Bernhard Spitzer

Senior Research Scientist

Center for Adaptive Rationality


Phone: +49 30 82406-349

Main Focus

Head of Research Area Neurocognitive Foundations of Adaptive Rationality

  • Decision making
  • Working Memory
  • Learning
  • Numerical cognition
  • Neural oscillations

Curriculum Vitae

2022-now     Research Group Leader Adaptive Memory and Decision Making, MPIB Berlin

2020-now     Senior Research Scientist at ARC, MPIB Berlin

2018-2019    Research Scientist at ARC, MPIB Berlin   

2016-2017    DFG Research Fellow, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

2013-2015    DFG Principal Investigator, Freie Universität Berlin 

Selected Publications

Ciranka, S., Linde-Domingo, J., Padezhki, I., Wicharz, C., Wu, CM., Spitzer, B. (2021). Asymmetric learning facilitates human inference of transitive relations. bioRxiv, doi:

Juechems, K*., Balaguer, J.*, Spitzer, B.*, Summerfield, C.* (2021). Optimal utility and probability functions for agents with finite computational precision. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118(2), e2002232118.

Kang, Z., Spitzer, B. (2021). Concurrent visual working memory bias in sequential integration of approximate number. Scientific Reports11, 5348 (2021)

Luyckx, F., Nili, H., Spitzer, B.*, Summerfield, C.* (2019). Neural structure mapping in human probabilistic reward learning. eLife e42816 doi: 10.7554/eLife.42816

Spitzer, B., Waschke, L., Summerfield, C. (2017). Selective overweighting of larger magnitudes during noisy numerical comparison. Nature Human Behaviour0145 (2017).

Spitzer, B. & Haegens, S. (2017). Beyond the Status Quo: A Role for Beta Oscillations in Endogenous Content (Re-) Activation. eNeuro0170-17.2017

Spitzer, B., Blankenburg, F., Summerfield, C. (2016). Rhythmic gain control during supramodal integration of approximate number. Neuroimage129, 470-479.

Spitzer, B., Fleck, S., Blankenburg, F. (2014). Parametric alpha- and beta-band signatures of supramodal numerosity information in human working memory. Journal of Neuroscience34, 4293-4302.

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