Dr. Anna Lang

Dr. Anna Lang

Habilitation candidate and researcher

Office: C23 - Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / 912

Phone: +49 361 737-2225
E-mail: anna.lang@uni-erfurt.de

Office hours: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00
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Research focus

  • Development of decision making competence across the lifespan
  • Feedback processing in decision making
  • Utilization and understanding of probabilities in children
  • Decision autonomy in children
  • Voting decisions across the lifespan

Short CV

11/2018-present Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social, Organisational and Economic Psychology (100%) & Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences, University of Erfurt, Germany
2018 Dr. phil., University of Erfurt, Germany; summa cum laude; Thesis: Children’s probabilistic judgment and decision making. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Tilmann Betsch
12/2017-10/2018 Researcher, University of Erfurt, Germany; DFG-Project “Probabilistic Decision Making in Children” (50%), Department of Social, Organisational and Economic Psychology (50%)
10/2012-11/2017 Researcher, University of Erfurt, Germany; Department of Social, Organisational and Economic Psychology (50%)
10/2009-09/2012 M.Sc., University of Erfurt, Germany; Thesis: The effect of feedback on children’s choices in decisions under risk, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Tilmann Betsch
10/2006-09/2009 B.A., University of Erfurt, Germany; Major: Communication Science, Minor: Psychology


Request Data | Data for all published studies are available upon request.

Lang, A., & Betsch, T. (2023). Children learn simple, adaptive decision strategies from probabilistic feedback. Journal of Cognition and Development. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2023.2248257

Lang, A. (2023), Voting at 16? 16–17-year-old Germans vote as correctly as adults. Political Psychology, 44(4), 857–870. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12892

Aßmann, L., Betsch, T., Lang, A., & Lindow, S. (2022). When even the smartest fail to prioritise: Overuse of information can decrease decision accuracy. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 34(5), 675–690. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2022.2055560

Lindow, S., & Lang, A. (2022). A lifespan perspective on decision-making: A cross-sectional comparison of middle childhood, young adulthood, and older adulthood. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 35(3), Article e2268. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.2268

Lang, A. (2021). Teaching children to take the best. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72, Article 101234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101234

Lang, A. & Betsch, T. (2018). Children’s neglect of probabilities in decision making with and without feedback. Frontiers in Psychology 9, Article 191. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00191

Lindow, S., Lang, A., & Betsch, T. (2017). Holistic information integration in child decision making. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 30(5), 1131–1146. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.2029

Betsch, T., Lehmann, A., Lindow, S., Lang, A., & Schoemann, M. (2016). Lost in search: (Mal-)adaptation to probabilistic decision environments in children and adults. Developmental Psychology, 52, 311–325. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000077

Betsch, T., Lang, A., Lehmann, A., & Axmann, J. M. (2014). Utilizing probabilities as decision weights in closed and open information boards: A comparison of children and adults. Acta Psychologica, 153, 74–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.09.008

Betsch, T., & Lang, A. (2013). Utilization of probabilistic cues in the presence of irrelevant information: A comparison of risky choice in children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115, 108–125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2012.11.003