is a behavioral scientist who joined the iFQ in August 2015 to investigate how junior researchers make career-related decisions. This question is not only relevant from a scientific standpoint, but it can also help institutions and educational authorities develop new measures which may improve the career choices researchers make. Ana Sofia Morais holds two degrees in Psychology: a “Licenciatura” (equivalent to a Master's) from the University of Lisbon (2004) and a Ph.D. from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2010).
Before joining the iFQ, she worked for eight years at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (led by Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, where she investigated how people make decisions, using experiments and computer simulations. Most of her work focused on building and analyzing psychologically plausible decision strategies, called simple heuristics. Simple heuristics allow people to make accurate decisions in real-life situations where not all relevant information is known, as it is often the case in career-related decisions (job seekers usually do not know in which professional area they will have higher chances of success, which department will have the most stimulating work environment, or which employment contract will be more likely to be extended).
Decision making under uncertainty; Bounded rationality and simple heuristics; Career-related decisions of junior researchers; Competence in risk and risk communication.