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.
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 thoroughness. Journal 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.