Hertwig, R., Pleskac, T. J., Pachur, T, & the Center for Adaptive Rationality (2019). Taming Uncertainty. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.

Under Review

Pleskac, T. J., Conradt, L., Lueker, C., & Hertwig, R. (invited for resubmission) The ecology of competition: A theory of risk-reward environments in adaptive decision making. Invited for resubmission at Psychological Review

Leuker, C.*, Samartzidis, L., Hertwig, R., & Pleskac, T. J.† (under review). When money talks: Judging risk and coercion in high-paying clinical trials.

Johnson, D., J., Pleskac, T. J.,  Terrill, W., Gagnon, G. & Cesario,  J. Modeling Police Officers’ Deadly Force Decisions in an Immersive Shooting Simulator

Litvinova, A., Herzog, S. M., Krall, A. A., Pleskac, T. J., & Hertwig, R.  (submitted) Boosting the accuracy of confidence judgments using the wisdom of the inner crowd: Ecological and empirical analyses.

Zdziarska, P.*, Yu, S.*, & Pleskac, T. J. (under revision) Mapping the time course of confidence judgments during facial recognition decisions. 

Albrecht, R., Hoffman, J. A., Pleskac, T. J., Rieskamp, J., & von Helversen, B., (resubmitted). Unstacking Judgments: What Response Distributions Reveal About the Cognitive Process in Multiple-Cue Judgments. 

In Press

Leuker, C.*, Pachur, T., Hertwig, R., & Pleskac, T. J.† (in press) Do People Exploit Risk–Reward Structures To Simplify Information Processing in Risky Choice? Journal of the Economic Science Association http:// 10.31234/

Dai, J.*, Pachur, T., Pleskac, T. J., & Hertwig, R. (in press). What the future holds and when: A description-experience gap in intertemporal choice. Psychological Science.

Leuker, C.*, Pachur, T., Hertwig, R., & Pleskac, T. J. (in press). Too good to be true? Psychological responses to surprising options in risk–reward environments. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.


Bhatia, S., & Pleskac, T. J. (2019). Preference accumulation as a process model of desirable ratings. Cognitive Psychology, 109, 47-67.

Pleskac, T. J., Yu, S.*, Hopwood, C., & Liu, T. (2019). Mechanisms of deliberation during preferential choice: Perspectives from computational modeling and individual differences. Decision, 6, 77-107.

Schürman, O.*, Frey, R., & Pleskac, T. J.† (2019) Mapping risk perceptions in dynamic risk-taking environments Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 32, 94-105


Johnson, D. J.*, Cesario, J., & Pleskac, T. J. (2018). How Prior Information and Police Experience Impacts Decisions to Shoot. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 115(4), 601-623.

Hertwig, R., & Pleskac. T. J. 2018). The construct-behavior gap and the description-experience gap: Comment on Regenwetter & Robinson (2017). Psychological Review, 125(5), 844-849.

Dai, J.*, Pleskac, T. J., & Pachur T. (2018) Dynamic cognitive models of intertemporal choice.  Cognitive Psychology, 104, 29-56.

Leuker, C.*, Pachur, T., Hertwig, R., & Pleskac, T. J.† (2018). Exploiting risk-reward structures in decision making under uncertainty. Cognition, 175, 186-200.

Pleskac, T. J., Cesario, J., & Johnson, D.J.* (2018). How race affects evidence accumulation during the decision to shoot. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.


Leuker, C.*, Pleskac, T. J., Pachur, T., & Hertwig, R. (2017). How the mind exploits risk-reward structures in decisions under risk. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Dai, J.*, Pleskac, T. J., & Pachur, T., (2017). A dynamic tradeoff model of intertemporal choice. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Kvam, P. D.*, & Pleskac, T. J. (2017). A quantum information architecture for cue-based heuristics. Decision, 4, 197–233.

Johnson, D.*, Hopwood, C., Cesario, J., & Pleskac, T. J. (2017). Advancing research on cognitive processes in social and personality psychology: A drift diffusion model primer. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 413–423.


Kvam, P. D.*, & Pleskac, T. J. (2016). Strength and weight: The determinants of choice and confidence. Cognition,152, 170–180.

Uitvlugt, M. G., Pleskac, T. J., & Ravizza, S. M. † (2016). The nature of working memory gating in Parkinson’s Disease: A multi-domain signal detection examination. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience,16, 289–301.


Pleskac, T. J., (2015). Learning models in decision making. In G. Keren & G. Wu (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Judgment & Decision Making (pp.629–657). Chichester, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

Pleskac, T. J., Diederich, A., & Wallsten, T. S. (2015). Models of decision making under risk and uncertainty. In J. R. Busemeyer, J. T. Townsend, Z. J. Wang, & A. Eidels (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Computational and Mathematical Psychology (pp. 209–231). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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.

Yu, S.*, Pleskac, T. J., & Zeigenfuse, M.* (2015). Dynamics of postdecisional processing of confidence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 489–510.


Pleskac, T. J., & Hertwig, R. (2014). Ecologically rational choice and the structure of the environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 2000–2019.

Zeigenfuse, M.*, Pleskac, T. J., & Liu, T. (2014). Rapid decisions from experience. Cognition,131, 181–194.

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.

Order of authorship is in terms of contribution. I typically give students priority in authorship order.
* graduate student or post doc
† alternative ordering with last author being senior author