Helen Fischer

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Stocks and flows (SF) are building blocks of dynamic systems: Stocks change through inflows and outflows, such as our bank balance changing with withdrawals and deposits, or atmospheric CO2 with absorptions and emissions. However, people make systematic errors when trying to infer the behavior of dynamic systems, termed SF failure, whose cognitive(More)
BACKGROUND It is now universally acknowledged that climate change constitutes a major threat to human health. At the same time, some of the measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so-called climate change mitigation measures, have significant health co-benefits (e.g., walking or cycling more; eating less meat). The goal of limiting global warming to(More)
Predicting the development of dynamic processes is vital in many areas of life. Previous findings are inconclusive as to whether higher working memory capacity (WMC) is always associated with using more accurate prediction strategies, or whether higher WMC can also be associated with using overly complex strategies that do not improve accuracy. In this(More)
Stock-flow (SF) systems involving the accumulation of a stock over time are pervasive in many areas of human life. However, people make consistent mistakes when regulating such systems, a phenomenon termed SF failure. We introduce holistic (global) versus analytic (local) processing as a cognitive mechanism underlying the hardly understood SF failure. Using(More)
Proposing a mechanistic understanding of changes in atmospheric CO2 during the last 740 000 years P. Köhler and H. Fischer Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, P.O. Box 12 01 61, 27 515 Bremerhaven, Germany Received: 15 December 2005 – Accepted: 20 January 2006 – Published: 14 February 2006 Correspondence to: P. Köhler(More)
It is a truism, but unfortunately not true: policy-relevant climate information should be communicated such that non-scientists can understand. Through their assessment reports, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) periodically assesses global climate research, and creates “Summaries for Policymakers” (SPM) which constitute a synopsis of the(More)
Correction to: household preferences for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in four European high-income countries: does health information matter? A mixedmethods study protocol Alina Herrmann, Helen Fischer, Dorothee Amelung, Dorian Litvine, Carlo Aall, Camilla Andersson, Marta Baltruszewicz, Carine Barbier, Sébastien Bruyère, Françoise Bénévise, Ghislain(More)