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  • economics and sociology, in Berlin
  • psychology, in Berlin, Wien, Hamburg, Darmstadt
  • mathematics, in Darmstadt


  • Vor-Diplom in psychology (B.A. equivalent) at Hamburg (1966)
  • Diplom in psychology (M.A. equivalent) at Darmstadt (1968)
  • Dissertation Dr.phil. (Ph.D. equivalent) at Darmstadt (1974)
  • Habilitation for psychology at Darmstadt (1980)


  • Research assisstant, Technische Universität Darmstadt (1968-69)
  • Assisstant, Technische Universität Darmstadt (1970-78)
  • Professor, Institute of Psychology, Technische Universität Berlin (1979-2010)


  • Society for Judgment and Decision Making
  • European Association for Decision Making
  • Advisory Board on Consumer Protection at the SCHUFA Holding AG.
  • Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Risiko- und Innovationsforschung der Universität Stuttgart.
  • Universität Stuttgart: Master Online Integrierte Gerontologie.

Selected Research Contracts

  • Dept. for Youth, Family, and Health, Federal Government:
    Developing and testing a model for pregnancy counseling.
  • Dept. for Research and Technology, Federal Government: The use of scenarios in technology assessment.
  • Research Center Jülich: Variants of private information and communication technology equipment in the future.
  • German Research Society (DFG): Cognitive representations of decision problems and subsequent actions.
  • German Research Society (DFG): Expectations and explanations.
  • German Research Society (DFG): Interactive computer programs for decision support.
  • Research Center Jülich (KFA): Need for information and risk aversion.
  • European Community: European comparison of the credibility of risk communicators in the chemical industry.
  • Academy for Technology Assessment (Akademie für Technikfolgenabschätzung), Stuttgart: Development of a computer program for the interactive assessment and validation of value trees: WinGHOST. With Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Timpe.
  • German Research Society (DFG): The perception of environmental problems and the evaluation of strategies for preventive measures. With Dr. Peter M. Wiedemann, Research Center Jülich (KFA).
  • Berliner Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (BVG): Prevention of suicide in the subway. With Dr.-Ing. Arne Kühnel.
  • German Research Society (DFG): The effect of automatization on the mental representation of air traffic in air traffic controllers. With Prof. Dr. Klaus Eyferth.
  • German Research Society (DFG): The perception and evaluation of global strategies for dealing with environmental problems - taking biotechnology as an example.
  • Academy for Technology Assessment (Akademie für Technikfolgenabschätzung), Stuttgart: The relation between knowledge and values in judgments about biotechnology.
  • German Research Society (DFG): Human machine interaction in co-operative systems of flight guidance and air traffic control. German Research Society.
  • DaimlerChrysler Aerospace Airbus GmbH, Hamburg: Psychological factors in emergency evacuation of double deck aircraft.

Selected Research Consultancies

  • Bundesanstalt für Arbeit, Nürnberg (Federal Agency for Labour)
  • Bundesministerium für Post und Verkehr, Bonn (Dept. for Mail and Traffic, Federal Government)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (KFA), Jülich (Research Centre Jülich)
  • Schweizer Nationalfonds (NSF), Bern (Swiss National Science Foundation)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bonn (German Research Society)
  • Israel Science Foundation
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington, D.C.

Research and Teaching Invitations

  • Central Staff Training and Research Institute, Howrah/Calcutta
  • Department of Psychology, Univ. of Washington, Seattle / WA
  • Decision Research, Eugene / OR
  • Institute for Systems and Safety Management, USC, Los Angeles / CA
  • Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris
  • Centre de Recherche en Psychologie Cognitive, Aix-en-Provence
  • Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • Free University of Amsterdam
  • School of Behavioral Science, University of Melbourne, Melbourne / Australia
  • Dept. of Quantitative Economics, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), guest professor

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the Special Research Unit 24 of the German Research Society "Social and Economical Psychological Decision Research", at the University of Mannheim (1980-1983).
  • Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the research project "The social compatability of energy supply systems", at the Research Center Jülich (1982-1984).
  • Member of the Committee "Energy and the Public" of the 13th World Energy Conference.
  • Member of the ERASMUS network of the European Community on "Applied Decision Making" (1990-1996)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the "1995 Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis (Europe)", in Stuttgart.
  • Member of the Zentrum für Mensch-Maschine Systeme (Center for Man-Machine Systems) at the Technical University of Berlin.
  • Chairman of the Department of Psychology, Technical University of Berlin (1982-1983)
  • Deputy Dean of the School for Planning and Social Science, Technical University of Berlin (1991-1993)
  • Member of the Kommission für Forschung und Wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK) at the Technical University Berlin (1995-1999)
  • President of the European Association for Decision Making (EADM). 1995-1997.
  • Member of the Technical Programme Committee for the ESREL 2000, SARS and SRA-Europe International Conference on "Foresight and Precaution", Edinburgh, May 2000.
  • Chairman of the Department of Psychology and Ergonomics, Technical University of Berlin (2002-2007)
  • Member of the Committee for Live Organ Transplantation, Berlin/Brandenburg (1999-2010)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, 2008

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