Dr. Franziska Bott successfully completed the SMiP program. Since September 2020 she holds a postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Mannheim.

Primary Advisor:  Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser (University of Mannheim)

Additional Supervisors: Prof. Benjamin Hilbig, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Tanja Lischetzke

Dissertation Proposal: On the Interaction Between Selective Information Sampling and the Inference of (Pseudo)Contingencies

Thesis: New Insights Into Cognitive Processes in Pseudocontingency Inference by Means of Experimental Methods and Statistical Modeling


  • Research Areas

    • Cognitive Processes of Contingency Learing
    • Judgment Learning and Decision Behavior
    • Information Sampling
  • Teaching (SMIP)

    • Workshop „Introduction to OpenSesame: Creating Experiments with an Open-Source Software“
  • Publications

    Bott, F. M. (2020). New insights into cognitive processes in pseudocontingency inference by means of experimental methods and statistical modeling (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Mannheim, Mannheim.

    Bott, F. M., Kellen, D., & Klauer, K. C. (in press). Normative accounts of illusory correlations. Psychological Review.

    Bott, F. M., & Meiser, T. (2020). Pseudocontingency inference and choice: The role of information sampling. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition,46(9), 1624–1644. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000840

    Bott, F. M., Heck, D. W., & Meiser, T. (2020). Parameter validation in hierarchical MPT models by functional dissociation with continuous covariates: An application to contingency inference. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 98https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmp.2020.102388

    Kroneisen, M., Bott, F. M., & Mayer, M. (in press). Remembering the bad ones: Does the source memory advantage for cheaters influence our later actions positively? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

  • Talks

    Bott, F., & Meiser, T. (2019). (Pseudo-)Contingency learning and choice based on information sampling. Invited talk in the colloquium series Current Research in Adaptive Cognition at the University of Heidelberg, 25th November, 2019.

    Bott, F. (2019, June). The influence of information sampling on the pseudocontingency effect. Talk given at the 34th IOPS/SMiP Summer Conference, 13–14 June 2019, Utrecht, Netherlands.

    Bott, F. & Meiser, T. (2019, April). Decision making based on pseudocontingencies – A matter of information sampling. Talk given at 61st Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP). London, UK.

    Bott, F., Fleig, H., & Meiser, T. (2017, März). The role of causal expectations in contingency learning and (biased) choice behavior. Talk given at 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP). Dresden, Germany.

  • Posters

    Bott, F. & Meiser, T. (2018, March 11–14). Contingency learning and choice-behavior based on self-directed and other-directed information sampling [Poster presentation]. 60. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Marburg, Germany.

  • Awards

    Franziska Bott was the first SMiP PhD Candidate to receive the anual SMiP Best Paper Award (2019 / 2020).