Ralph Hertwig

Center for Adaptive Rationality

Maren Kutscha
Katja Münz
Petra Siemers-Hering

Phone: +49 30 82406-202

Memberships and Service (Selection)

  • Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Section "Psychology and Cognitive Sciences"
  • Member, German National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech
  • Member, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Member, Wilhelm-Wundt-Gesellschaft
  • Faculty, International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)
  • Fellow, Max Planck School of Cognition
  • Faculty, International Max Planck Research School for Computational Methods in Psychiatry and Ageing Research (COMP2PSYCH)

Research interests

  • Models of bounded and ecological rationality
  • Decisions from experience
  • The psychology of risk
  • Lifespan development of decision making
  • Evidence-based public policy (Boosting)

Short CV

2017Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
since 2016Honorary professor, Freie Universität Berlin
since 2013Honorary Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
since 2012Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
2005–2012Full Professor for Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the Department of Psychology, University of Basel
2003Habilitation in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
1995Ph. D. (Dr. rer soc.) in Psychology, Universität Konstanz

Selection of recent publications

(the complete list of publications can be found here)

  • Lejarraga, T., & Hertwig, R. (2022). Three theories of choice and their psychology of losses. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 17(2), 334–345. https://doi.org/10.1177/17456916211001332
  • Hertwig, R., & Wulff, D. U. (2021). A description-experience framework of the psychology of risk. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 17(3), 631–651. https://doi.org/10.1177/17456916211026896
  • Pleskac, T. J., Conradt, L., Leuker, C., & Hertwig, R. (2021). The ecology of competition: A theory of risk-reward environments in adaptive decision making. Psychological Review, 128(2), 315–335. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000261
  • Hertwig, R., & Engel, C. (Eds.). (2020). Deliberate ignorance: Choosing not to know. MIT Press.
    • Please find a review by Thomas Hills here.
  • Kozyreva, A., Lewandowsky, S., & Hertwig, R. (2020). Citizens versus the internet: Confronting digital challenges with cognitive tools. Psychological Science in the Public Interest21(3), 103–156. https://doi.org/10.1177/1529100620946707
  • Lorenz-Spreen, P., Lewandowsky, S., Sunstein, C. R., & Hertwig, R. (2020). How behavioural sciences can promote truth, autonomy and democratic discourse online. Nature Human Behaviour, 4, 1102–1109. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0889-7
  • Spiliopoulos, L., & Hertwig, R. (2020). A map of ecologically rational heuristics for uncertain strategic worlds. Psychological Review, 127(2), 245–280. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000171
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