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I am a (cross-cultural) social psychologist interseted in researching on values, stereotype accommodation as well as old age stereotypes and discrimination. More recently, I also research on methods-related issues. I hold degrees in Sociology, Social Sciences and Psychology from universities in Romania, the Netherlands and Germany respectively.

In addition to my employment at GESIS, I am a visiting scholar to prof. Klaus Boehnke at the department of Psychology and Methods, Jacobs University Bremen.

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- Associate Editor at Online Readings in Psychology and Culture (ORPC)
- Editorial Board at Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP)
- Occasional Reviewer at more than 20 outlets
- Member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)

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Main topics of interest

i) Empirically adequate theoretical predictions in social sciences
ii) Stereotype accommodation
iii) Mesurement structure of stereotype content
iv) Values and value measurement in a new approach

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Journal article

Witte, Erich H., Adrian Stanciu, and Klaus Boehnke. 2020. "A new empirical approach to inter-cultural comparisons of value preferences based on Schwartz’s theory." Frontiers in Psychology, section Cultural Psychology On-line only. doi:

Ko, Ahra, Cari M. Pick, Jung Yul Kwon, Michael Barlev, Jaimie Arona Krems, Michael E.W. Varnum, Rebecca Neel, Mark Peysha, Watcharaporn Boonyasiriwat, Eduard Brandstätter, Ana Carla Crispim, Julio Eduardo Cruz, Daniel David, Oana A. David, Renata Pereira de Felipe, Velichko H. Fetvadjiev, Ronald Fischer, Silvia Galdi, Oscar Galindo, Galina Golovina, Luis Gomez-Jacinto, Sylvie Graf, Igor Grossmann, Pelin Gul, Takeshi Hamamura, Shihui Han, Hidefumi Hitokoto, Martina Hrebičková, Jennifer Lee Johnson, Johannes A. Karl, Oksana Malanchuk, Asuka Murata, Jinkyun Na, Jiaqing O, Muhammed Rizwan, Eric Roth, Sergio Antonio Salgado Salgado, Elena Samoylenko, Tatyana Savchenko, A. Timur Sevincer, Adrian Stanciu, Eunkook M. Suh, Thomas Talhelm, Ayse K. Uskul, Irem Uz, Danilo Zambrano, and Douglas T. Kenrick. 2020. "Family matters: Rethinking the Psychology of human social motivation." Perspectives on Psychological Science (15,1): 173-201. doi:

Stanciu, Adrian. 2020. "Value systems as motivational forces for the suppression of ageism towards older people amongst young adults: an analysis across countries." Ageing & Society On-line first. doi:

Stanciu, Adrian, Christin-Melanie Vauclair, and Nicole Rodda. 2019. "Evidence for stereotype accommodation as an expression of immigrants socio-cognitive adaptation." International Journal of Intercultural Relations (72): 76-86. doi:

Stanciu, Adrian, and Christin-Melanie Vauclair. 2018. "Stereotype accommodation: A socio-cognitive perspective on migrants’ cultural adaptation.." Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (49,7): 1027-1047. doi:

Stanciu, Adrian, and Menno W. Vos. 2017. "Stereotype-based faultlines and out-group derogation in diverse teams: The moderating roles of task stereotypicality and need for cognition.." The Journal of Social Psychology (157,6). doi:

Stanciu, Adrian, Christopher J. Cohrs, Katja Hanke, and Alin Gavreliuc. 2017. "Within-culture variation in the content of stereotypes: Application and development of the stereotype content model in an Eastern European culture." The Journal of Social Psychology (157,5): 611-628. doi:

Stanciu, Adrian. 2015. "Four sub-dimensions of stereotype content: Explanatory evidence from Romania." International Psychology Bulletin (19): 14-20.

Stanciu, Adrian. 2015. "The underlying structure of diverse work groups: A literature review on faultlines and diversity outcomes." Romanian Journal of Applied Psychology (17): 63-71.

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Contribution to edited volume

Stanciu, Adrian. 2017. "Overall and contextually-bound well-being. Life satisfaction of Romanian migrant-emerging-adults as the outcome of a mediated association acculturation-adaptation." In Well-being of Youth and Emerging Adults across Cultures. Springer Series on Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology, edited by Radosveta Dimitrova, Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology, 173-190. Springer eBook.

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Stanciu, Adrian. 2010. Uniforma vestimentară. Ipostază a conformării astăzi. [Dressing uniform. A modern instance of conformity]. Iasi: Lumen.

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Working and discussion paper

Witte, Erich H., Adrian Stanciu, and Frank Zenker. 2020. A simple measure for the predictive accuracy of an empirical construct. PsyArxIv. doi:

Stanciu, Adrian. 2020. Stereotype accommodation concerning older people. PsyArxIv. doi:


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Conference contribution

Stanciu, Adrian. 2019. "Horizontal transmission of elderly stereotypes from native population to immigrants: A multi-theory exploration across 29 countries." 4th International ESS Conference "Turbulent times in Europe: Instability, insecurity and inequality", 15-17 April 2019, Mannheim, Germany.

Stanciu, Adrian, Erich H. Witte, and Klaus Boehnke. 2019. "The Distribution Approach and The Averaging Approach: A Tale of Two Methodologies Meant to Measure Value Preferences at the Culture Level." 4th International ESS Conference "Turbulent times in Europe: Instability, insecurity and inequality", 15-17 April 2019, Mannheim, Germany, 15.04.2019.

Stanciu, Adrian, Erich H. Witte, and Klaus Boehnke. 2018. "A new empirical approach to inter-cultural comparisons of value preferences based on Schwartz’s theory." 51st Congress of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland..

Stanciu, Adrian, Klaus Boehnke, and Erich H. Witte. 2018. "Introducing the ‘distribution approach’ as an alternative methodology to empirically arrive at value priorities at the culture level." IACCP International Congress, Guelph, Canada..

Stanciu, Adrian. 2018. "On how a combination of the Social Network Paradigm and focus group interviews can provide insights into ‘cultural fluidity’." IACCP International Congress, Guelph, Canada. (Poster).

Stanciu, Adrian, Oscar Smallenbroek, Regina Arant, and Klaus Boehnke. 2018. "Value development trajectories and political engagement in mid-adulthood: Evidence from a three-decade longitudinal study of peace movement sympathizers and activists." Conflict Research Society (CRS) Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK..

Stanciu, Adrian. 2017. "Overall and Contextually-Bound Well-Being: A Suggestion of Life Satisfaction as Different Facets of Well-Being." IACCP Regional Congress, Warsaw, Poland..

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Contribution not at conference

Stanciu, Adrian, Erich H. Witte, and Klaus Boehnke. 2021. "Away from the fictitious middle individual in value research!." Webinar on Culture and Values, 21.01.2021.

Stanciu, Adrian, Erich H. Witte, and Frank Zenker. 2021. "The similarity index (ISIM). A simple deductive measure to evaluate the empirical adequacy of a theoretical construct." Virtual Seminar at Center for Social and Cultural Psychology (online), Free University of Bruxelles, 30.03.2021.


Stanciu, Adrian. 2020. "Website for complete beginners: All the steps to create your website, for dummies ("

Stanciu, Adrian. 2017. "On the cognitive adaptation of migrants: Changes in migrants’ personal stereotypes while acculturating to their host countries: Doctoral thesis."


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Stanciu, Adrian. 2017. "Under-Represented Ethnic and Cultural Groups from the Eastern European Context. A Research Incubator for Young Academics (parts I & 2)." IACCP Regional Congress, Warsaw, Poland.