Wilhelm Hofmann, an assistant professor of behavioral science at Chicago Booth, received the 2013 SAGE Young Scholars Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Jan. 17, 2013, in New Orleans.
The award is given to junior faculty who have demonstrated “exceptional individual achievements in social and/or personality psychology, conducting research that places them at the forefront of their peers,” according to the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, which gives the award annually in collaboration with SAGE Publications. Nominees are also judged on their innovation, creativity and potential to make a significant impact on the field.
In his research on social and personality psychology, Hofmann focuses on self-regulation and consumer, health and moral decision-making. “I am intrigued by the question of why people sometimes act against their better judgments and intensions,” he said. “The problem of self-control is not only fascinating from a theoretical perspective, it has huge implications for how we live our lives.”
Hofmann’s recent research includes “Everyday Temptations: An Experience Sampling Study of Desire, Conflict and Self-Control,” published in 2012 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, co-authored with Roy Baumeister, Georg Forster and Kathleen Vohs. His earlier work has appeared in other major psychology journals.
During the current academic year he is teaching MBA courses on managing in organizations.
Hofmann received the 2012 Social Cognition Early Career Award from the International Social Cognition Network, the 2010 Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the German Science Foundation, and the 2009 William Stern Award from the German Psychological Society.
He received a Ph.D. from the University of Landau in Germany and joined the Booth faculty in 2010.
The SAGE Young Scholars Award, given annually to five untenured academics, includes a $5,000 award.