Rules and behavior

How does the human cognitive system represent rules and norms? We tackle this question by studying the process of understanding novel behavioral rules and, crucially, the act of deliberately violating a rule or norm.

Exemplary Publications

Pfister, R., Wirth, R., Schwarz, K. A., Steinhauser, M. & Kunde, W. (2016). Burdens of non-conformity: Motor execution reveals cognitive conflict during deliberate rule violations. Cognition147, 93–99.

Pfister, R., Wirth, R., Weller, L., Foerster, A. & Schwarz, K. A. (2019). Taking shortcuts: Cognitive conflict during motivated rule-breaking. Journal of Economic Psychology71, 138–147.