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

2017
Article

​Phillips, N. D., Neth, H., Woike, J. K. & Gaissmaier, W. (2017).  FFTrees: A toolbox to create, visualize, and evaluate fast-and-frugal decision trees.  Judgment and Decision Making, 12 (4), 344–368.

in press
Article

Donner-Banzhoff, N., Seidel, J., Sikeler, A.-M., Bösner, S., Vogelmeier, M., Westram, A., Feufel, M., Gaissmaier, W., Wegwarth, O., & Gigerenzer, G. (in press). The phenomenology of the diagnostic process: A primary-care based survey. Medical Decision Making. doi: 10.1177/0272989X16653401

2017
Article

Neth, H., & Gaissmaier, W. (2017).  Warum erfolgreiche Prognosen einfach und unsicher sind.  Von der Wahl des richtigen Werkzeugs für Wähler und die Wahlforschung.  Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 27 (2), 205–220.  doi: 10.1007/s41358-017-0100-5

2016
Article

Galesic, M., Kause, A., & Gaissmaier, W. (2016). A sampling framework for uncertainty in individual environmental decisions. Topics in Cognitive Science, 8, 242-258. doi: 10.1111/tops.12172

2016
Article

Gaissmaier, W., Wilke, A., Scheibehenne, B., McCanney, P., & Barrett, H. C. (2016). Betting on Illusory Patterns: Probability Matching in Habitual Gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32, 143-156.
doi: 10.1007/s10899-015-9539-9

2016
Article

Gaissmaier, W., & Neth, H. (2016).  Die Intelligenz einfacher Entscheidungsregeln in einer ungewissen Welt.  Controller Magazin, 41(2), 19–26.

2016
Article

Kendel, F., Helbig, L., Neumann, K., Herden, J., Stephan, C., Schrader, M., & Gaissmaier, W. (2016). Patients’ perceptions of mortality risk for localized prostate cancer vary markedly depending on their treatment strategy. International Journal of Cancer, 139, 749–753. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30123

2015
Paper

Oertelt-Prigione, S. Seeland, U., Kendel, F., Rücke, M., Floeel, A., Gaissmaier, W., Heim, C. M., Schnabel, R., Stangl, V., & Regitz-Zagrosek, V. (2015).  Cardiovascular risk factor distribution and subjective risk estimation in urban women (BEFRI study): A randomized cross-sectional study.  BMC Medicine13, 52. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0304-9

2015
Chapter

Gigerenzer, G., & Gaissmaier, W. (2015). Decision making: Nonrational theories. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 5). Amsterdam: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.26017-0

2015
Paper

Hautz, W. E, Kämmer, J. E., Schauber, S. K., Spies, C. D., & Gaissmaier, W. (2015).  Diagnostic performance by medical students working individually or in teams.  Journal of the American Medical Association313, 303–304. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.15770

2015
Paper

Monteiro, S. D., Sherbino, J. D., Ilgen, J.S., Dore, K.L., Wood, T.J., Young, M.E., Bandiera, G., Blouin, D., Gaissmaier, W., Norman, G. R., Howey, E. (2015).  Disrupting diagnostic reasoning: The effect of interruptions on the diagnostic performance of residents and emergency physicians.  Academic Medicine. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000614

2015
Article

Wilke, A., Scheibehenne, B., Gaissmaier, W., McCanney, P., & Barrett, H. C. (2015).  Illusionary pattern detection in habitual gamblers.  Evolution and Human Behavior35, 291–297. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.02.010

2015
Chapter

Gigerenzer, G., & Gaissmaier, W. (2015).  Intuition und Führung.  In M. W. Fröse, S. Kaudela-Baum, & F. E. P. Dievernich (Eds.), Emotion und Intuition in Führung und Organisation.  Heidelberg: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-07796-9_2

2015
Chapter

Bodemer, N., & Gaissmaier, W. (2015). Risk perception.  In H. Cho, T. Reimer, & K. A. McComas (Eds.). The Sage Handbook of Risk Communication (pp. 10–23). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2015
Article

Moussaïd, M., Brighton, H., & Gaissmaier, W. (2015).  The amplification of risk in experimental diffusion chains.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA112(18), 5631-5636. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421883112

2014
Article

Multmeier, J., Gaissmaier, W., & Wegwarth, O. (2014). Collective statistical illiteracy in health.  In B. L. Anderson & J. Schulkin (Eds.), Numerical Reasoning in Judgments and Decision Making About Health (pp. 39–58).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2014
Paper

Gaissmaier, W., Anderson, B. L., & Schulkin, J. (2014).  How do physicians provide statistical information about antidepressants to hypothetical patients? Medical Decision Making34, 206–215. doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-07796-9_2

2014
Paper

Wilke, A., Scheibehenne, B., Gaissmaier, W., McCanney, P., & Barrett, H. C. (2014).  Illusionary pattern detection in habitual gamblers.  Evolution and Human Behavior35, 291–297. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.02.010

2014
Chapter

Kause, A., Prinz, R., Gaissmaier, W., & Wegwarth, O. (2014).  Risikokompetenz von Ärzten und Patienten.  In K. Hurrelmann & E. Baumann (Eds.),  Handbuch Gesundheitskommunikation (pp. 424–439).  Bern: Huber.

2014
Article

Kämmer, J. E., Gaissmaier, W., Reimer, T., & Schermuly, C. C. (2014).  The adaptive use of recognition in group decision making.  Cognitive Science38, 911–942. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12110

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