Michael Geers

LIFE Berlin

LIFE Fellow since 2020, MPI for Human Development, Berlin

Berlin Fellow Speaker

I am a doctoral student in Psychology at the Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC), Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in Berlin, under the supervision of Ralph Hertwig and Stefan Herzog. My research interests are in the psychology of human judgment and decision making broadly defined. Currently, my work applies behavioral science insights and methods to understand important digital challenges and to develop interventions to mitigate them. Specifically, I study how to reduce the impact of misinformation and how to increase resilience to microtargeting. Prior to joining ARC, I earned a Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. I also completed an MSc in Marketing (Trinity College Dublin) and a BA in Business (Provadis School of International Management and Technology).

Dissertation project:

Understanding and boosting resilience to online misinformation and microtargeting


Lorenz-Spreen, P., Geers, M., Pachur, T., Hertwig, R., Lewandowsky, S., & Herzog, S. M. (2021). Boosting people’s ability to detect microtargeted advertising. Scientific Reports, 11(1), Article 15541. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-94796-z

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