I’m a cognitive and behavioral scientist with a background in psychology. 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, and how they make causal inferences based on limited and noisy data. To address these questions, I combine computational modeling with behavioral studies, which span across a wide range of age groups.

Currently, I’m a visiting professor (Vertretungsprofessur, W3) at the University of Erfurt, representing the chair for “Allgemeine Psychologie und Instruktionspsychologie”. I’m also affiliated with the Max Planck Research Group iSearch and the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and the Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences (CEREB) at the University of Erfurt.

See my CV for details.


  • Information search
  • Causal induction
  • 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


In the summer term (SS 2020) I teach the following courses:

  • Virtual lecture Allgemeine Psychologie
  • Virtual seminar Entwicklung, Lehren, Lernen
  • Virtual lecture Ausgewählte Themen aus den Bereichen Entwicklung, Lehren und Lernen
  • Virtual seminar Open Science und wissenschaftliches Arbeiten mit quantitativen Daten
  • Virtual seminar Psychologische Didaktik

See my CV for a complete list of courses I have taught.