Tim Pleskac

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Ph.D., 2004, University of Maryland, College Park.  M.S., University of Maryland, College Park.  B.S., University of Iowa
Research Areas: I study how people make judgments and decisions; how these processes shape behavior at the individual, group, and organizational level; and how we can help people make better judgments and decisions. I investigate these questions with computational modeling and methods from the behavioral, cognitive, and neuro- sciences.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications
Pleskac, T.J., Conradt, L., Leuker, C., & Hertwig, R. (in press).  The ecology of competition: A theory of risk-reward environments in adaptive decision making.  Psychological Review.   https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000261

Hertwig, R., Pleskac, T. J., Pachur, T, & the Center for Adaptive Rationality (2019).  Taming Uncertainty.  MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.  https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/taming-uncertainty

Pleskac, T. J., Cesario, J., & Johnson, D.J. (2018). How race affects evidence accumulation during the decision to shoot. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-017-1369-6
Kvam, P. D., Pleskac, T. J., Yu, S., & Busemeyer, J. R. (2015). Interference effects of choice on confidence: Quantum characteristics of evidence accumulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 10645–10650. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1500688112
Yu, S., Pleskac, T. J., & Zeigenfuse, M. (2015). Dynamics of postde- cisional processing of confidence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 489–510. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000062
Pleskac, T. J., & Hertwig, R. (2014). Ecologically rational choice and the structure of the environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 2000–2019.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000013
Pleskac, T. J., & Wershbale, A. (2014). Making assessments while taking repeated risks: A pattern of multiple response pathways. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 142–162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0031106
Pleskac, T. J. (2012). Comparability effects in probability judgments. Psychological Science, 23(8), 848–854. http://dx.doi. org/10.1177/0956797612439423
Pleskac, T.J., & Busemeyer, J. (2010). Two-stage dynamic signal detection: A theory of choice, decision time, and confidence. Psychological Review, 117, 864–901. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ a0019737
Pleskac, T. J. (2008). Decision making and learning while taking sequential risks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 34, 167–185. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0278-7393.34.1.167
Pleskac, T. J. (2007). A signal detection analysis of the recognition heuristic. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 379– 391. http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/BF03194081
Wallsten, T. S., Pleskac, T. J., & Lejuez, C. W., (2005). Modeling behavior in a clinically diagnostic sequential risk-taking task. Psychological Review, 12, 862–880. http://dx.doi. org/10.1037/0033-295X.112.4.862