Sebastian Horn, Ph.D.

Senior teaching and research associate



S. Horn


Sebastian Horn, Ph.D.
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Binzmuehlestrasse 14/11
8050 Zurich / Switzerland



+41 44 635 7202
BIN 3.A.22

Research Interests

  • Memory-based decision making from a developmental lifespan perspective
  • Prospective and episodic memory
  • Motivational reorientation in value-based decisions across the lifespan
  • Uncertainty in different decision domains: preferential, perceptual-motor, and memory-based
  • Cognitive measurement modeling

Brief Research Statement

I have a background in experimental cognitive psychology. My research focuses on the development and interplay between memory and decision making across the lifespan: How do people of different ages exploit memory when they decide on the value of outcomes or when they compare objects? I am also interested in the role of motivation in such decisions: How do age-related changes in goal setting and motivational orientation influence people’s attitude to gains and losses?

Selected Publications

  • Horn, S., Ruggeri, A., & Pachur, T. (2016). The development of adaptive decision making: Recognition-based inference in children and adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 52, 1470–1485.
  • Horn, S., Pachur, T., & Mata, R. (2015). How does aging affect recognition-based inference? A hierarchical Bayesian modeling approach. Acta Psychologica, 154, 77–85.
  • Horn, S., Bayen, U. J., & Smith, R. E. (2013). Adult age differences in interference from a prospective-memory task: a diffusion model analysis. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 1266–1273.
  • Schnitzspahn, K. M., Horn, S., Bayen, U. J., & Kliegel, M. (2012). Age effects in emotional prospective memory: Cue valence differentially affects the prospective and retrospective component. Psychology & Aging, 27, 498–509.

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, Awards

2012–2015: Postdoctoral scholarship, Max Planck Society

2005–2007: Graduate scholarship, German National Academic Foundation