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 Karl-Dieter Opp (in press) When is ignorance bliss? Disclosing true information and cascades of norm violation in networks. Social Networks.

Michael Mäs, and Heinrich Nax (forthcoming) 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

Mäs, Michael; Kurt Mühler, and Karl-Dieter Opp (2005) Wann ist man deutsch? Empirische Ergebnisse eines faktoriellen Surveys. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 57:112-134.


  • Paper accepted for publication in Social Networks Social Networks accepted my paper on the diffusion of norm violation in networks. One important reason why I love this paper is that it emerged from a wonderful collaboration with ...
    Posted May 20, 2016, 5:44 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
  • Keynote at a Computer Science conference I was invited to give a keynote at PRIMA 2015, a really nice conference on Multi-Agent-Systems. My talk will focus on my past work on social influence in ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 5:59 AM by Michael Maes
  • I am back in Groningen Since February 2015 I am assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and the ICS at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. I am very much looking forward to both ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 5:59 AM by Michael Maes
  • I am member of the Editorial Board of JASSS I was appointed member of the editorial board of JASSS, the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. JASSS is an interdisciplinary journal for the exploration and understanding of social ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 5:59 AM by Michael Maes
  • Best paper award Our working paper on the effects of web personalization on opinion polarization was awarded the best paper award of the Workshop on Social Influence at th International Conference  on Social ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 5:59 AM by Michael Maes
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