Welcome to my homepage. I am assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and the ICS at the University of Groningen.

My general research interest concerns collective action and social integration in social networks. I use computational modeling techniques to develop new hypotheses. To test these hypotheses, I have gathered longitudinal network data in several organizations and conducted laboratory experiments.

I founded the Sociology Laboratory of the Department of Sociology in Groningen, which is a laboratory for behavioural experiments.

I taught model building, sociological theory, and research methodology in the undergraduate Sociology program of the University of Leipzig, the University of Groningen, and at ETH Zurich.

I am a member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences at the University of Groningen.



Principal publications

Michael Mäs, and Dirk Helbing (in press) Random deviations improve micro-macro predictions. An empirical test. Sociological Methods and Research.

Michael Mäs, and Karl-Dieter Opp (2016) When is ignorance bliss? Disclosing true information and cascades of norm violation in networks. Social Networks. 116-129

Michael Mäs, and Heinrich Nax (2016) A behavioral study of “noise” in coordination games. Journal of Economic Theory162. 195-208

Mäs Michael, Andreas Flache, Károly Takács, and Karen Jehn (2013) In the short term we divide, in the long term we unite: Demographic crisscrossing and the effects of faultlines on subgroup polarization. Organization Science 24: 716-736

Mäs Michael, Andreas Flache, and Dirk Helbing (2010) Individualization as Driving Force of Clustering Phenomena in Humans. PLoS Computational Biology 6


  • Paper published in Sociological Methods and Research Great news. Sociological Methods and Research accepted a joint paper with Dirk Helbing. In this paper, we report results of two experiments testing hypotheses about the effects of noise on ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2017, 2:51 PM by Michael Maes
  • Social influence and opinion polarization on the Internet We finished a working paper summarizing findings of two field experiments and a natural experiment on social influence and processes of opinion polarization on the Internet.  You can find the ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 11:36 AM by Michael Maes
  • German podcast features my research on nudging and cascades The Braincast podcast featured my research on nudging and cascades of norm violation in social networks. In only 20 minutes, the podcast explains what sociology is about, summarizes my research ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2016, 7:35 AM by Michael Maes
  • Two experiments do not support the negative-influence assumption Together with Károly Takács, and Andreas Flache I published results from two laboratory experiments testing the assumption that individuals tend to increase opinion differences to disliked others (negative influence). The ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2016, 3:11 AM by Michael Maes
  • Paper published in Social Networks Social Networks published my paper on the diffusion of norm violation in networks. You can find the paper here.One important reason why I love this paper is that it ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2016, 1:11 AM by Michael Maes
  • Paper published in Journal of Economic Theory The Journal of Economic Theory just published one of my favourite papers. This paper is the result of a wonderful collaboration with my coauthor Heinrich Nax, helpful input from many ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 5:58 AM by Michael Maes
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