Torsten Reimer (Ph.D. in Psychology, Free University of Berlin, Germany, 1996; Habilitation in Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2005) is an associate professor of organizational and interpersonal communication and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. Professor Reimer studies the role of communication in decision making and organizational behavior. He has taught courses in social, cognitive, and organizational psychology at the Universities of Potsdam, Berlin, and Basel. Before moving to the U.S., Dr. Reimer worked at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, an interdisciplinary center of excellence devoted to the study of human cognition. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he has published over 50 publications in journals, books, and conference proceedings, including publications in Cognitive Science, Theory and Decision, Marketing Letters, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Communication Yearbook, and Management Revue. Professor Reimer's research aims to understand the functionality of heuristic information processing in advice giving, persuasion, and group decision-making. His research program has the overarching goal to explore how communication principles facilitate decision making by guiding information processing and reducing information overload. Applied topics include the design of persuasive messages and risk communication.
Director of Graduate Studies (2013-); Supervisor of Com320: Group Communication (2010-), Coordinator of the Organizational Communication Unit (2011-2012), Member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Brian Lamb School of Communication (2011-2012), Member of the Graduate Committee, Brian Lamb School of Communication (2011-2012), Member of the Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts (2011-2013), Supervision of the Research Participation System and Lab, Brian Lamb School of Communication (2011-2014)
Reviewing: Behavior Research Methods, Communication Monographs,
Communication Studies, Communication Theory, Diagnostica,
Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations,
Human Communication Research,
International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Management Communication Quarterly, NeuroPsychoEconomics, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Journal of the Learning Sciences, Risk Analysis, Social Influence, Zeitschrift für experimentelle Psychologie (Experimental Psychology), Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie (Social Psychology); National Science Foundation (NSF) (Decision, Risk and Management Science Program), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); UK Economic and Social Research Council (research grants),
The Leverhulme Trust (UK, research grants), Research stipends for graduate students in Austria; Academy of Management (AOM),
Cognitive Science Conference,
International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), Best Paper Award Committee (Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management), Golden Anniversary Monograph Award Committee (National Communication Association)
Editorial Board: Social Influence, Small Group Research, Communication Studies, Communication Quarterly, The Open Communication Journal
Cho, H., Reimer, T., & McComas, K. A. (Eds.) (in preparation). The Sage Handbook of Risk Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Reimer, T. (1999). Argumentieren und Problemloesen. [Argumentation and problem solving.] Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publisher.
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Brunner, T., Reimer, T., & Opwis, K. (2005). Cancellation and focus: The impact of feature attractiveness on recall. In K. Opwis & I.-K. Penner (Eds.), Proceedings of KogWis05. The German Cognitive Science Conference 2005 (pp. 27-32). Basel: Schwabe.
Brand, S., Reimer, T., & Opwis, K. (2005). Effects of negative mood on transfer and learning. In K. Opwis & I.-K. Penner (Eds.), Proceedings of KogWis05. The German Cognitive Science Conference 2005 (pp. 21-26). Basel: Schwabe.