers? Toward a more fine‐grained understanding of the connect and disconnect between paranoia and belief in conspiracy theories. European journal of social psychology, 48(7), 909-926.

Lamberty, P., & Imhoff, R. (2018). Powerful pharma and its marginalized alternatives?. Social Psychology, 49, 255-270.

Imhoff, R., Lamberty, P., & Klein, O. (2018). Using power as a negative cue: How conspiracy mentality affects epistemic trust in sources of historical knowledge. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 1364-1379.

Imhoff, R., & Lamberty, P. K. (2017). Too special to be duped: Need for uniqueness motivates conspiracy beliefs. European journal of social psychology, 47, 724-734.

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