Helen Fischer

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Adaptive Rationality (ARC), Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany.

Prior to joining ARC, I was a postdoctoral researchers at the Complex Adaptive Systems and Resilience Thinking stream, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.

I hold a PhD in cognitive Psychology from Heidelberg University, Germany.

Research overview

My research lies in environmental cognition. I use methods from cognitive psychology to investigate human understanding of complex topics and non-linear developments, primarily in the area of climate change.

My current research focuses on the relationship between metacognition and belief formation, particularly for polarized science such as climate change.

I also investigate how scientific information is communicated to decision-makers, especially through visuals in the IPCC reports.

Fellowships & awards

2019 Admission and travel stipend, Summer Institute Bounded Rationality in the Digital World, Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB), Berlin

2018 Research Fellowship for one-year postdoctoral visit at Stockholm Resilience Centre, DFG

2018 Travel stipend, University of Missouri and National Science Foundation for International Workshop and Symposium on Probabilistic Specification and Quantitative Testing of Decision Theories

2018 Travel stipend, Risk and Uncertainty Conference, University of Amsterdam, Heidelberg Centre for the Environment (HCE)

2018 Fellowship, Zukunfstkolleg at Heidelberg Centre for the Environment

2016 Stipend to conduct research at 22nd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakesh, HCE