Dr. Sina Klein


Postdoc                                                  Klein web

Research Centre for Environmental Economics​

Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics

Bergheimer Str. 20

69115 Heidelberg


Room: 323

Phone. +49 6221 54 8017

Fax. +49 6221 54 8020


Research interests

  • Cooperation in economic games
    • Interaction of person and situation factors
    • Application to environmental issues
  • Pro-environmental behavior
    • Decision conflict between cooperation and pro-environmental behavior
    • Personality variables related to prosocial and pro-environmental behavior
  • Morality and cheating behavior

Education and employment

since 2019: Postdoctoral researcher, Research Center for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg (Germany)

2015-2019: Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology Department, University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)

2011-2014: Master of Science in Psychology, University of Mannheim (Germany) & University of Queensland (Australia)

2008-2011: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Mannheim (Germany)


Heck, D. W., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (in press). On the limited generality of air pollution and anxiety as causal determinants of unethical behavior: Commentary on Lu, Lee, Gino, & Galinsky (2018). Psychological Science

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Hepp, J., Klein, S. A., & Zettler, I. (2015). From personality to altruistic behavior (and back): Evidence from a double-blind dictator game. Journal of Research in Personality, 55, 46-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2014.12.004

Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., Henninger, F. (2016). The two faces of cooperation: On the unique role of HEXACO Agreeableness for forgiveness versus retaliation. Journal of Research in Personality, 64, 69-78. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.08.004

Klein, S. A., Heck, D. W., Reese, G., & Hilbig, B. E. (2019). On the relationship between Openness to Experience, political orientation, and pro-environmental behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 344-348. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.10.017

Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (2018). How virtual nature experiences can promote pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 60, 41-47. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.10.001

Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (2019). On the lack of real consequences in consumer research - and its consequences. Experimental Psychology, 66(1), 68-76. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000420

Klein, S. A., Hilbig, B. E., & Heck, D. W. (2017). Which is the greater good? A social dilemma paradigm disentangling environmentalism and cooperation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, 40-49. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.06.001

Klein, S. A., Thielmann, I., Hilbig, B. E., & Zettler, I. (2017). Between me and we: The importance of self-profit versus social justifiability for ethical decision making. Judgment and Decision Making, 12(6), 563-571.

Reinecke, L., & Klein, S. A. (2015). Game Studies und Medienpsychologie. In K. Sachs-Hombach & J.-N. Thon (Eds.), Game Studies. Aktuelle Ansätze der Computerspielforschung. Köln: Herbert von Halem.

Rummel, J., Hepp, J., Klein, S. A., & Silberleitner, N. (2012). Affective state and event-based prospective memory. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 351-361. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2011.574873


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