Michael Geers

Michael Geers

PhD student in Psychology

Max Planck Institute for Human Development

I am a fourth-year PhD student in Psychology at the Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. As part of the Reclaiming Individual Autonomy and Democratic Discourse Online (RAO) project (funded by a Volkswagen Foundation grant), my research seeks to make the Internet a better place. During my doctoral studies, I also spent some time as a visiting PhD student at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

Prior to joining ARC, I earned a Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. I also completed an MSc in Marketing with distinction (Trinity College Dublin) and a BA in Business Administration (Provadis School of International Management and Technology).

Publications and working papers (updated May 2023):

Kozyreva, A., Lorenz-Spreen, P., Herzog, S.M., Ecker, U.K. H., Lewandowsky, S., Hertwig, R., Basol M., Berinsky, A.J., Betsch, C., Cook, J., Fazio, L.K., Geers, M., Guess, A. M., Maertens, R., Panizza, F., Pennycook, G., Rand, D., Rathje, S., Reifler, J., Roozenbeek, J., Schmid, P., Smith, M., Swire- Thomson, B., Szewach, P., van der Linden, S., & Wineburg, S. Toolbox of interventions against online misinformation and manipulation. Under review at Nature Human Behaviour.

Geers, M. Linking lab and field research. Invited submission for Nature Reviews Psychology.

Sultan, M., Tump, A. N., Geers, M., Lorenz-Spreen, P., Herzog, S., & Kurvers, R. (2022). Time pressure reduces misinformation discrimination ability but does not alter response bias. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1-12.

Roozenbeek, J., Maertens, R., Herzog, S.M., Geers, M., Kurvers, R.H.J.M., Sultan, M., & van der Linden, S. (2022). Susceptibility to misinformation is consistent across question framings and response modes and better explained by myside bias and partisanship than analytical thinking. Judgment and Decision Making, 17(3), 547–573.

Lorenz-Spreen, P., Geers, M., Pachur, T., Hertwig, R., Lewandowsky, S., & Herzog, S.M. (2021). Boosting people’s ability to detect microtargeted advertising. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-9.