My name is Iris Schneider and I am a professor of Psychology at the University of Cologne. I research ambivalence and difficulty in decision-making and judgment. I am especially interested in how people can use their ambivalence and inner conflict as a tool for better decision-making.
The world is a complicated place and issues are often multifaceted and complex. Often, this causes ambivalence: the experience of having both opposing (i.e., positive and negative) thoughts and feelings about a particular topic at the same time. People are ambivalent about many things that are central to their lives: work, school, family, partners, and societal issues. I am interested in how people can use their ambivalence to make better decisions and less biased judgments. You can read a recent blog post about my research on the benefits of ambivalence here or listen to a podcast on the topic here.
You can find out more about the work done in my research group by clicking Research. Want to dig deeper? Copies of our work for your own use are available under Publications. More about the possibilities of speaking engagements and other experiences can be found under Speaking.