I am a professor of cognitive and experimental psychology (Allgemeine Psychologie) at the Health and Medical University in Potsdam, Germany. My research investigates the computational and behavioral principles that support human learning, search, and decision making. I am particularly interested in how humans actively search for information or rewards, how they make causal inferences based on limited and noisy data, and the cognitive foundations of judgment and decision making. I like computational models of cognition, which I develop and test by running behavioral studies that span across a wide range of age groups. Additionally, my work extends to applied research areas, such as leveraging behavioral insights to inform policy-making processes and examining how individuals understand medical risks.

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  • Search, exploration, and active learning
  • Causal induction
  • Cognitive development
  • Judgment and decision making
  • (Bounded) Rationality and heuristics
  • Cognitive modeling
  • Behavioral insights


  • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Psychology, 2006

    University of Göttingen

  • M.Sc. (Diplom) in Psychology, 2003

    University of Göttingen


I regularly teach different courses, including lectures and seminars on general and experimental psychology, as well as research methods. See my CV for a complete list of courses I have taught.