Michael R. Waldmann

Cognitive and Decision Sciences
Georg-Elias-Müller-Institute of Psychology


Research Interests


  • Higher-level cognitive processes
  • Reasoning
  • Categorization
  • judgment and decision making
  • causal and moral knowledge



Education and Employment

1998 -Associate and Full Professor for Cognitive and Decision Sciences, Georg-August-University Göttingen
1995Habilitation, Psychology, University of Tübingen
1994 - 1998Senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich
1987 - 1994Research and teaching positions at the Universities of Frankfurt and Tübingen
1988 - 1990Postdoc at the Department of Psychology, UCLA
1982 - 1987Graduate Student, Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich
1981Diploma, University of Munich


Selected honours and awards

2010Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science
1996Early career research award from the German Society for Psychology ("Charlotte- und Karl-Bühler-Preis")


Selected publications

Wiegmann, A., & Waldmann, M.R. (2014).Transfer effects between moral dilemmas: A causal model theory. Cognition, 131, 28-43.

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.

Waldmann, M. R., Schmid, M., Wong, J., & Blaisdell, A. P. (2012). Rats distinguish between absence of events and lack of evidence in contingency learning. Animal Cognition, 15, 979-990.

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.