Gerd Gigerenzer

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Psychologist, Author

Gerd Gigerenzer is director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He has trained U.S. Federal Judges, physicians, and top managers in decision-making and understanding risks and uncertainties. His award-winning popular books Calculated Risks: How To Know When Numbers Deceive You, and Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious have been translated into 18 languages. He won the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences and the Association of American Publishers Prize for the best book in the social and behavioral sciences. His academic books include The Empire of Chance, Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart and Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox (with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel Laureate in economics). Rationality for Mortals, his most recent book, investigates decisions under limited time and information.

Gigerenzer is also the director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy, Berlin, Batten Fellow at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia, and Fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Basel and the Open University of the Netherlands. Gigerenzer was formerly professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law at the University of Virginia.