Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995
    Doctorate in psychology at the University of Bern

  • 1998 – 2000
    Assistant in cognitive psychology at the University of Fribourg

  • 2000 – 2003
    Postdoc at Northwestern University, Departement of Psychology, Evanston, USA

  • 2003 – 2004
    Assistant in social and business psychology at the University of Zurich

  • 2004 – 2010
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professorship in social cognitive psychology at the University of Zurich

  • 2006
    Habilitation at the University of Zurich

  • Since 2011
    Director of "Center for Responsibility in Finance" at the University of Zurich, Department of Banking and Finance

  • Since 2013
    Titularprofessor in psychology at the University of Zurich

Selected publications

  • Gibson, R., Tanner, C., Wagner, A. (2013). Preferences for truthfulness: Heterogeneity among and within individuals. American Economic Review, 103(1), 532-548.

  • Tanner, C., & Christen, M. (2013). Moral Intelligence: A framework for understanding moral competences. In M. Christen, J. Fischer, M. Huppenbauer, C. Tanner & C. van Schaik. (Eds.). Empirically Informed Ethics: Morality between Facts and Norms (pp. 119-136). Berlin: Springer.

  • Huppenbauer, M., & Tanner, C. (2013). Ethical Leadership: Integration of empirical and ethical dimensions. In M. Christen, J. Fischer, M. Huppenbauer, C. Tanner & C. van Schaik. (Eds.). Empirically informed ethics: Morality between facts and norms (pp. 239-254). Berlin: Springer.

  • Tanner, C., Brügger, A., van Schie, S., & Lebherz, C. (2010). Actions speak louder than words: Benefits of ethical behaviors of leaders. Journal of Psychology, 218, 225-233.

  • Tanner, C., Ryf, B., & Hanselmann, M. (2009). Geschützte Werte Skala (GWS): Konstruktion und Validierung eines Messinstrumentes. Diagnostica, 55, 174-183.

  • Tanner, C., Medin, D.L., & Iliev, R. (2008). Influence of deontological vs. consequentialist orienta-tions on act choices and framing effects: When principles are more important than conse-quences. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 757-769.

  • Hanselmann, M., & Tanner, C. (2008). Taboos and conflicts in decision making: Sacred values, decision difficulty and emotions. Judgment and Decision Making, 3, 51-63.

  • Tanner, C., & Medin, D.L. (2004). Protected values: No omission bias and no framing effects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11, 185-191.

  • Tanner, C. (2008). Context effects in environmental judgments: Assimilation and contrast effects in separate and joint evaluation mode. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2759-2786.

  • Tanner, C., Kaiser, F.G., & Wölfing Kast, S. (2004). Contextual conditions of ecological consumer-ism: A food-purchasing survey. Environment & Behavior, 26, 94-111.

  • Tanner, C., & Wölfing Kast, S. (2003). Promoting sustainable consumption: Determinants of green purchases of Swiss consumers. Psychology & Marketing, 20, 883-902.


Selected projects

  • Developing an instrument to assess moral sensibility (in medical and business contexts)

  • The role of honesty in economic decision making

  • The role of protected values in individual and group decision making

  • Constraints on sustainable consumerism

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the steering committee of the "Netzwerk für sozial verantwortliche Wirtschaft" (NSW), since 2011

  • Member of the expert board commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – Evaluation of projects in the research area of social ecology, 2007

  • Member of the scientic advisory board, Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung (ARE), Eidgenössisches Departements für Umwelt, Verkehr, Energie und Kommunikation (UVEK) Switzerland

  • Member of the expert body for the interdisciplinary "socio-ecological research programme", Deutschen Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), 2007

  • Member of the working group on ethical guidelines, department of psychology, University of Zurich

  • Participated in a coaching programme for young scholars, University of Zurich, 2005 – 2007

Additional qualifications

  • Much experience in interdisciplinary research


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