Research

This page sketches the common framework of our research. For the specific research interests of our team members, please visit their individual homepages.

Most generally speaking, we share an interest in cognition and experimental psychology. One primary focus of our work is the study of intra- and interpersonal processes of human judgment and decision making (broadly defined) including probabilistic (memory-based) inferences, risky choice, moral and ethical decision making, truth judgments, zero-acquaintance personality judgments, and social dilemma decision making. Our research aims to explain and critically test how decision makers arrive at the choices they make and which factors determine or influence choice behavior and its underlying processes. To this end, we mostly rely on behavioral/experimental methods, eye-tracking, and computational modelling. Indeed, we share a genuine interest in formal modelling both from a substantive perspective and a methodological one.

Furthermore, we focus on the intersection between cognitive/experimental psychology and other research areas, especially personality processes and individual differences as well as social and environmental psychology – relying on an array of methods ranging from traditional questionnaires to interactive multi-person games (as developed in behavioral economics) and indirect questioning techniques.

In the field of memory research, we are, for example, interested in the question whether our memory system is adaptive or not. More precisely, we investigate the consequences for this system if its structural components are influenced by our evolutionary development. Furthermore, we are interested in the beneficial effect of sleep compared to wakefulness on memory.