- Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty
- Process Modeling of Human Judgments and Decisions
- Optimal Experimental Design
- Evolution of Cognition
- Ecological Rationality
- 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".
- 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.
- 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
- Lecture: Risk and Risk Communication
- Seminar: How to Write a Bachelor Thesis
- Seminar: Evolution of Cognition
- Current Courses