Main Focus

  • Metacognition, motivated reasoning, and beliefs about politicized science (climate change, vaccination, COVID-19, etc.)
  • Insight into own reasoning errors and polarization
  • Cognitive psychology of climate change beliefs
  • Communicating climate change

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 04/2019: Fellowship from German Research Foundation (DFG). Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Center for Adaptive Rationality
  • 04/2019 - 05/2010: Postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2016-2019: Research associate at the chair for Cognitive Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 2016: PhD in cognitive psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany


Selected Publications


Fischer, H., Huff, M., & Said, N. (2021, March 21). Insight into the accuracy of COVID-19 beliefs predicts behavior during the pandemic. Preprint.


Fischer, H., Huff, M., & Said, N. (2021, July 31). Politicized climate science: No evidence for science literacy driving motivated reasoning, or polarized belief-updating in a US national experiment. Preprint.


Said, N*., Fischer, H*., & Anders, G (2021). Contested Science: Individuals with higher metacognitive insight into interpretation of evidence are less likely to polarize. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
* Shared first authorship



Fischer, H., van den Broek, K. L., Ramisch, K., & Okan, Y. (2020). When IPCC graphs can foster or bias understanding: evidence among decision-makers from governmental and non-governmental institutions. Environmental Research Letters, 15(11), 114041.


Fischer, H., Amelung, D., & Said, N (2019). The accuracy of German citizens’ confidence in their climate change knowledge. Nature Climate Change, 9(10), 776-780.


Amelung, D*., Fischer, H.*, Herrmann, A., Aall, C., Louis, V. R., Becher, H., Wilkinson, P. & Sauerborn, R (2019). Human health as a motivator for climate change mitigation: results from four European high-income countries. Global Environmental Change, 57, 101918. * Shared first authorship


Watts, N., Amann, M., Arnell, N., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., ...Fischer, H., … & Campbell-Lendrum, D. (2018). The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come. The Lancet, 392(10163), 2479-2514.













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