Dr. Hanna Fechner

Post-doc, Fachrichtung Allgemeine Psychologie (Kognition)



Dr. Hanna B. Fechner
Universität Zürich
Psychologisches Institut
Allgemeine Psychologie (Kognition)
Binzmühlestrasse 14/22
CH-8050 Zürich
+41 44 63 57454
+41 44 63 57479
BIN 4.B.03
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As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the General Psychology (Cognition) Unit (Group of Prof. Klaus Oberauer) and the University Research Priority Program "Dynamics of Healthy Aging" of the UZH, I investigate how the interplay of cognitive capacities and strategic behavior enables humans to make decisions and to accomplish their goals in an uncertain world. My current focus is on memory and decision making and their development across the adult lifespan. To understand behavioral and neuroimaging data, I create cognitive process models embedded in the ACT-R cognitive architecture as well as more abstract computational models. Applying a multi-disciplinary approach, I work together with researchers from cognitive and developmental psychology, decision science, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence.


Research interests

  • Memory and decision making
  • Computational models of cognition
  • Connections of computational models to neuroimaging data
  • Age-associated differences, lifespan development, and plasticity


  • Fechner, H. B., Pachur, T., & Schooler, L. J. (invited for revision). How does aging impact decision making? The contribution of cognitive decline and strategic compensation revealed in a cognitive architecture.
  • Fechner, H. B., Schooler, L. J., & Pachur, T. (2018). Cognitive costs of decision-making strategies: A resource demand decomposition analysis with a cognitive architecture. Cognition, 170, 102-122. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2017.09.003
  • Fechner, H. B., Pachur, T., Schooler, L. J., Mehlhorn, K., Battal, C., Volz, K. G., & Borst, J. P. (2016). Strategies for memory-based decision making: Modeling behavioral and neural signatures within a cognitive architecture. Cognition, 157, 77–99. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.08.011


Former positions

  • Visiting researcher, Department of Psychology (Group of Prof. John R. Anderson), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Predoctoral researcher, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (Supervisor: Prof. Lael J. Schooler), Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, and International Max Planck Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) Research School
  • Visiting student, Department of Psychology (Group of Prof. Hartmut Leuthold), University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Research assistant, Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
  • Research assistant, Cognitive Developmental Psychology (Group of Prof. Florian Schmiedek), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Academic education

  • Dr. rer. nat. in Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Diplom in Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Diplom in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts, Universität der Künste Berlin


  • Prof. Lael J. Schooler, Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, NY, USA
  • Dr. Thorsten Pachur habil., Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Florian Schmiedek, German Institute for International Educational Research, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
  • Prof. Joachim Vandekerckhove, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA
  • Dr. Jelmer P. Borst and Dr. Katja Mehlhorn, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Kirsten G. Volz and Ceren Battal, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Germany