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Department of Psychology Developmental Psychology: Adulthood

Dr. Sebastian Horn

Independent Research Group Leader



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Dr. Sebastian Horn
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Binzmuehlestrasse 14/11
CH-8050 Zurich / Switzerland

BIN 3.A.07

Research Interests

  • Cognition from a developmental lifespan perspective
  • Prospective and episodic memory
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivational orientation and value-based decisions
  • Cognitive measurement modeling

Brief Research Statement

My research focuses on the development and interplay between memory and decision making across the lifespan: How do people of different ages use their memory when they decide on the value of outcomes or when they compare objects? I am also investigating the role of motivation in preferential and economic decisions: How do age-related changes in motivational orientation influence people’s attitudes to gains and losses?

Selected Publications

  • Horn, S., & Freund, A. M. (2021). How do gain and loss incentives affect memory for intentions across adulthood? The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 76, 711–721.
  • Horn, S., Avrahami, J., Kareev, Y., & Hertwig, R. (2021). Age-related differences in strategic competition. Scientific Reports, 11, 15318.
  • Horn, S. & Freund, A. M. (2021). Adult age differences in monetary decisions with real and hypothetical reward. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.
  • Horn, S., & Bayen, U., & Michalkiewicz, M. (2021). The development of clustering in episodic memory: A Cognitive-modeling approach. Child Development, 92, 239–257.
  • Horn, S., Mata, R., & Pachur, T. (2019). Good+ Bad=? Developmental differences in balancing gains and losses in value‐based decisions from memory. Child Development, 91, 417– 438.

Academic Experience

2012–2017 Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
2012 Dr. rer. nat. [Dissertation: Cognitive Modeling of Interference from Prospective-Memory Tasks]
2008–2012 Doctoral research [Cognitive aging, experimental and mathematical psychology;
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf]
2007 Diplom Psychology [M.S., University of Freiburg, Germany]
2006–2007 Visiting scholar [The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.]

Scholarships and Awards

2012–2015 Postdoctoral scholarship, Max Planck Society
2005–2007 Graduate scholarship, German National Academic Foundation

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