Gerd Gigerenzer, 2021–22

Project Title:

Digital Risk Literacy

Resident Associate, 2021–22

Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, and Director, Harding Center for Risk Literacy, University of Potsdam

Gerd Gigerenzer

Gerd Gigerenzer is director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the University of Potsdam, director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and a partner of Simply Rational – The Institute for Decisions. He is former professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Law at the University of Virginia. In addition, he is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Basel and the Open University of the Netherlands and is Batten Fellow at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia. Awards for his work include the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences, the Association of American Publishers Prize for the best book in the social and behavioral sciences, the German Psychology Award, and the Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation. He is a member of the Science Council of the ERC. His award-winning popular books Calculated Risks, Gut Feelings, and Risk Savvy have been translated into more than 20 languages. His academic books include Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart, Rationality for Mortals, Simply Rational, and Bounded Rationality (with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel Laureate in economics). In Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions (with Sir Muir Gray) he shows how better informed doctors and patients can improve healthcare while reducing costs. Together with the Bank of England, he is working on the project “Simple Heuristics for a Safer World.” Gigerenzer has trained U.S. federal judges, German physicians, and top international managers in decision making and understanding risks and uncertainties. The Swiss Duttweiler Institute has distinguished Gigerenzer as one of the top-100 Global Thought Leaders worldwide.

Selected Publications

Simply Rational

  • Gigerenzer, Gerd. “Statistical Rituals: The Replication Delusion and How We Got There.” Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science 1, no. 2 (June 2018): 198–218.
  • Gigerenzer, Gerd. “The Bias Bias in Behavioral Economics.” Review of Behavioral Economics 5, no. 3-4 (2018): 303–36.
  • Gigerenzer, Gerd. Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Gigerenzer, Gerd, Ralph Hertwig, and Thorsten Pachur, eds. Heuristics: The Foundations of Adaptive Behavior. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
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