Jana Jarecki




Research Profiles: ResearchGate | ORCID

Research Interests

  • Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty
  • Process Modeling of Human Judgments and Decisions
  • Optimal Experimental Design
  • Evolution of Cognition
  • Ecological Rationality

Current Projects

  • Evolution of Domain Differences in Decision Making under Risk
    The willingness to take risks depends on the content of the choice - humans tend to risk more for family than for status. How does the cognitive system produce such domain differences reliably?
  • Similarity-based Human Preferences
    Can human preferential choices -- choices based on subjective valuations of options -- be described by a cognitive process that involves remembering the value of past experiences and comparing how similar these are to the current option?
  • The Affect Heuristic in Financial Risk Taking
    It has been proposed that in situations where decision makers have little knowledge about a stock, their risk taking is driven by affective evaluations of the stock they decide about. We test this hypothesis against the idea that laypeople may simply assign a different meaning to the word "risk".

Selected Publications 

  • Jarecki, J. B., Meder, B., & Nelson, J. D. (2017). Naive and robust: class-conditional independence in human classification learning. Cognitive Science, 1–39. doi:10.1111/cogs.12496
  • Jarecki, J. B. (2016). Modeling the decision making mind: does form follow function? (Dissertation) Humbold University Berlin
  • Jarecki, J., Meder, B., & Nelson, J. D. (2013). The assumption of class-conditional independence in category learning. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2650–2655). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Work History

  • 2016 - present:   Postdoctoral researcher, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2015:                 Visiting Researcher, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2012 - 2016:       Ph.D. Candidate, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Teaching Skills

  • Lecture: Risk and Risk Communication
  • Seminar: How to Write a Bachelor Thesis
  • Seminar: Evolution of Cognition
  • Current Courses