Winston Sieck

Winston SieckWinston Sieck, PhD, is a cognitive researcher, author, and web-based learning developer. Dr. Sieck serves as president and principal scientist at Global Cognition. He is also director of Thinker Academy.

Dr. Sieck is on a mission to help adolescents and adults become savvy learners and thinkers who are ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. He does this by conducting research and developing tools to improve education. He specifically works to promote competence in the overlapping areas of critical thinking and decision making, inquiry, metacognition, self-regulated learning, collaboration, communication, and cross-cultural interaction.

Winston is broadly curious, with lots of research interests. To keep sane and make scientific progress in his core areas, he focuses on uncovering essential cognitive skills that enhance performance in a wide range of situations. For example, he discovered that thinking skills used by great scientists are critical for efficient adaptation to new cultures.

Dr. Winston Sieck has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific publications. He enjoys speaking, and has been invited to present in a variety of venues, including academic and professional development conferences, universities, U. S. government agencies and NATO.

Dr. Sieck received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Michigan in 2000, and M.A. in statistics from the same university in 1995. There, he conducted experimental research to understand the interrelated effects of expository writing, critical thinking, and memory retrieval processes on metacognition and decision making.

Dr. Sieck continued as a research fellow and statistics instructor at the University of Michigan (2000-2001), and then served as a post-doctoral scholar in quantitative psychology at Ohio State University (2001-2003). He was recruited into the Skilled Performance and Expertise group at Klein Associates in 2003, where he conducted expertise studies and developed competency models that supported instructional design and development in several professional domains. Dr. Sieck co-founded Global Cognition in 2011.

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.