Gary Bente studied Psychology at the Universities of Regensburg and Saarbrücken. He received a clinical training but then turned to basic communication research with an emphasis on nonverbal behavior. He is co-editor of the German Textbook of Media Psychology and currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Media Psychology. He is Professor for Social Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Cologne, where he also sevrved for many years as Department Chair and Associate Dean of Research. Currently he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University.
Roles & Responsibilities
Nonverbal Communication and Person Perception Communication and Media Theory Media Research Methods Cross-Cultural Communication Social Psychology
Key Research Interest
My major research interests lie in the area nonverbal communication and person perception, extending concepts from face-to-face communication to mass-communication and computer-mediated communication. He published numerous articles on determinants and effects of nonverbal communication and on methodological developments for the micro-analysis of media effects. His recent work focuses on the use of virtual characters in the study of cultural differences in the production and perception of nonverbal behaviour combining behavioural and neuroscience methodology.
Propaganda 2.0. Psychological Effects of Rigth-Wing and Islamic Extremist Internet Videos.
Project Title & Source
Social Cognition and Culture, funded by the German “Volkswagen Stiftung”
What are three things you want your students to know about you?
I like the topic of human communication I like soccer and cars I love my family
Bente, G., Leuschner, H., Al-Issa, A., & Blascovich, J. J. (2010). The others: Universals and cultural specificities in the perception of status and dominance from nonverbal behavior. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(3), 762-777.
Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
Get rid of any fear of methods and see them as a means to satisfy curiosity.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
kind of sense of humor, impatient and foregiving