Our mission is to increase the collective long-term well-doing of humanity through life improvement science and rationality enhancement.
Life Improvement Science is an emerging transdisciplinary research field that lays the psychological, technological, philosophical, and sociological foundations for helping people live a good life, improve themselves, and make valuable contributions to society. Rationality Enhancement is the science and practice of helping people think more clearly about what is true and make better decisions about what to do.
Our international, interdisciplinary team combines methods from computational cognitive science, psychology, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. We work towards a scientific understanding of how people can realize their full potential, the underlying cognitive mechanisms, and the obstacles that people face in this pursuit.
The resulting theories and models guide the development of practical tools, strategies, and interventions that people can use to improve themselves and master the challenges of effective living. Our basic research on metacognitive learning, goal setting, and goal pursuit focuses on questions that are fundamental for understanding how the human mind can be improved and supported to foster optimal living, and our approach to cognitive modeling is grounded in resource-rational analysis and computational cognitive science.
Our applied research translates the resulting theories into practical tools and strategies that help people i) identify what they want to contribute to the world, ii) translate these insights into personal values and actionable goals, iii) turn their goals into intentions through long-term planning and good decision-making, iv) choose their actions in accordance with their goals and values, overcome inner obstacles, and stay focused on their chosen pursuits, and v) improve themselves.
If you are interested in participating in one of our experiments, feel free to sign up for one of our mailing lists:
- All experiments: email@example.com
- Goal-Setting: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Life-Improvement-Science: email@example.com