About us

Who we are and what we do

About us
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Who we are

This website is currently maintained by the research area Boosting Decision Making at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Let us know how we can improve this website by giving us feedback. Thank you very much!

To get in touch, contact Stefan Herzog.

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What we do

How can people learn to recognise fake news? How can children learn to choose a carrot over a cookie?

We draw on knowledge from the behavioral and computational sciences to investigate and promote boosting as a way to improve human judgment and decision making.

We study how probabilistic weather forecasts can best be communicated to emergency managers and the general public, how eating environments can be designed to promote healthy eating habits in children, how the wisdom of crowds can be harnessed to improve medical diagnoses and individual judgments, and how people can be taught to detect and shield themselves from being manipulated by artificial intelligence on social media.