Dr. Renato Frey


+41 (0)61 207 06 15


Department of Psychology, University of Basel
Missionsstrasse 64A, CH-4055 Basel
Office 01.011 (Mis64a)



I'm a researcher at the Center for Cognitive and Decision Sciences (University of Basel) and an adjunct researcher at the Center for Adaptive Rationality (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin).

My research interests are the following:

  • Decision making under risk & uncertainty
  • Decision making across the life span
  • Decisions from experience
  • Medical decision making
  • Computational models of cognition
  • Reinforcement- & machine learning

For teaching-related materials and the most up-to-date information, please also visit my personal website: http://renatofrey.net


Selected Publications

Frey, R., Hertwig, R., & Herzog, S. M. (2014). Surrogate decision making: Do we have to trade off accuracy and procedural satisfaction? Medical Decision Making, 34, 258-269. doi:10.1177/0272989X12471729

Frey, R., Hertwig, R., & Rieskamp, J. (2014). Fear shapes information acquisition in decisions from experience. Cognition, 132, 90-99. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2014.03.009 

Frey, R., Mata, R., & Hertwig, R. (2015). The role of cognitive abilities in decisions from experience: Age differences emerge as a function of choice set size. Cognition, 142, 60-80. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.004

Frey, R., Rieskamp, J., & Hertwig, R. (2015). Sell in May and go away? Learning and risk taking in nonmonotonic decision problems. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41, 193-208. doi:10.1037/a0038118

Hertwig, R., & Frey, R. (2017). How representations of knowledge shape our actions. In P.Meusburger, B. Werlen, & L. Suarsana (Eds.), Knowledge and space: Knowledge and action (Vol. 9, pp. 127-143). Dordrecht: Springer.

Hertwig, R., & Frey, R. (2015). The challenge of the description-experience gap to the communication of risks. In H. Cho, T.O. Reimer, & K. A. McComas (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of risk communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lejarraga, T., Pachur, T., Frey, R., & Hertwig, R. (2015). Decisions from experience: From monetary to medical gambles. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. doi:10.1002/bdm.1877