Research

The Center for Cognitive and Decision Sciences (CDS) aims to understand the psychological mechanisms underlying information search, representation, and integration, in particular, how individuals of all ages search and integrate evidence to make decisions under risk and uncertainty. CDS is committed to theoretical and methodological pluralism as well as interdisciplinary collaboration. 

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

Confucius

Current Research Topics

Decision

The Aging Decision Maker

The world is experiencing a demographic revolution. Life expectancy is on the rise. But how can we ensure that longer lives will be better lives? Will we be up to the challenge of making financial and other consequential decisions well into old age? The Center for Cognitive and Decision Sciences aims to understand how cognitive and affective changes brought about by aging can change the way we search and represent information and, ultimately, make decisions in all life domains.

Risk

Understanding Risk and Uncertainty

How do we understand evidence, risk, and uncertainty? How can scientists, policymakers, or practitioners maximize the public’s understanding of scientific knowledge and the associated gaps? Can such understanding be used to prevent the rise of science denialists or fake news? The Center for Cognitive and Decision Sciences investigates how evidence, risk, and uncertainty are understood in different contexts and aims to apply these insights to improve the communication of information in various domains, such as wealth, health, and sustainable behaviour.


Research Projects

The links below offer information about some ongoing or completed research projects conducted at the Center for Cognition and Decision Sciences. 


Representative Publications


Our Researchers

At the Center for Cognition and Decision Sciences we conduct research on a variety of topics. Please follow the links below to find out more about the research of individual staff members.