Departmental Colloquia Series: Professor Andreas Glöckner

The Department of Psychology invites to a lecture by:

Professor Andreas Glöckner, Social Cognition Center, Cologne

on Monday 30th March 2020, 15:15 – 16:45.

The title of the lecture is "Coherence-Based Decision Making: From Heuristics to Interactive Activation".

The lecture takes place at the Library, Faculty of Social Sciences, Audit 1, Gothersgade 140, 1353 Copenhagen K.

After the lecture the Department invites to a reception at Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 2nd floor, room 03-2-M202, 1353 Copenhagen K.

Faculty, students and others with interest are welcome. 


Cognitive models of decision-making typically aim at explaining and predicting choice outcomes as well as the underlying processes. Various classes of process models have been suggested. In early research in the field of judgment and decision-making, there has been a strong focus on (e.g., fast-and-frugal) heuristics, which mainly disappeared from the recent discourse. Evidence accumulation and attention drift diffusion models have become increasingly popular. Also interactive activation models that implement processes of coherence-based decision-making have attracted increasing attention. I present results from various studies that use choices, response times, confidence, arousal, visual attention and (active) information search to test core assumptions of these models. The results show that processes of sense making and construction of coherent interpretations are central to decision making. I conclude that current models of decision making have to take into account interactive activation mechanisms that underlie coherence construction processes.