Winston Sieck

Winston Sieck
Winston Sieck (“seek”), PhD, is a cognitive researcher, author, and e-learning developer. He is working to advance the key social, cultural and cognitive skills needed to prepare human minds to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Dr. Sieck co-founded Global Cognition in 2011, a cognitive research and development organization that is investigating 21st century skills, competencies, and mindsets. He has since built Thinker Academy, a website offering interactive, online courses that help teens improve their learning and thinking skills.

Dr. Sieck has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific publications. Selected projects include:

  • Devising and successfully testing several writing exercises for enhancing critical thinking in decision making.
  • Determining that differences in critical thinking skills and memory retrieval strategies partly explain why Chinese tend to be more overconfident than Americans and Japanese.
  • Mapping local mindsets in Lebanon and Afghanistan to develop cultural training for U. S. military personnel.

Winston Sieck enjoys speaking, and has been invited to present in a variety of venues, including universities, U. S. government agencies and NATO.

Dr. Sieck completed his PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Michigan in 2000, earning a master’s in statistics along the way. Winston lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he relishes coding, gaming and adventuring with his kids.

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Selected Publications:

Sieck, W. R., Smith, J. L., & Rasmussen, L. J. (2013). Metacognitive strategies for making sense of cross-cultural encounters. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 1007-1023.

Yates, J. F., Ji, L.-J., Oka, T., Lee, J.-W., Shinotsuka, H., & Sieck, W. R.  (2010). Indecisiveness and culture: Incidence, values, and thoroughnessJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 428-444.

Sieck, W. R., Merkle, E. C., & Van Zandt, T. (2007).  Option fixation: A cognitive contributor to overconfidence.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103, 68-83.

Phillips, J. K., Klein, G., & Sieck, W. R.  (2004).  Expertise in judgment and decision making:  A case for training intuitive decision skills.  In D. J. Koehler & N. Harvey (Eds.),  Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making.

Sieck, W., & Yates, J. F. (1997).  Exposition effects on decision making:  Choice and confidence in choice.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 70, 207-219.