Psychology professor Clarkson will speak to students on the study of statistical thinking

Andreas Wilke, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Clarkson University, was invited to address a group of psychology students inducted into the international psychology honor society, Psi Chi, at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY on April 15.

Wilke will speak to the group about “the misperception of chance”. With the help of his undergraduate research students, Wilke studies cognitive biases such as the burning hand phenomenon – in which people often perceive sequential events as “lumpy” or “ridged” even though the observed events do not follow any particular pattern – and what evolutionary human cognitive role may explain why certain cognitive biases are so hard to find.

Wilke joined Clarkson in 2009, he was named chair of the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts & Sciences in 2018. Prior to coming to Clarkson, Wilke worked as a pre-doctoral researcher at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute. for Human Development in Berlin and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

His postdoctoral training included positions at the Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles; and at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolutionary and Cognitive Research in Altenberg, Austria. He was also a researcher and instructor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Wilke’s research interests include the evolution of human judgment and decision-making abilities, how people deal with risk and uncertainty, how humans and animals search for resources, and statistical thinking in children.

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with the mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. There are over three-quarters of a million Lifetime Members and over 1,150 Psi Chi Chapters.

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