PD Dr. Peter Gröpel

Applied Social Psychology and Consumer Research

Department of Psychology

University of Vienna

Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG)

A-1010 Vienna

Office: C0713

Phone: +43-1-4277-47353

Email: peter.groepel@univie.ac.at

Appointments only by arrangement

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List of Publications (PDF)

I am a postdoc and licensed sport psychologist with a 10-years expertise in sport and performance psychology both in laboratory and the field. The main professional interest is on promoting performance in high demanding situations, such as when being fatigued, mentally exhausted or under extensive pressure, with applications in sports, medicine, emergency services, and performing arts. Additional work includes motivation to and health-related benefits of sport and exercise, and antecedents of work-life balance and well-being. In psychological terminology, my research integrates fields of motivation and self-regulation, choking under pressure, well-being, and health.


Habilitation, Technical University of Munich, Germany

PhD, University of Trnava, Slovakia

Dr. rer. nat., University of Osnabrück, Germany

Master, University of Trnava, Slovakia

Professional Positions

since 2017
Assistant Professor, University of Vienna, Austria

Assistant Professor, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Research Fellow, University of Trnava, Slovakia


Interventionen zur Leistungsstabilisierung: Weiterentwicklung und Transfer. Grant from the Federal Institute of Sport Sciences, Germany (together with Jürgen Beckmann, TUM).

Choking under Pressure: Interventions and Mechanisms. Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Universities Australia (together with Jürgen Beckmann, TUM, and Christopher Mesagno, Federation Uni Australia).

Motivationale und willentliche Faktoren des Sporttreibens. Grant from Bayerische Forschungsallianz (Principal Investigator).

On the Relationship between Motive/Goal Discrepancies and Volition: Testing Two Different Models. Grant from the German Science Foundation (Principal Investigator).

Selected Publications

Beckmann, J.*, Gröpel, P.*, & Ehrlenspiel, F. (2013). Preventing motor skill failure through hemisphere-specific priming: Cases from choking under pressure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 679–691.

Cross-Villasana, F., Gröpel, P., Doppelmayr, M. & Beckmann, J. (2015). Unilateral left-hand contractions produce widespread depression of cortical activity after their execution. PLoS ONE, 10 (12): e0145867.

Cross-Villasana, F., Gröpel, P., Ehrlenspiel, F., & Beckmann, J. (2018). Central theta amplitude as a negative correlate of performance proficiency in a dynamic visuospatial task. Biological Psychology, 132, 37-44.

Gröpel, P. (2016). Self-focused attention and motor skill failure: The moderating role of action orientation. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3, 206-217.

Gröpel, P., Baumeister R. F., & Beckmann, J. (2014). Action vs. state orientation and self-control performance after depletion. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 476-487. 

Gröpel, P., & Beckmann, J. (2017a). A pre-performance routine to optimize competition performance in artistic gymnastics. The Sport Psychologist, 31, 199-207.

Gröpel, P., & Beckmann, J. (2017b). Personality systems interaction in skilled motor performance: Implications for sport psychology. In, N. Baumann, M. Kazén, M. Quirin, & S. Koole, (Eds.), Why people do the things they do: Building on Julius Kuhl’s contribution to motivation and volition psychology (pp. 323-341). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Gröpel, P., & Kehr, H. M. (2014). Motivation and self-control: Implicit motives moderate the exertion of self-control in motive-related tasks. Journal of Personality, 82, 317-328.

Gröpel, P., & Kuhl, J. (2009). Work-life balance and subjective well-being: The mediating role of need fulfillment. The British Journal of Psychology, 100, 365-375.

Gröpel, P., & Mesagno, C. (2017, online first). Choking interventions in sports: A systematic review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Gröpel, P., Urner, M., Pruessner, J. C., & Quirin, M. (2018). Endurance- and resistance-trained men exhibit lower cardiovascular responses to psychosocial stress than untrained men. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00852

Gröpel, P., Wegner, M., & Schüler, J. (2016). Achievement motive and sport participation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 27, 93-100.


*Authors contributed equally