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

Simon Stephan

Current Post Docs

Ralf Mayrhofer

Niels Skovgaard Olsen


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


  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband
  • Psychonomic Society
  • since 2017 Member of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant Panel SH4 "The human mind and its complexity"

Editorial Boards

  • Psychological Review, Editorial Board (since 2015)

  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Associate Editor (since 2010)
  • Experimental Psychology, Consulting Editor (since 2010)
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Consulting Editor (2002-2010)
  • Memory & Cognition, Consulting Editor (2006-2009)

Ad hoc reviews


  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Brain Research
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
  • Economic & Social Research Council
  • German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research & Development
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Psychological Bulletin


  • Acta Psychologica
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers
  • Canadian Journal of Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Erkenntnis
  • Evolution and Cognition
  • Experimental Psychology
  • J. of Exp. Psych.: Animal Behav. Proc.
  • Journal of Exper. Psychology: General
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
  • J. of Experimental Social Psychology
  • J. of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Kognitionswissenschaft
  • Learning & Behavior
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Memory & Cognition
  • Methods of Psychol. Research – Online
  • Minds and Machines
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
  • Proceedings of the Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
  • Psychologica Belgica
  • Psychological Reports
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychological Review
  • Psychological Science
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • Quarterly Journal of Exper. Psychology
  • Science
  • Thinking and Reasoning
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • Zeitschrift für Entwichklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie
  • Zeitschrift für Psychologie