Jörg Rieskamp


Head of Center for Economic Psychology


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Research Interests

  • Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty
  • Cognitive Modeling of Human Judgments and Decisions
  • Sequential Sampling Models of Decision Making
  • Adaptiveness of Human Behavior 

Current Projects

  • Measuring risk preferences
    Testing and comparing different methods of eliciting people's risk preferences
  • Context effects of decision making
    People often violate concerstones of economic theory, due to different context effects. In this project we develop and test cognitive models to explain these violations.
  • Sequential Sampling Models of Decision Making
    What are the cognitive, motivational and social capabilities that have a major impact on people's investment decisions.   

Selected Publications 

  • Mohr, P. N. C., Heekeren, H. R., & Rieskamp, J. (2017). Attraction Effect in Risky Choice Can Be Explained by Subjective Distance Between Choice Alternatives. Scientific Reports, 7.
  • Gluth, S., Hotaling, J. M., & Rieskamp, J. (2017). The Attraction Effect Modulates Reward Prediction Errors and Intertemporal Choices. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(2), 371-382.
  • Berkowitsch, N. A. J., Scheibehenne, B., & Rieskamp, J. (2014). Rigorously Testing Multialternative Decision Field Theory Against Random Utility Models. Journal of Experimental Psychology-General, 143(3), 1331-1348.
  • Hoffmann, J. A., von Helversen, B., & Rieskamp, J. (2014). Pillars of Judgment: How Memory Abilities Affect Performance in Rule-Based and Exemplar-Based Judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology-General, 143(6), 2242-2261.
  • Scheibehenne, B., Rieskamp, J., & Wagenmakers, E. J. (2013). Testing Adaptive Toolbox Models: A Bayesian Hierarchical Approach. Psychological Review, 120(1), 39-64.
  • Galesic, M., Olsson, H., & Rieskamp, J. (2012). Social Sampling Explains Apparent Biases in Judgments of Social Environments. Psychological Science, 23(12), 1515-1523. doi:10.1177/0956797612445313 

Work History

  • 2008-present:          Professor for Economic Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Basel
  • 2002-2008:          Research scientist, Max-Planck-Institut for Human Development, Berlin 
  • 2001-2002:          Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Psychology, Indiana University
  • 1998-2001:         Ph.D. Candidate, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • CV  

Teaching Skills

  • Lecture: Introduction to Economic Psychology 
  • Lecture: Risk and Risk Communication 
  • Current Courses