Postdoctoral researcher

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Profile summary

  • Understanding of complexity
  • Cognition and climate change
  • Environmental decision-making
  • Environmental knowledge and confidence in knowledge
  • Communication of climate science (IPCC reports)

Helen Fischer's research focuses on human understanding of complex and non-linear systems and how people's confidence in understanding complex systems affects their decisions

Fischer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she investigates how people’s confidence in their understanding of a complex system affects their decisions. Her recent and ongoing work focuses on citizens’ confidence in their knowledge of climate change. Prior to joining the SRC she was a postdoctoral researcher at Heidelberg University, Germany, where she investigated how humans extrapolate non-linear time series, and on understanding of stock-flow systems. She conducted research on the coverage of health and climate change in scientific journals as part of the 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change, and conducted research on policy-makers’ understanding of IPCC graphs during COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Fischer holds a PhD in cognitive Psychology from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her thesis “Understanding dynamic systems and non-linearity” focused on how humans understand complex and non-linear systems, and how their understanding can be improved.

Publications by Fischer, Helen

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