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Dr. Mikhail Spektor

Mikhail Spektor

University of Freiburg                         
Department of Psychology 
Engelbergerstrasse 41
79085 Freiburg
Research group: Social Psychology and Methodology

E-Mail: mikhail.spektor@psychologie.uni-freiburg.de
Phone: +49 (0)761 203 24 76



I will be joining the Universitat Pompeu Fabra as an assistant professor in September 2019.

Curriculum vitæ

You can find my full curriculum vitæ here (updated: March 28, 2019).


  • PhD, University of Basel (2014–2018)

  • MSc, University of Heidelberg (2012–2014)

  • BSc, University of Heidelberg (2009–2012)

Research interests

  • Decisions under risk and uncertainty

  • Learning and decision making

  • Context-dependent preferences

  • Cognitive modeling

Thesis supervision

I currently do not offer supervision of additional theses.


I am currently teaching a course on data acquisition, analysis, and modeling (click here for more details).

Publications (* = equal contribution)

Fontanesi, L., Gluth, S., Spektor, M. S., & Rieskamp, J. (2019). A reinforcement learning diffusion decision model for value-based decisions. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-018-1554-2

Spektor, M. S., Gluth, S., Fontanesi, L., & Rieskamp, J. (2019). How similarity between choice options affects decisions from experience: The accentuation of differences model. Psychological Review, 126, 52–88. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000122

Gluth, S.*, Spektor, M. S.*, & Rieskamp, J. (2018). Value-based attentional capture affects multi-alternative decision making. eLife, 7, 1–36. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.39659

Spektor, M. S., & Kellen, D. (2018). The relative merit of empirical priors in non-identifiable and sloppy models: Applications to models of learning and decision-making. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25, 2047–2068. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-018-1446-5. Full text: http://rdcu.be/J18i

Spektor, M. S., Kellen, D., & Hotaling, J. M. (2018). When the good looks bad: An experimental exploration of the repulsion effect. Psychological Science, 29, 1309–1320. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618779041


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