• IPTO pratique
  • Master of Science en psychologie, orientation psychologie du travail et des organisations (MScPSYTO)

Adrian Bangerter, professeur ordinaire

    Université de Neuchâtel
    Institut de Psychologie
    du Travail et des Organisations
    2e étage, bureau E221
    Rue Emile-Argand 11
    CH - 2000 Neuchâtel
    Tél. + 41 32 718 1318
    Fax + 41 32 718 1391
    e-mail : adrian.bangerter@unine.ch

educational biography

1998  Dr. phil-hist. (PhD), Philosophisch-historische Fakultät, Universität Bern 

1993  Licence en Psychologie Générale, Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Politiques,
          Université de Lausanne

research interests

  • Coordination in collaborative work
  • Discourse and conversation analysis of task-related communication
  • Social interaction and recruiter practices in selection interviews
  • Interplay of language and non-verbal communication (gesture)
  • Social representations, Diffusion of ideas and social construction of knowledge


I am currently an Associate Editor of the journal Discourse Processes

currently funded projects


Storytelling in the selection interview: Antecedents, process, and outcomes

  • Adrian Bangerter, principal investigator 
  • 1 December 2014 – 31 July 2017
  • Funded by Swiss National Science Foundation

publications: peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings


Eicher, V., Clémence, A., Bangerter, A., Mouton, A., Green, E. G. T., & Gilles, A. (in press). Fundamental beliefs, origin explanations and perceived effectiveness of protection measures : Exploring laypersons’ chains of reasoning about influenza. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

González-Martínez, E., Bangerter, A., Lê Van, K., & Navarro, C. (in press).   Clinic staff corridor conversations: Work in passing. Journal of Advanced Nursing

Mayor, E., & Bangerter, A. (2015). Managing perturbations during handover meetings: A joint activity framework. Nursing Open, 2(3), 130-140

Schaller, M., Murray, D., & Bangerter, A. (2015). Implications of the behavioural immune system for social behaviour and human health in the modern world. Philosophical Transactions B, 370, 1-10.

Roulin, N., Bangerter, A., & Levashina, J. (2015). Honest and deceptive impression management in the employment interview: Can it be detected and how does it impact evaluations? Personnel Psychology, 68, 395-444.

Bangerter, A. (2014). Investigating and rebuilding public trust in preparation for the next pandemic. European Psychologist, 19, 1-3.

Bangerter, A., Corvalan, P., & Cavin, C. (2014). Storytelling in the selection interview? How applicants respond to past behavior questions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 29, 1-14.

Otte, S., Bangerter, A., Britsch, M., & Wüthrich, U. (2014). Attitudes of coaches towards the use of computer-based technology in coaching. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 66, 38-52.

Roulin, N., Bangerter, A., & Levashina, J. (2014). Interviewers’ perceptions of impression management in employment interviews. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29, 141-163.

Roulin, N., Mayor, E., & Bangerter, A. (2014). How to satisfy and retain personnel despite job market shortage? Multilevel predictors of nurses’ job satisfaction and intent to leave. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 73, 13-24.

Franks, B., Bangerter, A., & Bauer, M. W. (2013). Conspiracy theories as quasi-religious mentality: An integrated account from cognitive science, social representations theory and frame theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 424. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00424.

Mayor, E., & Bangerter, A. (2013). Coordinating turning while walking and talking. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Mayor, E., Eicher, V., Bangerter, A., Gilles, I., Clémence, A., & Green, E. G. T. (2013). Dynamic social representations of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: shifting patterns of sense-making and blame. Public Understanding of Science, 22, 1011-1024.

Roulin, N., & Bangerter, A. (2013). Social networking websites in personnel selection: A signaling perspective on recruiters' and applicants' perceptions. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 12, 143-151.

Roulin N. & Bangerter, A. (2013). Extracurricular activities in young applicants’ résumés: What are the motives behind their involvement? International Journal of Psychology, 48, 871-880.

Gilles, I., Bangerter, A., Clémence, A., Green, E., Krings, F., Mouton, A., Rigaud, D., Staerklé, C., & Wagner-Egger, P. (2013). Dynamic collective symbolic coping with disease threat and othering: A case study of avian influenza. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 83-102.

Roulin, N., & Bangerter, A. (2013). Students’ use of extracurricular activities to appear distinctive in competitive job markets. Journal of Education and Work, 26, 21-47.

Bangerter, A., Krings, F., Mouton, A., Gilles, I., Green, E. G. T., & Clémence, A. (2012). Longitudinal investigation of public trust in institutions relative to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in Switzerland. PLoS ONE 7(11)

Bangerter, A., Roulin, N., & König, C. J. (2012). Personnel selection as a signaling game. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 719-738.

De Ruiter, J. P., Bangerter, A., & Dings, P. (2012). The interplay between gesture and speech in the production of referring expressions: Investigating the tradeoff hypothesis. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4, 232-248.

Krings, F., Green, E. G. T., Bangerter, A., Staerklé, C. , Clémence, A., Wagner-Egger, P., & Bornand, T. (2012). Preventing contagion with avian influenza: Attitudes toward foreigners moderate the relation between perceived threat and outgroup avoidance beliefs. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 1451-1466.

Mayor, E., Bangerter, A., & Aribot, M. (2012). Task uncertainty and communication during nursing shift handovers. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, 1956-1966.

Roulin, N., & Bangerter, A. (2012). Understanding the academic-practitioner gap for structured interviews: “Behavioral” interviews diffuse, “structured” interviews do not. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 20, 149-158.

Roulin N. & Bangerter A. (2012). Les livres de conseils: Un moyen de réduire l'incertitude des candidats liée à l'entretien de sélection. Psychologie du Travail et des Organisations, 17, 426-444.

Eicher, V., Emery, V., Maridor, M., Gilles, I., & Bangerter, A. (2011). Social representations in psychology: A bibliometrical analysis. Papers on Social Representations, 20, 11.1-11.9.

Wagner-Egger, P., Bangerter, A., Gilles, I., Green, E., Rigaud, D., Krings, F., Staerklé, C., & Clémence, A. (2011). Lay perceptions of collectives at the outbreak of the H1N1 epidemic: Heroes, villains and victims. Public Understanding of Science, 20, 461-476 .

Schulz, P. J., Bangerter, A., & Schmid Mast, M. (2011). Introduction to the Thematic Section on adaptivity in health communication. Studies in Communication Sciences, 11, 7-13.

Bangerter A., Green, E. G. T., & Gilles, I. (2011) . Editorial Introduction to the Special Issue on lay perceptions of emerging infectious diseases. Public Understanding of Science, 20, 442-44 .

Bangerter, A., Mayor, E., & Pekarek Doehler, S. (2011). Reported speech in conversational narratives during nursing shift handover meetings. Discourse Processes, 48, 183-213.

Gilles, I., Bangerter, A., Clémence, A., Green, E. G. T, Krings, F., Staerklé, C., & Wagner-Egger, P. (2011). Trust in medical organizations predicts pandemic (H1N1) 2009 vaccination behavior and perceived efficacy of protection measures in the Swiss public. European Journal of Epidemiology, 26, 203-210.

Roulin, N., Bangerter, A., & Yerly, E. (2011). The uniqueness effect in selection interviews. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 10, 43-47.

Schmid Mast, M., Bangerter, A., Bulliard, C., & Aerni, G. (2011). How accurate are recruiters' first impressions of applicants in employment interviews? International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19, 198-208.

Louwerse, M. M., & Bangerter, A. (2010). Effects of ambiguous gestures and language on the time course of reference resolution. Cognitive Science, 34, 1517-1529.

Bangerter, A., Chevalley, E., & Derouwaux, S. (2010). Managing third-party interruptions in conversations: Effects of duration and conversational role. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 29, 235-244.

Green, E. G. T., Krings, F., Staerklé, C., Bangerter, A., Clémence, A., Wagner-Egger, P., & Bornand, T. (2010). Keeping the vermin out: Perceived disease threat and ideological orientations as predictors of exclusionary immigration attitudes. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 20, 299-316.

Chevalley, E., & Bangerter, A. (2010). Suspending and reinstating joint activities with dialogue. Discourse Processes, 47, 263-291.

Roulin, N. & Bangerter, A. (2009). La littérature de conseils: Source de croyances populaires sur la relation recruteur-candidat lors de l'entretien de sélection? Actes du 20ème Congrès de l'Association Francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines, Toulouse, France, 9-11 Septembre 2009.

Gomez, V., Krings, F., Bangerter, A., & Grob, A. (2009). The influence of personality and life events on subjective well-being from a life-span perspective. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 345-354.

Bangerter, A., König, C., Blatti, S., & Salvisberg, A. (2009). How widespread is graphology in personnel selection practice? A case study of a job market myth. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 17, 219-230.

Krings, F., Bangerter, A., Gomez, V., & Grob, A. (2008). Cohort differences in personal goals and life satisfaction in young adulthood: Evidence for historical shifts in developemental tasks. Journal of Adult Development, 15, 93-105.

Bangerter, A., Krings, F., Petetin, M., & Blatti, S. (2008). Les représentations de l'entretien structuré chez les recruteurs. Psychologie du Travail et des Organisations, 14, 258-275.

Wagner, P., & Bangerter, A. (2007). La vérité est ailleurs: Corrélats de l'adhésion aux théories du complot. Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale, 20, 31-61.

Piller, F., & Bangerter, A. (2007). Les effets d'un bilan de compétences sur l'auto-perception des facteurs d'employabilité et l'estime de soi  chez ls demandeurs d'emploi. Psychologie du Travail et des Organisations, 13, 53-72.

Piller, F., & Bangerter, A. (2007). Effets d'un bilan de compétences sur l'employabilité et l'estime de soi. Actes du 14ème Congrès de l'AIPTLF.

Bangerter, A. & Chevalley, E. (2007). Pointing and describing in referential communication: When are pointing gestures used to communicate? In I. Van der Sluis, M. Theune, E. Reiter, & E. Krahmer (Eds.), Proceedings of the workshop on multimodal output generation (pp. 17-28). CTIT Workshop Proceedings.

Bangerter, A. & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2006). Accuracy in detecting referents of pointing gestures unaided by language. Gesture, 6, 85-102.

Bangerter, A. (2005). Entitativaty of generations, age groups and cohorts as perceived by young adults. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 64, 273-281.

Louwerse, M. M., Bangerter, A. (2005). Focusing attention with deictic gestures and linguistic expressions. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Bangerter, A. (2004). Using pointing and describing to achieve joint focus of attention in dialogue. Psychological Science 15, 415-419. 

Bangerter, A., Clark, H. H., & Katz, A. R. (2004). Navigating joint projects in telephone conversations. Discourse Processes, 37, 1-23.

Bangerter, A. & Heath, C. (2004). The Mozart Effect: Tracking the evolution of a scientific legend. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 1-37.

Bangerter, A., & Clark, H. H. (2003). Navigating joint projects with dialogue. Cognitive Science, 27, 195-225.

Bangerter, A. (2002). Maintaining task continuity: The role of collective memory processes in redistributing information. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 5, 203-219.

Bangerter, A., Grob, A., & Krings, F. (2001). Personal goals at age 25 in three generations of the twentieth century: Young adulthood in historical context. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 60, 59-64.

Grob, A., Krings, F. & Bangerter, A. (2001). Life markers in biographical narratives of people from three cohorts: A life span perspective in its historical context. Human Development, 44, 171-190.

Bangerter, A. (2000). Transformation between scientific and social representations of conception: The method of serial reproduction. British Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 521-535.

Bangerter, A. (2000). Identifying individual and collective acts of remembering in task-related communication. Discourse Processes, 30, 237-264.

Bangerter, A. (2000). Self-representation: conversational implementation of self-presentational goals in research interviews. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 19, 436-462.

Bangerter, A. & Lehmann, K. (1997). Serial reproduction as a method for studying social representations. Papers on Social Representations, 6 , 141-154.
Bangerter, A., Cranach, M. von, & Arn, C. (1997). Collective remembering in the communicative regulation of group action: a functional approach. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 16, 365-388.

Bangerter, A. (1995). Rethinking the relation between science and common sense: A comment on the current state of SR theory. Papers on Social Representations, 4 , 61-78. 

publications: books and book chapters

Eicher, V., & Bangerter, A. (in press). Social representations of infectious diseases. In G. Sammut, E. Andreouli, & G. Gaskell (Eds.), Handbook of social representations. Campbridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bangerter, A., & Eicher, V. (2013). The role of a cultural immune system in resisting expert explanations of infectious disease. In Bauer, M., Harré, R., & Jensen, C. (Eds.), Beyond rationality: Resistance and the practice of rationality (pp. 101-124). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Bangerter, A., & Mayor, E. (2013). Interactional theories of communication. In P. J. Schulz & P. Cobley (Eds.), Handbook of communication science, Vol. 1: Theories and models of communication (pp. 257-271). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Roulin, N., Bangerter, A., & Wüthrich, U. (2012). Réussir l’entretien d’embauche comportemental: La méthode pour identifier et sélectionner les futurs employés performants. Bruxelles : De Boeck Professionals.

Krings, F., & Bangerter, A. (in press, 2010). Durch Diversity Management die demografische Alterung meistern. In G. Ochsenbein, U. Pekruhl, & C. Lack (Eds.), Jahrbuch Human Resource Management 2010. Zurich: WEKA-Verlag.

Bangerter, A. (2008) La diffusion des croyances populaires: Le cas de l'effet de Mozart. PUG.


Le fait d'écouter de la musique classique nous rend-il plus intelligent? Cette croyance, connue sous le nom d'effet Mozart, s'est répandue à travers les Etats-Unis dans les années 1990. Issu d'une série d'expériences scientifiques remises en question ultérieurement, l'effet Mozart est devenu un véritable phénomène de société et a suscité un intérêt populaire sans précédent, comme en témoignent l'apparition de nombreux articles de presse, de jouets didactiques pour enfants, de CD de musique classique, et même des initiatives de législation. L'auteur explore les facteurs favorisant l'émergence, la diffusion et le déclin de cette croyance populaire en analysant les discours de centaines d'articles de la presse écrite. Il documente les transformations de contenu qui sont survenues et qui ont contribué à la création d'une légende scientifique. Le cas de l'effet Mozart est intégré à une réflexion de synthèse sur les différentes formes de croyances populaires, comme les représentations sociales, les rumeurs, les légendes urbaines et les théories du complot. (texte: PUG)


Bangerter, A. (2006). L'appropriation de la science par le sens commun: émergence, croissance et déclin d'une "légende scientifique". In V. Haas (Ed.), Les savoirs du quotidien: Transmissions, appropriations, représentations (pp. 25-36). Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

Clark, H. H., & Bangerter, A. (2004). Changing ideas about reference. In I. Noveck & D. Sperber (Eds.), Experimental Pragmatics (pp.25-49). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Krings, F., Grob, A., & Bangerter, A. (2000). Erlebte und antizipierte Biografien von Personen aus drei verschiedenen Kohorten. In E. Thommen & H. Kilcher (Eds.) Comparer ou prédire. Exemples de recherches comparatives  en psychologie aujourd'hui (pp. 127-140). Fribourg: Presses Universitaires de Fribourg.

Schlittler, B., Krings, F., & Bangerter, A. (2000). Life courses and life projects of childless women. In E. Thommen & H. Kilcher (Eds.) Comparer ou prédire. Exemples de recherches comparatives  en psychologie aujourd'hui (pp. 141-152). Fribourg: Presses Universitaires de Fribourg.

Cranach, M. von & Bangerter, A. (2000). Wissen und Handeln unter systemischer Perspektive: Ein komplexes Problem. In H. Mandl & J. Gerstenmaier (Eds.), Die Kluft zwischen Wissen und Handeln: empirische und theoretische Lösungsansätze (pp. 221-252). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Bangerter, A. & Cranach, M. von (1998). Soziale Repräsentationen und Reduktionismus: Eine mehrstufige und handlungsbezogene Perspektive. In E. H. Witte (Ed.) Sozialpsychologie der Kognition: Soziale Repräsentationen, subjektive Theorien, soziale Einstellungen (pp. 1-14). Lengerich: Pabst.

Cranach, M. von, Bangerter, A. & Arn, C. (1997). Gedächtnisprozesse handelnder Gruppen. In G. Lüer & U. Lass (Eds.), Erinnern und Behalten: Wege zur Erforschung des menschlichen Gedächtnisses (pp. 302-320). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Bangerter, A. & Cranach, M. von (1998). Kommunikative Gedächtnisprozesse als Prozesse der Regulation des Gruppenhandelns. In E. H. Witte (Ed.) Sozialpsychologie der Gruppenleistung (pp. 163-183). Lengerich: Pabst.

other publications

Bangerter, A. (2002). Kollektives Erinnern als Prozess und Handlung. Erwägen Wissen Ethik, 13, 190-192.

Bangerter, A., & Smolenski, C. (2000). Die Wiederverwendung konzeptueller Pakten bei der Bezugnahme auf neue Informationen. Research report No. 72, Psychological Institute, University of Basel.

Grob, A., Krings, F., & Bangerter, A. (2000). Biographies of people from three Swiss cohorts. Research report No. 71, Psychological Institute, University of Basel.

Bangerter, A. (1998). Review of Mannoni, P. (1998), Les représentations sociales. Paris: PUF. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 57, 281.

Bangerter, A. (1996). Die "zweite kognitive Wende": Eine neue Ontologie der Psychologie. Review of Harré, R. & Gillett G. (199 4), The discursive mind. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 27, 173-176.