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Jan-Philipp Stein

Chemnitz University of Technology
Institute for Media Research
Chair of Media Psychology

Reichenhainer Str. 70, A313
09126 Chemnitz

E-Mail: jan-philipp.stein {at}


Dissertation Project

“Venturing into the Uncanny Valley of Mind” (working title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Ohler
Research area: Emotion / Embodiment


Research Interests

  • Virtual reality
  • Social cognition
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Stereotypes
  • Social media


Curriculum Vitae

since 10/2015 Junior lecturer at the chair of Media Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology
since 04/2015 Doctoral researcher, DFG post-graduate program “CrossWorlds”, Chemnitz University of Technology
2013 – 2015 Freelance intercultural consultant
Assistant at “Korea Live!” festival 2014, Dresden, Germany
02/2013 – 07/2013 Psychological counselor, Studentenwerk Dresden
2006 – 2012 Graduation in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.), Dresden University of Technology
Thesis title: “Effects of narcissism on users’ impression management on Facebook”
12/2009 – 03/2012 Student assistant, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dresden University of Technology



Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Stein, J.-P., & Ohler, P. (2017). Venturing into the uncanny valley of mind—The influence of mind attribution on the acceptance of human-like characters in a virtual reality setting. Cognition, 160, 43–50.
  • Koban, K., Stein, J.-P., Eckhardt, V., & Ohler, P. (accepted). Quid pro quo in Web 2.0. Connecting personality traits and Facebook usage intensity to uncivil commenting intentions in public online discussions. Computers in Human Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.10.015

Book Chapters and Proceedings

  • Stein, J.-P. (2017). Cloud Strife. In J. Banks, R. Meija, & A. Adams (eds.), 100 Greatest Video Game Characters (pp. 39–40). Lanham, USA: Rowman & Littlefield.

Conference Contributions

  • Etzold, B., & Stein, J.-P. (2017). Der User zwischen Anwendung und Exponat – Smart Devices und Tabletop im Museumskontext. Talk to be held at the 47th Annual Conference of the German Computer Science Society, September 25-29, Chemnitz.
  • Stein, J.-P., & Ohler, P. (2017). Distal and proximal paths leading into the uncanny valley of mind. Paper presented at the 10th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs), September 6-8, Landau.
  • Gawin, W., Stein, J.-P., Fries, U., Gaudel, J., Zwingmann, K., & Voelcker-Rehage, C. (2017). The effect of physiological arousal on the quiet eye of elite badminton players. Talk held at the 22nd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, July 5-8, MetropolisRuhr, Germany.
  • Stein, J.-P., Liebold, B. & Ohler, P. (2017). Between threat and control. Linking situational control and human distinctiveness concerns to virtual agents’ uncanniness. Talk held at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, May 25–29, San Diego, USA.
  • Koban, K., Stein, J.-P., & Eckhardt, V. (2017). Haters gonna hate. Connecting personality traits and usage intensity to dysfunctional commenting in Facebook discussions. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, May 25–29, San Diego, USA.
  • Stein, J.-P., Lu, X., & Ohler, P. (2017). Industrious East, practical West? Connecting stereotypes among German and Chinese students to their perceptions of native speaking media. Talk held at the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), March 26-29, Dresden, Germany.


Media Coverage


Academic Memberships

  • ICA – International Communication Association (sections: Communication and Technology, Information Systems, LGBTQ studies)


Awards and Achievements

  • Scholarship of German National Academic Foundation
  • MB21 German multimedia award for interactive web design, 2006