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"
  • 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

2017 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
since 2016 Honorary professor, Freie Universität Berlin
since 2013
Honorary Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
since 2012
Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
since 2010
Elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
20052012 Full Professor for Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the Department of Psychology, University of Basel
2003 Habilitation in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
1995 Ph. D. (Dr. rer soc.) in Psychology, Universität Konstanz

Selection of recent publications

(the complete list of publications can be found here)

Spiliopoulos, L., & Hertwig, R. (2020). A map of ecologically rational heuristics for uncertain strategic worlds. Psychological Review, 127, 245–280.

El Zein, M., Bahrami, B., & Hertwig, R. (2019). Shared responsibility in collective decisions. Nature Human Behaviour3, 554-559.

Hertwig, R., Pleskac, T. J., Pachur, T., & The Center for Adaptive Rationality (2019). Taming uncertainty. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Hertwig, R., Wulff, D. U., & Mata, R. (2019). Three gaps and what they may mean for risk preference. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: B, Biological Sciences374:20180140.

Hertwig, R., & Grüne-Yanoff, T. (2017). Nudging and boosting: Steering or empowering good decisions. Perspectives on Psychological Science12, 973-986.

Hertwig, R., & Engel, C. (2016). Homo ignorans: Deliberately choosing not to know. Perspectives on Psychological Science11, 359-372.

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