My research focuses on the bases of judgment and unconscious cognition. More specifically, I am interested in how the feeling of perceptual fluency influences affective evaluations or cognitive judgments, such as judgments of truth or frequency estimates (together with Norbert Schwarz and Piotr Winkielman). This research has been applied to explain mathematical intuition and the insight experience (with Sascha Topolinski). The fluency theory has been modified within the newly developed psycho-historical framework for research on art appreciation (with Nicolas Bullot).
Recently, we began exploring Example Choice as a way to increase student interest in mathematics and science teaching.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Social Cognition
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- Bullot, N. J., & Reber, R. (2013). The artful mind meets art history: Toward a psycho-historical framework for the science of art appreciation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 123-137.
- Oyserman, D., Sorensen, N., Reber, R., & Chen, S. X. (2009). Connecting and separating mindsets: Culture as situated cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 217-235.
- Reber, R. (2008). Art in its experience: Can empirical psychology help assess artistic value? Leonardo, 41, 367-372.
- Reber, R. Brun, M., & Mitterndorfer, K. (2008). The use of heuristics in intuitive mathematical judgment. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 1174-1178.
- Reber, R., Hetland, H., Chen, W., Norman, E., & Kobbeltvedt, T. (2009). Effects of example choice on interest, control, and learning. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 18, 509-548.
- Reber, R., Lima, A., & Fosse, B. H. (2007). Effects of regulatory focus on endorsement of religious beliefs. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 48, 539–545.
- Reber, R., & Schwarz, N. (1999). Effects of perceptual fluency on judgments of truth. Consciousness and Cognition, 8, 338-342.
- Reber, R., Schwarz, N., & Winkielman, P. (2004). Processing fluency and aesthetic pleasure: Is beauty in the perceiver's processing experience? Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8(4), 364-382.
- Reber, R., & Unkelbach, C. (2010). The epistemic status of processing fluency as source for judgments of truth. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1, 563-581.
- Reber, R., Winkielman, P., & Schwarz, N. (1998). Effects of perceptual fluency on affective judgments. Psychological Science, 9, 45-48.
- Topolinski, S., & Reber, R. (2010). Gaining insight into the "Aha" experience. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 402-405.
- Topolinski, S., & Reber, R. (2010). Immediate truth - temporal contiguity between a cognitive problem and its solution determines experienced veracity of the solution. Cognition, 114, 117-122.
- Reber, R. (2012). Processing fluency, aesthetic pleasure, and culturally shared taste. In A. P. Shimamura & Palmer S. E. (Eds.), Aesthetic science: Connecting mind, brain, and experience (pp. 223-249). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Reber, R. (2012). Critical Feeling: The strategic use of processing fluency. In C. Unkelbach & R. Greifeneder (Eds.), The experience of thinking (pp. 169-184). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
- Reber, R. (2004). Availability. In R. Pohl (Ed.), Cognitive illusions (pp. 147-163). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
- Emotion and Motivation
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Skill Learning
- Social Cognition
- The Psychology of Memory
- Unconscious Cognition
University of Oslo
- Phone: ++47 55 58 31 81
- Skype Name: rolfreber