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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Florian Kutzner

Raum: F116
Tel: +49 (0) 6221-54-7364
Fax: +49 (0) 6221-54-7745
Sprechstunde: n. V.

Research Interest
  •     Behavior change & sustainability
  •     Cognitive modelling of economic and social decisions
  •     Sampling theories

Publications (selected)
  • Kuhn, S., Ihmels, M., & Kutzner, F. (2020). Organic defaults in online-shopping: Immediate effects but no spillover to similar choices. Journal of Consumer Behaviour.

  • Kutzner, F., Kacperski, C., Sellner, D., & Wänke M. (in Vorb.). How far can we get with “eco”- tech?

  • Kutzner, F., deMolière, L., & Kuhn, S. (unter Begutachtung). The 1/N Heuristic in Food Choice. Journal of Consumer Behavior.

  • Kacperski, C. & Kutzner, F. (2020) Financial and symbolic incentives promote ‘green’ charging choices. Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behavior

  • Fiedler, K., Koch, A., Krueger, T., & Kutzner, F. (2020) Dyadic Judgments Based on Conflicting Samples:The failure to Ignore Invalid Input. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

  • Herberz, M., Kacperski, C., & Kutzner, F. (2019). Reducing the time loss bias: Two ways to improved driving safety and energy efficiency. Accident Analysis and Prevention.

  • Figueroa, A., de Molière, L., Pegels, A., Never, B., & Kutzner, F. (2019). Show me (more than) the money! Assessing the social and psychological dimensions to energy efficient lighting in Kenya. Energy Research & Social Science, 47, 224-232.

  • Fiedler, K., Kutzner, F., Hütter, M., & Schott, M. (2019). Metacognitive Myopia and the Over-Utilization of Misleading Advice. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

  • Fiedler, K., Kutzner, F. (2018) Information sampling and reasoning biases: Implications for research in judgment and decision making . In Blackwell handbook of judgment and decision making: An interdisciplinary perspective. Blackwell.

  • Kacperski, C., & Kutzner, F. L. (2018). Adherence to tactical choices mediates regulatory fit effects in table tennis. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 16(3), 276-284.

  • Eider, M., Berl, A., Sellner, D., Basmadjian, R., de Meer, H., Schulze, T., Klingert, S., Kutzner, F., Kacperski, C. & Stolba, M. (2017). Seamless Electromobility. In Proceedings of e-Energy, Hong Kong, China.
  • Vogel, T. & Kutzner, F. (2017). Pseudocontingencies in consumer choice: Preference for frequent over rare categories decreases with aggregate set quality. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.
  • Kutzner, F. & Fiedler, K. (2016) Stereotypes as pseudocontingencies. European Review of Social Psychology.
  • Kutzner, F., Read, D., Stewart, N., & Brown, G. (2016). Choosing the Devil you don’t know: Sensitivity to the value of sample-size based uncertainty only when observed performance is equal. Management Science.
  • Vetter, M., & Kutzner, F. (2016) Nudge me if you can - How defaults and attitude strength interact to change behavior. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology.
  • Kutzner, F., & Fielder, K. (2015) No Correlation, No Evidence for Attention Shifts in Category Learning: Different Mechanisms behind Illusory Correlations and the Inverse Base-Rate Effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(1).
  • Huetter, M., Kutzner, F., & Fiedler, K. (2014). What is learned from repeated pairings? On the scope and generalizability of evaluative conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. doi:10.1037/a0033409
  • Fiedler, K., Kutzner, F., & Vogel, T. (2013). Pseudocontingencies - logically unwarranted but smart inferences. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1-6. doi:10.1177/0963721413480171
  • ...(full list here)
Invited presentations (selected)
  • Kutzner, F. (2016). WISSEN WAS WIRKT: Nutzen und Machbarkeit von (quasi-) experimentellen Ansätzen bei der Wirkungsmessung von TZ-Vorhaben, Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Bonn, Deutschland.
  • Kutzner, F. (2016). Nudge, Vorlesung, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Deutschland.
  • Kutzner, F. (2016). Die Möglichkeiten von Feldexperimenten in der Evaluation von Entwicklungszusammenarbeit am Beispiel von Nudging, Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Bonn, Deutschland.
  • Kutzner, F. (2015). Verhaltensökonomie und Armut – Wann entscheiden sich Menschen für technologische Innovationen? Das Beispiel Kochenergie, Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Bonn, Deutschland.
  • Kutzner, F. (2014). Applying behavioural insights to promote sustainable tourism. Eingeladener Vortrag, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Jakarta, Indonesien.
  • Kutzner, F., & de Molière, L. (2013). Applying behavioural insights to change energy consumption. Honorarvortrag am Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Deutschland.
Conference Contributions (selected)
  • Kutzner, F., & Fiedler, K. (2017). Choosing the devil you don’t know: Evidence for limited sensitivity to sample size-based uncertainty. Talk presented at the 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP), Granada, Spain.
  • Kutzner, F. & Ihmels, M. (2017) Felt jitter – A model for correlation judgments with continuous variables. Talk presented at the 59th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TEAP), Dresden, Deutschland.
  • Kutzner, F. & Fiedler, K. (2016) No Correlation, No Attention Shift: Different Mechanism behind Illusory Correlations and the Inverse Base-Rate Effect. Talk presented at the 50th Tagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPS), Leipzig, Deutschland.
  • Kutzner, F., & Fiedler, K. (2014). The judgment is in the sample - towards a grounded social psychology. Symposium organized at the 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP), Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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  • 2020-2023      RENergetic - Urban Islands: Based on Communities and Renewable Energy
  • 2020-2023      DECIDE - Developing Energy Communities through Informative anD collEctive actions (Horizon2020)

  • 2019                Wirkung hochaufgelöster Treibhausgas-informationen auf politische und individuelle Entscheidungen (Heidelberg Center                         for the Environment im Rahmen der
  • 2019-2022      PAsCAL -  Enhance driver behaviour and Public Acceptance of Connected and Autonomous vehicLes                                             (, Work-package leader, Horizon2020)

  • 2016-2019      ELECTRIFIC – Enabling seamless electromobility through smart vehicle-grid integration (, Horizon2020)

  • 2015-2019      Fighting over-indebtedness – self-regulation and choice architecture (Portuguese Science Foundation)

  • 2015-2017      Defaults und soziale Normen: Zur Beständigkeit von „Nudging“ – Interventionen bei der Förderung nachhaltigen Verhaltens                           (Universität Heidelberg)

  • 2013-2016      How contextual framing changes processing¬ (DFG)

  • 2012-2013      Influence of Rarity on Contingency Judgments (DFG)

  • Lecture "Adaptive cognition" (M.Sc.)
  • Lecture "Einführung in die Sozialpsychologie" (B.Sc.)
  • Seminar "Consumer psychology" (M.Sc. & B.Sc.) 
  • Seminar "Models of Decision Making: Promoting Sustainable Behavior" (M.Sc.)
  • Seminar "Intergroup psychology" (B.Sc.)
  • Seminar "Empirical projects"
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Academic career

  • 2013-present: Akademischer Rat (assistant professor) CRISP, Psychologisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2012-2013: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Warwick Business School, UK (head Nick Chater, supported by DFG)
  • 2009-2012: Akademischer Rat (assistant professor) CRISP, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2006-2009: PhD student at CRISP, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2003-2006: MSc psychology, at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 1999-2002: BA psychology, Universität Heidelberg