Current Research Projects

The focus of our research is on higher-level cognitive processes including learning, reasoning, categorization, judgment and decision making. Currently we study how causal and moral knowledge is acquired, represented, and used. Methodologically we combine computational modeling with behavioral experimentation to gain insights into the cognitive processes underlying these key competencies. I am also interested in the neural basis of causal and moral reasoning, and in cognitive behavioral research comparing humans with other species.

Current research grants

Agents and causes: Reconciling competing theories of causal reasoning (DFG project; since 2011)

The psychology of moral dilemmas (DFG project; since 2010)

Causal Bayes nets as psychological models of reasoning (DFG projekt; 2005-2011)

Current Ph.D. students

Jana Samland

Simon Stephan


Current Post Docs

Ralf Mayrhofer

Jonas Nagel

Alexander Wiegmann