Dr. Ursula Beermann


Senior Lecturer in the field of personality and differential psychology and diagnostics

Room: 60 435 (4th floor)
Office hour: By appointment
Email: ursula.beermann@uibk.ac.at
Telephone: +43 512 507 56055



 Research Interests

I received my Master (Magister) in Psychology at Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria, and my Ph.D. at University of Zurich, Switzerland. After research stays at Freie University of Berlin (Germany) and University of California, Berkeley (United States), and the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland, I am now Senior Lecturer at the Center of Test Development and Diagnostics, Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck. I am interested in emotion and prosociality, especially in the context of humor and laughter, aesthetic emotions and effects of music on emotion, and I investigate these domains using multiple methods including questionnaire measures as well as psychophysiological and behavioral measures, such as facial and vocal expression of emotion.


Link, T., Beermann, U., Mestel, R., & Gander, M. (2017). Stationärer Therapieerfolg bei Patientinnen mit Anorexia Nervosa und komorbiden Persönlichkeitsstörungen. PPmP - Psychotherapie · Psychosomatik · Medizinische Psychologie. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0043-103271

Hosoya, G., Schindler, I., Beermann, U., Wagner, V., Menninghaus, W., Eid, M., & Scherer, K.S. (2017). Mapping the Conceptual Domain of Aesthetic Emotion Terms: A Pile-Sort Study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Online First, No Pagination Specified.

Sachse, P., Beermann, U., Martini, M., Maran, T., Domeier, M., & Furtner, M. R. (2017). “The world is upside down” – The Innsbruck Goggle Experiments of Theodor Erismann (1883–1961) and Ivo Kohler (1915–1985). Cortex, 92, 222–232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2017.04.014

Schindler, I., Hosoya, G., Menninghaus, W., Beermann, U., Wagner, V., Eid, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2017). Measuring Aesthetic Emotions: A Review of the Literature and a New Assessment Tool. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0178899. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178899

Côté, S., Kraus, M. W., Carpenter, N. C., Piff, P. K., Beermann, U., & Keltner, D. (2017). Social affiliation in same-class and cross-class interactions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(2), 269–285. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000258

Johnson, S. L., Haase, C. M., Beermann, U., Sanchez, A. H., Tharp, J. A., Lwi, S. J., Casey, J. J., &  Nguyen, N. K. (2017). Positive urgency and emotional reactivity: Evidence for altered responding to positive stimuli. Emotion, 17(3), 442–449. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000240

Schiestl, C., & Beermann, U. (2016). Was verrät uns unsere Mimik? Ein Streifzug durch die aktuelle Mimikforschung. Psychologie in Österreich, 36(5), 300-307.

Haase, C. M.*, Beermann, U.*, Saslow, L. R., Shiota, M., Saturn, S. R., Lwi, S., Casey, J. J., Nguyen, K. N., Whalen, P., Keltner, D., & Levenson, R. W. (2015). Short Alleles, Bigger Smiles? Effects of 5-HTTLPR on Smiling and Laughing Behavior. Emotion 15(4), 438–448. http://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000074. *CMH and UB have contributed equally to this work.

Beermann, U. (2014). Humor Styles. In: S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (Vol. 1, 364-365). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Beermann, U. (2014). Humor Styles Measurement. In: S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (Vol. 1, 365-367). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Beermann, U. (2014). Sick Humor. In: S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (Vol. 2, 691-693). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Beermann, U. (2013). Review of the book Sick Humor, ed. by Christian Hoffstadt and Stefan Höltgen, Bochum, Germany: Projektverlag, 2011. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 26(2), 385-388.

Becker, J., Beermann, U., Zander, L., & Hannover, B. (2013). Sichtstrukturen im Tanzunterricht. [Sight structures in dancing classes]. In: Ulrich Riegel, Klaas Macha (eds.), Videobasierte Kompetenzforschung in den Fachdidaktiken (Vol. 4, pp. 217-232). Münster: Waxmann Verlag GmbH.

Hempelmann, C. F., & Beermann, U. (2013). Vielfalt und Einfalt im Humor amerikanischer Studierender: Lehre, zentrale Themen und Anwendung in künstlicher Intelligenz. [Multiplicity and Simplicity in the Humor of American Students: Teaching, Central Themes, and Artificial Intelligence.] In: F. Block (Ed.), Wandel und Institution des Komischen:
Ergebnisse des Kasseler Komik-Kolloquiums (Vol. 5, pp. 331-358).
Bielefeld: Aisthesis.

Beermann, U., & Samson, A. C. (2012). Humor: Haben Sie bitte Spaß. [Humor: Please have fun.] In: R. Zihlmann, D. Jungo, and Christoph Steinebach (Eds.), Positive Psychologie in der Praxis [Positive Psychology in Practice] (pp. 68-75). Weinheim: Beltz.

Beermann, U., & Ruch, W. (2011). Can people ever “laugh at themselves”? Experimental and correlational evidence. Emotion 11, 492-501.

Beermann, U., Gander, F., Hiltebrand, D., Wyss, T., and Ruch, W. (2009). Laughing at oneself: Trait or State? In D. Peham, & E. Bänninger-Huber (Eds.), Current and future perspectives in facial expression research: Topics and methodological questions. Proceedings of the International Meeting at the Institute of Psychology, University of Innsbruck/Austria, September 28-29, 2007 (pp. 31-35). Innsbruck, Austria: Innsbruck University Press.

Beermann, U., & Ruch, W. (2009). How virtuous is humor? What we can learn from current instruments. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 528-539.

Beermann, U., & Ruch, W. (2009). How virtuous is humor? Evidence from everyday behavior. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 22, 395-417.

Ruch, W., Beermann, U., & Proyer, R. T. (2009). Investigating the humor of gelotophobes: Does feeling ridiculous equal being humorless? Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 22, 111-143.

Peterson, C., Ruch, W., Beermann, U., Park, N., Seligman, M. E. P. (2007). Strengths of character, orientations to happiness, and life satisfaction. Journal of Positive Psychology2, 149-156.

Ruch, W., Huber, A., Beermann, U., & Proyer, R. T. (2007). Character strengths as predictors of the “good life” in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In Romanian Academy, “George Barit“ Institute of History, Department of Social Research (Ed.), Studies and researches in social sciences (Vol. 16, pp. 123-131). Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Argonaut Press.

Samson, A. C. & Beermann, U. (2006). Humor und Lachen: Wonach suchen Humorforscher? [Humor and Laughter: What do humor researchers look for?] Psychoscope, 9, 10-11.

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