Short CV/Education and training

  • I studied Psychology in Leipzig, Germany, as well as Cagliarì, Italy, from 1999-2005. Subsequently I received a scholarship at the Graduate School "Integrative Competencies and Well-being" at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, where I started my PhD. In 2011 I changed to the Leibniz Institute "Institut für Wissensmedien" in Tübingen, Germany, where I had a PostDoc position. In 2016 I became an assistant professor for forensic psychology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany, and head of the research group "Collaborative Biases" (located at the IWM in Tübingen), that I got granted by the Leibniz Society.

Selected publications

  • Oeberst, A., von der Beck, I., Cress, U., & Nestler, S. (in press). Wikipedia outperforms individuals when it comes to hindsight bias. Psychological Research.

  • von der Beck, I., Cress, U., & Oeberst, A. (in press). Is there hindsight bias without real hindsight? Conjectures are sufficient to elicit hindsight bias. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

  • Oeberst A., von der Beck, I., Cress, U., Back, M. D., & Nestler, S. (2018). Biases in the production and reception of collective knowledge: The case of hindsight bias in Wikipedia. Psychological Research, 82, 1010-126.

  • Oeberst, A. & Matschke, C. (2017). Word order and world order. Titles of intergroup conflicts may increase ethnocentrism by mentioning the in-group first. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 672-690.

  • Oeberst, A. & Goeckenjan, I. (2016). When being wise after the event results in injustice: Evidence for hindsight bias in judges’ negligence assessments. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22, 271-279.

  • Oeberst, A. & Lindner, I. (2015). Unannounced memory tests are not necessarily unexpected by participants. Test expectation and its consequences in the repeated test paradigm. Cognitive Processing, 16, 269-278.

  • Oeberst, A. (2015). How good are future lawyers in judging the accuracy of reminiscent details? The estimation-observation gap in eyewitness accounts. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 7, 73-79.

  • Oeberst, A. & Blank, H. (2012). Undoing suggestive influence: The reversibility of the misinformation effect. Cognition, 125, 141-159.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Collaborative Biases (

  • Ingroup Bias in Wikipedia (

  • Hindsight Bias in Wikipedia

  • Undoing suggestive influence (on memory)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • DGPs (German Society for Psychology; sections: Social & Legal Psychology)

  • EASP (European Association of Social Psychology

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • I have spent a High-School year in Texas, USA.

Soft Skills

  • I have been repeatedly elected as a spokesperson / representative (e.g., for PostDocs) and as a person of trust (e.g. for PhD students).

Other activities and achievements/family

  • I have a son, who used to be the perfect distraction from work, but by now has grown up to be a challenging counterpart as well.


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