Team | Kronberger Mag.a Nicole Kronberger



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Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
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Research interests:

  • Risk perception, values and the moral evaluation of science and technology
  • Collective symbolic coping with innovation
  • The role of being stereotyped for performance and persistence (stereotype threat)
  • Metaphoric and imaginative reasoning
  • Social research methods


Current Projects:

  • NERRI - Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation (




Journal articles

Kronberger, N., Wagner, W., & Nagata, M. (2014). How Natural Is "More Natural"? The Role of Method, Type of Transfer, and Familiarity for Public Perceptions of Cisgenic and Transgenic Modification. Science Communication, 36, 106-130. doi:10.1177/1075547013500773.

Kronberger, N., & Horwath, I. (2013). The ironic costs of performing well: Grades differentially predict male and female dropout from engineering. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 534-546. doi: 10.1080/01973533.2013.840629

Mouro, C., Castro, P., Kronberger, N., & Duarte, P. (2013). A multi-level approach to energy options across EU: The role of supra-national governance, values and trust. Revue internationale de psychologie sociale/International revue of social psychology, 26 (3), 75-97.

Appel, M., & Kronberger, N. (2012). Stereotype threat and the achievement gap: Stereotype threat prior to test taking. Educational Psychology Review, 24(4), 609-635. doi: 10.1007/s10648-012-9200-4

Holtz, P., Kronberger, N., & Wagner, W. (2012). Using Internet Forums for Research on Ideologically Sensitive Communities: A Practical Guide. Journal of Media Psychology, 24(2), 55-66. doi: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000062

Kronberger, N., Holtz, P., & Wagner, W. (2012). Consequences of media information uptake and deliberation: Focus groups’ symbolic coping with synthetic biology. Public Understanding of Science, 21(2), 174-187. doi: 10.1177/0963662511400331

Kronberger, N. (2012). Synthetic Biology: taking a look at a field in the making. Public Understanding of Science, 21(2), 130-133. doi: 10.1177/0963662511426381

Appel*, M., Kronberger*, N., Aronson, J. (2011). Stereotype threat impairs ability building: Effects on test preparation among women in science and technology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41(7), 904-913. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.835 [*Appel and Kronberger contributed equally]

Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P., Esmer, Y., Fischler, C., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N., Hampel, J., Mejlgaard, N., Quintanilha, A., Rammer, A., Revuelta, G., Stares, S., Torgersen, H., & Wagner, W. (2011). The 2010 Eurobarometer on the life sciences. Nature Biotechnology 29(2), 113–114. doi:10.1038/nbt.1771

Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Nagata, M., Sen, R., Holtz, P., & Palacios, F. F. (2010). An essentialist theory of “hybrids”: from animal kinds to ethnic categories and race. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 13(4), 232-246. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01315.x [Misumi Award 2011]

Kronberger, N., Holtz, P., Kerbe, W., Strasser, E., & Wagner, W. (2009). Communicating Synthetic Biology: From the Lab via the Media to the Broader Public. Systems and Synthetic Biology, 3, 19-26. doi: 10.1007/s11693-009-9031-x [free access:]

Gaskell, G., Allum, N. C., Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Torgersen, H., Hampel, J., & Bardes, J. (2004). GM Foods and the Misperception of Risk Perception. Risk Analysis, 24(1), 185-194. DOI: 10.1111/j.0272-4332.2004.00421.x

Oberlechner, T., Slunecko, T. & Kronberger, N. (2004). Surfing the Money Tides: Understanding the Foreign Exchange Market through Metaphors. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 133-156. DOI: 10.1348/014466604322916024

Heinrich, M., Kronberger, N., Maaß, J., & Ötsch, W. (2004). Bildung für die Qualität der Lehre - ein hochschuldidaktischer Lehrgang an der JKU Linz. Zeitschrift für Hochschuldidaktik ZFHD, 1, 37-51. [free access:]

Grabner, P. & Kronberger, N. (2003). „... aber ich sage: ‚das was ich esse, das bin ich’, nicht?“: Widerstand gegen gentechnisch veränderte Nahrungsmittel im Kontext von Identitätsfragen. SWS-Rundschau, 43(1), 129-152. [free access:]

Brandstätter, H. & Kronberger, N. (2003). Qualität der Partnerschaft – ein Produkt von Wertkonsens und Beziehungsdauer. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 34(2), 91-106. doi: 10.1024//0044-3514.34.2.91

Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., & Seifert, F. (2002). Collective symbolic coping with new technology: Knowledge, images and media discourse. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 323-343. DOI: 10.1348/014466602760344241

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N. (2002). Cross-cultural comparison with quantitative and qualitative methods. Psicologia da Educação, 14/15, 115-142.

Kronberger, N., Dahinden, U., Allansdottir, A., Seger, N., Pfenning, U., Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Rusanen, T., Montali, L., Wagner, W.,  de Cheveigné, S., Diego, C. & Mortensen, A. (2001). “The train departed without us”: Public Perceptions of Biotechnology in ten European Countries. Politeia, XVII, 63, 26-36.

Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Bauer, M., Durant, J., Allansdottir, A., Bonfadelli, H., Boy, D., de Cheveigné, S., Fjaestad, B., Gutteling, J. M., Hampel, J., Jelsoe, E., Correia Jesuino, J., Kohring, M., Kronberger, N., Midden, C., Nielsen, T. H., Przestalski, A., RusanenT., Sakellaris, G., Torgersen, H., Twardowski, T. & Wagner, W. (2000). Biotechnology in the European Public. Nature Biotechnology, 18, 935 - 938. doi:10.1038/79403

Kronberger, N. (1999). Schwarzes Loch, geistige Lähmung und Dornröschenschlaf: Ein metaphernanalytischer Beitrag zur Erfassung von Alltagsvorstellungen von Depression. Psychotherapie und Sozialwissenschaft, 1 (2), 85-104.


Book chapters:

Kronberger, N. (forthcoming). Of worlds and objects: Scientific knowledge and its publics. In G. Sammut, E. Andreouli, & G. Gaskell, Societal psychology: A Handbook of Social Representations. Cambridge University Press.

Horwath, I., Kronberger, N., & Appel, M. (2014). Similar but different? Cognitive Differences in the Discussion of Women in Science and Technology. In W. Ernst & I. Horwath, For Future Innovations: Gender in Science and Technology. Transcript Verlag. FWF-E-Book-Library:

Gaskell, G., Stares, S., & Kronberger, N. (2011). The public's view of science. In D.J. Bennett & R.C. Jennings, Successful Science Communication: Telling It Like It Is. Cambridge University Press.

Kronberger, N. (2011). Qualitative Methods and Coding. In D. J. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Castro, P., Batel, S., Devine-Wright, H., Kronberger, N., Mouro, C., Weiss, K., & Wagner, W. (2009). Redesigning Nature and Managing Risk: Social Representation, Change and Resistance. In M.K. Tolba, A. Abdel-Hadi, & S. Soliman (Eds.), Environment, Health, and Sustainable Development. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.

Kronberger, N. (2008). Moralities We Live By: Moral Focusing in the Context of Technological Change. In Sugiman, T., Gergen, K., & Wagner, W. (Eds.), Meaning in Action – Construction, Narratives and Representations. New York: Springer.

Kronberger , N. & Wagner, W. (2007). Inviolable versus alterable identities: Culture, biotechnology and resistance. In G. Moloney and I. Walker (Eds), Social representations and identity: Content, process and power. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Wagner, W., & Kronberger, N. (2006). Le naturel et l’artificiel dans le nouveau monde du genie génétique. In K. Weiss & D. Marchand (Eds.), Psychologie sociale de l’environnement (pp 179-192). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N., Valencia, J., & Duarte Pereira, L.D. (2006). Quantitative and Qualitative Cross-Cultural Comparison: The Role of Cultural Metrics. In J. Straub, D. Weidemann, C. Kölbl, & B. Zielke (Eds.), Pursuit of Meaning. Advances in Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology (pp.293-318). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Berg, S. & Torgersen, H. (2006). The Monster in the Public Imagination. In G. Gaskell & M. Bauer (Eds.), Genomics & Society: Legal, Ethical & Social Dimensions (pp.150-168). London: Earthscan.

Appel, M., Kronberger, N., Wiesner, A. & Batinic, B. (2006). Gender difference in technological sciences as self-fulfilling prophecies: Stereotype Threat in e-learning. In K. Siebenhandl, M. Wagner & S. Zauchner (Eds.), Gender in e-learning and educational games (pp. 85-89). Innsbruck: Studienverlag.

Horwath, I., Kronberger, N., & Wörtl, I. (2006). Frauenräume im Technikstudium: Stigmatisierung oder Chance? In TuNIF (Hrsg), Gezeitenwechsel. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag.

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N. (2005). A comparação intercultural: como tratar a relatividade da significação. In A.S. Paredes Moreira, B. Vizeu Camargo, J.C. Jesuíno, & S.M. Nóbrega (eds.), Perspectivas Teórico-Metodológicas em Representações Sociais (pp.129-158). João Pessoa: Editora Universitária UFPB.

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N. (2003). Discurso e coping simbólico. In M.L. Lima, P. Castro & M. Garrido (eds.), Temas e Debates em Psicologia Social. Identidade, Conflito e Processos Sociais: a Psicologia Social na prática (pp.247-270). Lisboa: Livros Horizonte.

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N. (2002). Mémoires des mythes vécus. Représentations de la technologie génétique. In S. Laurens & Roussiau, N. (eds), La mémoire sociale. Identités et Représentations Sociales. Rennes: Presses Universitaires Rennes.

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N. (2002). Discours et appropriation symbolique de la biotechnologie. In C. Garnier (ed.), Les formes de la pensée sociale (pp.119-147). Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

Kronberger, N. & Wagner, W. (2002). Palavras-chave em contexto: análise estatística de textos.  In M.W. Bauer & G. Gaskell (eds.), Pesquisa qualitativa com texto, imagem e som: um manual prático (pp.416-442). Petrópolis, RJ: Vozes.

Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Allum, N., Correia Jesuino, J., De Cheveigné, S., Diego, C., Gaskell, G., Heinßen, M., Midden, C., Odegaard, M., Olsson, S., Rizzo, B., Rusanen, T. & Stathopoulou, A. (2002). Pandora's Genes—Images of Biotechnology and Nature in Europe. In G. Gaskell, et al. (Eds.), Biotechnology in the Public Eye (pp. 244-278). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Torgersen, H., Egger, C., Grabner, P., Kronberger, N., Seifert, F., Weger. P. & Wagner, W. (2001). Austria and Europe – narrowing the gap with Europe. In M. Bauer, G. Gaskell & J. Durant (eds.), The years of controversy: Biotechnology 1996-1999. London: Museum of Science and Industry.

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N. (2001). Killer Tomatoes! Collective symbolic coping with biotechnology. In K. Deaux & G. Philogene (Eds.), Representations of the Social - Bridging Theoretical Traditions. Oxford: Blackwell.

Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Allansdottir, A., Cheveigné, S., Dahinden, U., Diego, C., Montali, L., Mortensen, A., Oehrman, S., Pfenning, U. & Rusanen, T. (2001). Nature in disorder: The troubled public of biotechnology. In M. Bauer, G. Gaskell & J. Durant (Eds.), The years of controversy: Biotechnology 1996-1999. London: Museum of Science and Industry.

Kronberger, N. & Wagner, W. (2000). Keywords in context: The Statistical Analysis of Text and Open-Ended Responses. In G. Gaskell & M. Bauer (eds), Methods for Qualitative Analysis. London: Sage.


Conference Proceedings and Published Reports:

Kronberger, N., & Kerbe, W. (2011). Monitoring Policy and Research Activities on Science in Society in Europe (MASIS). National Report for Austria. DG Research.

Gaskell, G., Stares, S., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P., Esmer, Y., Fischler, C., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N., Hampel, J., Mejlgaard, N., Quintanilha, A., Rammer, A., Revuelta, G., Stoneman, P., Torgersen, H., & Wagner, W. (2010). Europeans and biotechnology in 2010: Winds of change? A report to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research. doi 10.2777/23393

Gaskell, G., Kronberger, N., Fischler, C., Hampel, J., & Lassen, J. (2008). Consumer perceptions of food products from cloned animals: A social scientific perspective. Report prepared for the European Food Safety Authority.

Bogner A, Cserer A, Gaszò A, Jonas S, Konta B, Kronberger N, Peissl W, Ratzer B, Schmidt M, Schneider-Voß S, Torgersen H, Tumpej M, Wagner W. (2007). Post-Genomics and Complexity (POCO) – The Post-Genomic Era: How does increasing complexity change the debate on genetics? Report for the Austrian Ministry for Education, Science and Culture's GEN-AU Ethical, Legal and Social Affairs (ELSA) Program.

Horwath, I., Kronberger, N., & Wörtl, I. (2007). Tequality – Technik. Gender. Equality. Das Technikstudium aus der Sicht von Frauen und Männern. Herausgegeben von G. Hauch, Institut für Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung & Land Oberösterreich, und Büro für Frauenfragen, Linz. 

Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Fischler, C., Hampel, J., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N., Mejlgaard, N., Revuelta, G., Schreiner, C., Stares, S., Torgersen, H., & Wagner, W. (2006). Europeans and Biotechnology in 2005: Patterns and Trends. A report to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research. (June 22nd 2006)

Kronberger, N. (2004). Lernen mit Simulationen und Virtuellen Realitäten. Lernmodul für den Studiengang Educational Media an der Universität Duisburg‑Essen  (http://online‑

Grabner, P. & Kronberger, N. (2003). Widerstand gegen gentechnisch veränderte Nahrungsmittel im Kontext von Identitätsfragen. In Institut für Energie und Umwelt (Hrsg.), Positionspapier zur Situation der Biotechnologie in Österreich.

Gaskell, G.; Allum, N.; Stares, S.; Bauer, M.W.; Lindsay, N.; Brocklehurst, M.; Wagner, W.; Torgersen, H.; Kronberger, N.; Grabner, P.; Jelsoe, E.; Mortensen, A.; Lassen, J.; Wambui Kamara, M.; Rusanen, T.; Rusanen, M.; Boy, D.; de Cheveigné, S.; Bardes, J.; Chervin, J.; Hampel, J.; Kohring, M.; Matthes, J.; Sakellaris, G.; Chatlouli, A.; Allansdottir, A.; Matteuci, F.; Middden, C.; Meijnders, A.; Gutteling, J.; Nielsen, T.H.; Berg, S.F.; Twardowski, T.; Przestalski, A.; Jesuino, C.; Diego, C.; Fjaestad, B.; Ohman, S.; Olofsson, A.; Bonfadelli, H.; Dahiinden, U.; Leonarz, M.; Einsiedel, E.; Downey, R.; Ten Eyck, T.; Priest, S. (2003). Europeans and Biotechnology in 2002. Eurobarometer 58.0. A report to the EC Directorate General for Research from the project 'Life Sciences in European Society' QLG7-CT-1999-00286 (2nd Edition: March 21st 2003);

Oberlechner, T., Slunecko, T. & Kronberger, N. (2000). Surfing the Money Tides: Understanding the Foreign Exchange Market through Metaphors. Conference Proceedings for the 25th IAREP/SABE Conference "Fairness and Cooperation". Vienna: International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.

Wagner, W. & Kronberger, N. (2000). Processes of Symbolic Coping with New Technologies. Conference Proceedings for the 25th IAREP/SABE Conference "Fairness and Cooperation". Vienna: International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.



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