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Derek J. Koehler


Derek J. Koehler.BS (Wisconsin), PhD (Stanford)

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Recipient, Premier's Research Excellence Award

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Fellow, American Psychological Association

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Research interests

My research investigates the intuitive assessment of uncertainty involved in everyday planning, prediction, and decision making. This research includes the study of how people evaluate evidence when estimating the probability of an uncertain event, how generating scenarios or explanations influences the perceived likelihood of future events, and how current intentions influence self-predictions of future behavior. In the course of this research, my collaborators and I have asked basketball fans to predict the outcomes of upcoming NBA games, physicians to judge the probability that a patient is suffering from a particular illness, homeowners to predict when they will complete a household project, and students to estimate the probability that they will donate blood at an upcoming donation clinic. Some of my recent research is located at the intersection of psychology and economics, in a field sometimes called behavioral economics.

Recent publications

(Complete list of downloadable articles)

  • Koehler, D. J., Langstaff, J., & Liu, W. (2015). A simulated financial savings task for studying consumption and retirement decision making. Journal of Economic Psychology, 46, 89-97.
  • Pennycook, G., Cheyne, J. A., Barr, N., Koehler, D. J., & Fugelsang, J. A. (2014). The role of analytic thinking in moral judgements and values. Thinking & Reasoning, 20, 188-214.
  • Poon, C. S. K., Koehler, D. J., & Buehler, R. (2014). On the psychology of self-prediction: Consideration of situational barriers to intended actions. Judgment and Decision Making, 9, 207-225.
  • Newell, B.R., Koehler, D.J., James, G., Rakow, T., & van Ravenzwaaij, D. (2013). Probability matching in risky choice: The interplay of feedback and strategy availability. Memory & Cognition, 41, 329-338.

Edited book

​Derek Koehler's curriculum vitae (PDF)


Ideas 42
uWaterloo Centre for Behavioural Decision Research
Road to Failure is Paved with Good Intentions
New Techniques for Saving More
Are We Wrong to be Over-Optimistic?
Why Don't We Save More? (podcast interview)
Writing Wrongs

University of Waterloo


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