|University of Göttingen
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 modelling with behavioural 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 behavioural research comparing humans with other species.
|2010||Co-Initiator of the DFG-Priority Program "New frameworks of rationality" (SPP1516)|
|2010||Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science|
|since 2008||Principal Investigator of the Courant Center "Evolution of Social Behavior", University of Göttingen|
|2002-2010||Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Göttingen|
|since 2005||Professor of Psychology (W3) at the University of Göttingen|
|since 2003||Visiting Scholar at the Department of Psychology, (UCLA) (several extended stays) and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT|
|1998||Professor of Psychology (C3) at the University of Göttingen|
|1996||Early career research award from the German Society for Psychology ['Charlotte- und Karl-Bühler-Preis']|
|1994-1998||Senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research [Area: 'Behavioral and cognitive development']|
|1995||Habilitation at the University of Tübingen|
|1988-1990||Postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); collaboration with Keith Holyoak|
|1987-1994||Teaching and research positions at the Universities of Frankfurt and Tübingen|
|1988||Ph.D. at the University of Munich|
|1982-1987||Graduate student at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich|
|1981||Diploma in Psychology from the University of Munich|
Waldmann, M. R., & Hagmayer, Y. (in press). Causal reasoning. In D. Reisberg (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
Nagel, J., & Waldmann, M. R. (2013). Deconfounding distance effects in judgments of moral obligation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 39 (1), 237-252.
Dhami, M. K., Schlottmann, A., & Waldmann, M. R. (Eds.)(2012). Judgment and decision making as a skill. Learning, development and evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hagmayer, Y., Meder, B., v. Sydow, M., & Waldmann, M. R. (2011). Category transfer in sequential causal learning: The unbroken mechanism hypothesis. Cognitive Science, 35, 842-873.
Waldmann, M. R. (2007). Combining versus analyzing multiple causes: How domain assumptions and task context affect integration rules. Cognitive Science, 31, 233-256.
Waldmann, M. R., & Dieterich, J. (2007). Throwing a bomb on a person versus throwing a person on a bomb: Intervention myopia in moral intuitions. Psychological Science, 18, 247-253.
Blaisdell, A. P., Sawa, K., Leising, K. J., & Waldmann, M. R. (2006). Causal reasoning in rats. Science, 311, 1020-1022.
Waldmann, M. R., & Hagmayer, Y. (2006). Categories and causality: The neglected direction. Cognitive Psychology, 53, 27-58.