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

2008
Article

Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., & Mata, R. (2008). An ecological perspective to cognitive limits: Modeling environment-mind interactions with ACT-R. Judgment and Decision Making, 3, 278–291.

2008
Article

Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2008). Statistical illiteracy undermines informed shared decision making. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen, 102, 411–413.

2008
Article

Gaissmaier, W., & Schooler, L. J. (2008). The smart potential behind probability matching. Cognition, 109, 416–422.

2007
Article

Gaissmaier, W., Straubinger, N., & Funder, D. C. (2007). Ecologically structured information: The power of pictures and other effective data presentations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 263–264.

2007
Article

Gigerenzer, G., Gaissmaier, W., Kurz-Milcke, E., Schwartz, L. M., & Woloshin, S. (2007). Helping doctors and patients make sense of health statistics. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 8, 53–96.

2007
Paper

Bröder, A., &Gaissmaier, W. (2007). Sequential processing of cues in memory-based multiattribute decisions. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 895-900.
(Reprinted in Heuristics: The foundations of adaptive behavior, pp. 429–435, by G. Gigerenzer, R. Hertwig, & T. Pachur, Eds., 2011, New York: Oxford University Press)

2007
Paper

Gaissmaier, W. (2007). The mnemonic decision maker: How search in memory shapes decision making. Doctoral dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

2006
Chapter

Gigerenzer, G., & Gaissmaier, W. (2006). Denken und Urteilen unter Unsicherheit: Kognitive Heuristiken [Thinking and deciding under uncertainty: Cognitive heuristics]. In J. Funke (Ed.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie: Vol. C, II, 8. Denken und Problemlösen (pp. 329-374). Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe.

2006
Article

Gigerenzer, G., & Gaissmaier, W. (2006). Ironie des Terrors. Gehirn & Geist, 9, 14-16.

2006
Article

Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., & Rieskamp, J. (2006). Simple predictions fueled by capacity limitations: When are they successful? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 32, 966-982.

2006
Paper

Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2006). Wie funktioniert Intuition? [How does intuition work?]. In E. H. Witte (Ed.), Evolutionäre Sozialpsychologie und automatische Prozesse: Beiträge des 21. Hamburger Symposions zur Methodologie der Sozialpsychologie (pp. 31-49). Lengerich: Pabst.

2006
Symposium

Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2006). Wie funktioniert Intuition? [How does intuition work?]. In E. H. Witte (Ed.), Evolutionäre Sozialpsychologie und automatische Prozesse: Beiträge des 21. Hamburger Symposions zur Methodologie der Sozialpsychologie (pp. 31-49). Lengerich: Pabst.

2005
Paper

Marewski, J. N., Gaissmaier, W., Dieckmann, A., Schooler, L. J., & Gigerenzer, G. (2005). Don’t vote against the recognition heuristic. In B. G. Bara, L. Barsalou, & M. Bucciarelli (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 2524). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

2005
Chapter

Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., & Gigerenzer, G. (2005). Receptive memory in judgment and decision making. In M.-L. Käsermann & A. Altorfer (Eds.), Über Lernen: Ein Gedankenaustausch (pp. 67–79). Bern: EditionSolo.

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