Wolfgang Gaissmaier

Professor, Universität Konstanz

Professor im Fachbereich Psychologie
Sozialpsychologie und Entscheidungsforschung
Universität Konstanz

Postfach 43 | 78457 Konstanz

Webseite Sozialpsychologie und Entscheidungsforschung


  • seit 2014: Professor (W3) für Psychologie – Universität Konstanz
  • 2013:Habilitation in Psychologie – Universität Heidelberg
  • 2009: Dissertationspreis von der Deutschen Psychologischen Gesellschaft, Bereich: Allgemeine Psychologie
  • 2008-2014: Leitender Wissenschaftler am Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Harding-Zentrum für Risikokompetenz, Berlin
  • 2008: Otto Hahn Medaille für außerordentliche wissenschaftliche Erfolge - Max Planck Gesellschaft
  • 2007: Doktor in Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin - summa cum laude
  • 2006: Brunswik New Investigator Award
  • 2002: Diplom in Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin


Ausgewählte Veröffentlichungen

Kämmer, J. E., Gaissmaier, W., Reimer, T., & Schermuly, C. C. (im Druck). The adaptive use of recognition in group decision making. Cognitive Science.

Norman, G. R., Sherbino, J., Dore, K. L., Wood, T. J., Young, M. E., Gaissmaier, W., Monteiro, S., & Kreuger, S. (im Druck). The etiology of diagnostic errors: A controlled trial of system 1 vs. system 2 reasoning. Academic Medicine.

Gaissmaier, W., Anderson, B. L., & Schulkin, J. (2014). How do physicians provide statistical information about antidepressants to hypothetical patients? Medical Decision Making, 34, 206–215. DOI: 10.1177/0272989X13501720

Heesen, C.*, Gaissmaier, W.*, Nguyen, F., Stellmann, P., Kasper, J., Köpke, S., Lederer, C., Neuhaus, A., & Daumer, M. (2013). Prognostic risk estimates of patients with multiple sclerosis and their physicians: Comparison to an online analytical risk counseling tool. PLoS One, 8, e59042. * Both authors contributed equally.

Kämmer, J. E., Gaissmaier, W., & Czienskowski, U. (2013). The environment matters: Comparing individuals and dyads in their adaptive use of decision strategies. Judgment and Decision Making, 8, 299–329.

Arkes, H. R., & Gaissmaier, W. (2012). Psychological research and the prostate-cancer screening controversy. Psychological Science, 23, 547–553. 

Gaissmaier, W. & Gigerenzer, G. (2012). 9/11, Act II: A Fine-grained Analysis of Regional Variations in Traffic Fatalities in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks. Psychological Science, 23, 1449-1454. doi:10.1177/0956797612447804 Full text

Gaissmaier, W., Wegwarth, O., Skopec, D., Müller, A.-S., Broschinski, S., & Politi, M. C. (2012). Numbers can be worth a thousand pictures: Individual differences in understanding graphical and numerical representations of health-related information. Health Psychology, 31, 286–296.

Sherbino, J., Dore, K. L., Wood, T. J., Young, M. E., Gaissmaier, W., Kreuger, S., & Norman, G. R. (2012). The relation between processing speed and diagnostic errors. Academic Medicine, 87, 785–791.

Wegwarth, O., Schwartz, L. M., Woloshin, S., Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2012). Do physicians understand cancer screening statistics? A national survey of primary care physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine 156:340-349. [abstract]

Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2011). When misinformed patients try to make informed health decisions. In G. Gigerenzer & J. A. M. Gray (Eds.), Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Healthcare 2020 (pp. 29–42)Strüngmann Forum Report, Vol. 6. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [download]

Gaissmaier*, W., & Marewski*, J. N. (2011). Forecasting elections with mere recognition from small, lousy samples: A comparison of collective recognition, wisdom of crowds, and representative polls. Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 73–88. [download] * Both authors contributed equally.

Gigerenzer, G. & Gaissmaier, W. (2011). Heuristic decision making.Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 451–482. 

Heesen, C, Kleiter, I., Nguyen, F., Schäffler, N., Kasper, J., Köpke, S., & Gaissmaier, W. (2010). Risk perception in natalizumab-treated multiple sclerosis patients and their neurologists. Multiple Sclerosis, 16, 1507–1512. 

Marewski*, J. N., Gaissmaier*, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2010). Good judgments do not require complex cognition. Cognitive Processing, 11,103–121. * Both authors contributed equally. 

Marewski, J. N., Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., Goldstein, D. G., & Gigerenzer, G. (2010). From Recognition to Decisions: Extending and Testing Recognition-Based Models for Multi-Alternative Inference.Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17, 287–309. 

Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2008). Statistical illiteracy undermines informed shared decision making. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen [German Journal for Evidence and Quality in Health Care], 102, 411–413

Gaissmaier, W., & Schooler, L. J. (2008). The smart potential behind probability matching. Cognition, 109, 416–422

Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., & Mata, R. (2008). An ecological perspective to cognitive limits: Modeling environment-mind interactions with ACT-R. Judgment and Decision Making, 3, 278–291. [download]

Bröder, A., & Gaissmaier, W. (2007). Sequential processing of cues in memory-based multi-attribute decisions. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, 895–900. 

Gigerenzer, G., Gaissmaier, W., Kurz-Milcke, E., Schwartz, L. M., & Woloshin, S. (2007). Helping doctors and patients make sense of health statistics. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 8, 53–96.

Gaissmaier, W., Schooler, L. J., & Rieskamp, J. (2006). Simple predictions fueled by capacity limitations: When are they successful?Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 32, 966–982