Jonathan Fugelsang


Jonathan Fugelsang.BA (Lakehead), MA, PhD (Saskatchewan)

Recipient, 2015 Excellence in Arts Teaching Award

Contact information

Laboratory for Research in Reasoning and Decision Making website

Electroencephalogram EEG/ Event Related Potential Lab (ERP) website

Problem Gambling Research Lab website

Research interests

My research spans several topics in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, though my primary focus is in higher level cognition. Recently, my labs research has predominantly focused on the interplay between intuitive and analytic processes supporting complex Reasoning and Decision Making. These decisions may involve analogical, deductive, or probabilistic information. Our lab has also extended our lines of inquiry to look at the role of intuitive and analytic processes in real world domains, such as creativity, moral judgments, religious beliefs, and technology use.

Selected publications

  • Littrell, S., Fugelsang, J., & Risko, E. (in press). Overconfidently underthinking: Narcissism and impulsiveness negatively predict cognitive reflection. Thinking & Reasoning.
  • Maloney, E., Barr, N., Risko, E., & Fugelsang, J. (in press). Verbal working memory load dissociates common indices of the numerical distance effect: Implications for the study of numerical cognition. Journal of Numerical Cognition.
  • Walker, A., Turpin, M., Stolz, J., Fugelsang, J., & Koehler, D. (2019). Finding meaning in the clouds: Illusory pattern perception predicts receptivity to pseudo-profound bullshit. Judgment and Decision Making, 14, 109-119.
  • Białek, M., Fugelsang, J., & Friedman, O. (2018). Choosing victims: Human fungibility in moral decision-making. Judgment and Decision Making, 13, 451-457.
  • Martin, N., Hughes, J., & Fugelsang, J. (2017). The role of experience, gender, and individual differences in statistical reasoning. Statistical Education Research Journal, 16, 454-475.
  • Pennycook, G., Ross, R., Koehler, D., & Fugelsang, J. (2017). Dunning-Kruger effects in reasoning: Theoretical implications of the failure to recognize incompetence. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24, 1774-1784.
  • Barr, N., Pennycook, G., Stolz, J., & Fugelsang, J. (2015). The brain in your pocket: Evidence that smartphones are used to supplant thinking. Computers in Human Behaviour, 48, 473-480.
  • Pennycook, G., Cheyne, J., Barr, N., Koehler, D., & Fugelsang, J. (2015). On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit. Judgment and Decision Making, 10, 549-563.
University of Waterloo

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