Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaissmaier

Professor

Social Psychology and Decision Sciences
University of Konstanz, P.O. Box 43
D-78457 Konstanz

Office D 512
Tel.: +49 7531 88-3024
Fax: +49 7531 88-5288
gaissmaier [at] uni-konstanz.de

Research interests

  • Judgment and decision making
  • Individual differences in decision making
  • Risk perception and communication
  • Memory-based decision making
  • Medical decision making
  • Ecological rationality
  • Models of heuristics

Professional experience

since 2014 Full Professor of Social Psychology and Decision Sciences (W3), Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany
since 2014 Adjunct Researcher, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
2008–2014 Chief Research Scientist, Harding Center for Risk Literacy, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
2003–2006 Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Education

2013 Habilitation in Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2007 PhD in Psychology, Free University Berlin, Germany
2002 Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to Master’s Degree), Free University Berlin, Germany

Honors and awards

2013 Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
2012 Fellow, German Young Academy, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities & German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2009 Dissertation prize (runner up), German Psychological Society, Section: General Psychology
2008 Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements, Max Planck Society
2006 New Investigator Award, Brunswik Society

Publications

2011
Chapter

Gaissmaier, W., Fific, M., & Rieskamp, J. (2011).  Analyzing response times to understand decision processes.  In M. Schulte-Mecklenbeck, A. Kühberger, & R. Ranyard (Eds.), A handbook of process tracing methods for decision research: A critical review and user's guide (pp. 141–162).  New York: Psychology Press.

2011
Article

Wegwarth, O., Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2011). Deceiving numbers: Survival rates and their impact on doctors’ risk communication. Medical Decision Making, 31, 386–394.

2011
Article

Gaissmaier, W. (2011). Die Evidenz transparent machen. Das Österreichische Gesundheitswesen, 52, 13–15.

2011
Paper

Gaissmaier, W., & Marewski, J. N. (2011). Forecasting elections with mere recognition from small, lousy samples: A comparison of collective recognition, wisdom of crowds, and representative polls. Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 73–88.

2011
Review paper

Gigerenzer, G., & Gaissmaier, W. (2011). Heuristic decision making. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 451–482.

2011
Paper

Hertwig, R., Buchan, H., Davis, D. A., Gaissmaier, W., Härter, M., Kolpatzik, K., Légaré, F., Schmacke, N., & Wormer, H. (2011). How will health care professionals and patients work together in 2020? A manifesto for change. In G. Gigerenzer & J. A. Muir Gray (Eds.), Better doctors, better patients, better decisions: Envisioning health care 2020 (pp. 317–337). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2011
Article

Gaissmaier, W. (2011). Risk communication: Why we need understandable information. Way Ahead, 15, 10–12.

2011
Chapter

Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2011). When misinformed patients try to make informed health decisions. In G. Gigerenzer & J. A. Muir Gray (Eds.), Better doctors, better patients, better decisions: Envisioning healthcare 2020 (pp. 29–43). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2010
Paper

Marewski, J. N., Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., Goldstein, D. G., & Gigerenzer, G. (2010). From recognition to decisions: Extending and testing recognition-based models for multialternative inference. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 287–309.

2010
Paper

Marewski, J. N., Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2010). Good judgments do not require complex cognition. Cognitive Processing, 11, 103–121.

2010
Paper

Heesen, C., Kleiter, I., Nguyen, F., Schäffler, N., Kasper, J., Köpke, S., & Gaissmaier, W. (2010). Risk perception in natalizumab-treated multiple sclerosis patients and their neurologists. Multiple Sclerosis, 16, 1507–1512.

2010
Paper

Marewski, J. N., Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2010). We favor formal models of heuristics rather than lists of loose dichotomies: A reply to Evans and Over. Cognitive Processing, 11, 177–179.

2009
Paper

Marewski, J. N., Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., Goldstein, D. G., & Gigerenzer, G. (2009). Do voters use episodic knowledge to rely on recognition? In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2232–2237). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

2009
Article

Gigerenzer, G., Gaissmaier, W., Kurz-Milcke, E., Schwartz, L. M., & Woloshin, S. (2009). Glaub keiner Statistik, die du nicht verstanden hast. Gehirn & Geist, (10), 34–39.

2009
Article

Gigerenzer, G., Gaissmaier, W., Kurz-Milcke, E., Schwartz, L. M., & Woloshin, S. (2009). Knowing Your Chances. Scientific American Mind, 20(2), 45-51

2009
Paper

Gaissmaier, W. (2009). Kommunikation von Chancen und Risiken in der Medizin. In T. Langer & M. Schnell (Eds.), Das Arzt-Patient Patient-Arzt Gespräch: Ein Leitfaden für Klinik und Praxis (pp. 177–185). München: Marseille.

2009
Chapter

Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2009). Risk communication. In M. W. Kattan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of medical decision making (Vol. 2, pp. 1006–1008). Los Angeles: Sage.

2009
Chapter

Neumeyer-Gromen, A., & Gaissmaier, W. (2009). Screening programs. In M. W. Kattan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of medical decision making (Vol. 2, pp. 1020–1024). Los Angeles: Sage.

2009
Paper

Wegwarth, O., Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2009). Smart strategies for doctors and doctors-in-training: Heuristics in medicine. Medical Education, 43, 721–728.

2009
Article

Gigerenzer, G., & Gaissmaier, W. (2009). Warum wir verständliche Informationen brauchen. Berliner Ärzte, 46(5), 3.

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