Friederike Funk

Assistant Professor of Practice in Psychology
NYU Shanghai


Friederike Funk is Assistant Professor of Practice in Psychology at NYU Shanghai. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Funk’s research interests center around social psychology and law. In particular, she examines the social-cognitive mechanisms that restore people’s sense of justice—such as the perception of transgressor remorse. She is also interested in how character inferences from faces have potentially biasing effects in legal settings. Prior to joining NYU, Funk was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Research Interests

  • Psychology and Law
  • Restorative Justice
  • Social Cognition
  • Face Perception
  • Criminal Stereotypes

Select Publications

  • Funk, F., Walker, M., & Todorov, A. (2017). Modeling perceptions of criminality and remorse from faces using a data-driven computational approach. Cognition and Emotion, 31(7), 1431-1443. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1227305
  • Gollwitzer, M., Braun, J., Funk, F., & Süssenbach, P. (2016). People as intuitive retaliators: Spontaneous and deliberate reactions to observed retaliation. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(6), 521-529. doi:10.1177/1948550616644300
  • Olivola, C.Y., Funk, F., & Todorov, A. (2014). Social attributions from faces bias human choices. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(11), 566-570. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2014.09.007
  • Funk, F., McGeer, V., & Gollwitzer, M. (2014). Get the message: Punishment is satisfying if the transgressor responds to its communicative intent. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(8), 986-997. doi:10.1177/0146167214533130
  • Funk, F. & Todorov, A. (2013). Criminal stereotypes in the courtroom: Facial tattoos affect guilt and punishment differently. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19(4), 466-478. doi:10.1037/a0034736


  • PhD, Psychology
    Princeton University
  • MA, Psychology
    Princeton University
  • Dipl.-Psych.
    Universität Koblenz-Landau