Waldmann, Michael R.

Curriculum Vitae

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

Die Beantwortung kausaler Fragen über Einzelfälle (DFG-Projekt seit 2017).

Current Ph.D. students

Neele Engelmann

Juan Marulanda

Current Post Docs

Niels Skovgaard Olsen

Simon Stephan

Teaching

I currently offer courses about cognitive science, in particular higher-level cognition, in the bachelor and master programs.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband
  • Psychonomic Society

Editorial Boards

  • Psychological Review, Associate Editor (since 2021)
  • Psychological Review, Editorial Board (2015-2021)
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Associate Editor (2010-2021)
  • Experimental Psychology, Consulting Editor (since 2010)
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Consulting Editor (2002-2010)
  • Memory & Cognition, Consulting Editor (2006-2009)

Professional Services

Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Panel (selective)

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (since 2014; Chair of Scientific Advisory Board since 2015)                     

Member of the European Science Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant Panel SH4 „The human mind and its complexity“, 2017, 2019

 

Member of Evaluation Panels:

               Graduate School Munich, 2016

               University of Münster, 2011

               University of Uppsala, 2007

               DFG (Düsseldorf; Tübingen), 2005, 2017        

 

Review of Grant Proposals and Evaluations

            Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

            Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, U.K.

            Cognitive Science Conference (Program Committee)

            Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

            Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie

            Economic & Social Research Council

            German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research & Development

            Israel Science Foundation

            McArthur Foundation

            James S. McDonnell Foundation

            Max Planck Society

            National Science Foundation (NSF)

            Schweizer Nationalfonds

            Universität Bochum

            US-Israel Binational Science Foundation

            Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

            Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie

            Economic & Social Research Council

            German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research & Development

            McArthur Foundation

            James S. McDonnell Foundation

            Max Planck Society

            National Science Foundation (NSF)

            Schweizer Nationalfonds

 

    Honors and Awards

    Charlotte and Karl Bühler Early Career Research Award from the German Society for Psychology, 1996

    Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), 2010

    Computational Modeling: Higher Level Cognition Award of the Cognitive Science Society (Stephan & Waldmann, 2017)

    Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, 2021