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 (2017, online first) 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


  • Workshop on validating models of opinion polarization at EUROCSS We had a great workshop on Validating Models of Opinion Polarization in the Digital Era at the European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science. Thanks to my ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2019, 11:05 PM by Michael Maes
  • ORA Grant for empirical and theoretical research on social influence in networks We have received funding for our project “ToRealSim: Towards realistic computational models of social influence dynamics”. The grant has a volume of 1.2 million Euro. 63 out of initially ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2018, 5:35 PM by Michael Maes
  • Communication in Online Social Networks Fosters Cultural Isolation Together with Marijn Keijzer, and Andreas Flache, I published a paper in Complexity. You can find it here.Abstract: Online social networks play an increasingly important role in communication between ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2018, 5:21 PM by Michael Maes
  • New working paper on the complexity approach to sociology I just uploaded a new article to the SSNR. You can download it here.Abstract In the sociological literature, there is an increasing number of contributions with an approach inspired ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2018, 6:36 AM by Michael Maes
  • Tenure! I got promoted and got tenure. Thanks RuG and thanks to everyone who supported me in the past years. The comic is from:  "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2018, 9:19 AM by Michael Maes
  • 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 Nov 30, 2017, 2:30 AM by Michael Maes
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