Michael Schulte-Mecklenbeck

Michael Schulte-Mecklenbeck

Associate Professor

University of Bern

Max Planck Institute for Human Development


I study how people make decisions, what (cognitive) processes underly those decisions and how we can measure all of that. Within these lines of research I developed my own tools to study decision processes ( WebDiP, Flashlight, The pyeTribe) and answer questions like: ‘What information do people use when making food choices?’ or ‘How do search processes in simple gamble decisions unfold?’

All this is done at the the University of Bern (Consumer Behavior), Switzerland and the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development (Adaptive Rationality) in Berlin. I held positions at various other academic institutions and in the food industry (look at your breakfast table – the company I worked for is very likely present).

Furthermore I am interested in open science, replication and open methods.


  • Decision Making
  • Process Tracing
  • Eye-Tracking
  • Mouse-Tracking
  • Open Science
  • Replication
  • Framing


  • Habilitation in Business Administration, 2017

    University of Bern, Switzerland

  • PhD in Cognitive Science, 2005

    University of Fribourg, Switzerland

  • Teacher in Higher Education, 2005

    University of Bern, Switzerland

  • MA in Psychology, 1998

    University of Salzburg, Austria

Professional Experience


Associate Professor

University of Bern, Switzerland

2020 – Present Bern, Switzerland

Senior Lecturer

University of Bern, Switzerland

2017 – 2020 Bern, Switzerland

Adjunct Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Adaptive Rationality

2015 – Present Berlin, Germany


University of Bern, Switzerland

2015 – 2017 Bern, Switzerland

Post-doctoral Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Adaptive Rationality

2012 – 2015 Berlin, Germany

Visiting Research Scientist

ETH Zürich

2010 – 2015 Zürich, Switzerland, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences

Research Scientist

Nestlé Research Center (NRC), Consumer Behavior

2009 – 2011 Epalinges, Switzerland

Post-doctoral Fellow

University of Bergen, Department of Psychology

2006 – 2009 Bergen, Norway

Post-doctoral Fellow

Columbia Business School, Marketing

2005 – 2006 New York City, USA

Pre-doctoral Fellow

University of Fribourg, Department of Psychology

2000 – 2005 Fribourg, Switzerland

Teaching Assistent

University of Salzburg, Department of Psychology

1998 – 2000 Salzburg, Austria

Technical Assistent

University of Salzburg, Department of Psychology

1996 – 2000 Salzburg, Austria

Network Manager

University of Salzburg, Central Computer Services

1995 – 1996 Salzburg, Austria

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