We work in four main areas:

  • Modeling human decision making
    • optimization problems (bandit problems, optimal stopping problems, ..) that involve making sequences of decisions under uncertainty in structured environments
    • strategies in decision making, with a focus on environment structure, adaptive strategy use, and individual differences
  • Collective cognition and the wisdom of the crowd
    • using cognitive models to improve wisdom of the crowd performance
    • using cognitive models to extend the types of behavioral data that can be combined across a crowd of people
  • Modeling memory with clinical applications
    • applying models of memory and knowledge representation to detect and understand changes caused by aging and impairment, using real-world clinical data
  • Bayesian statistical methods
    • using graphical models and computational Bayesian methods to¬†improve the development, evaluation and application of cognitive models

Current Graduate Students

Maime (Hongyang) Guan, 5th year
Holly Westfall, 1st year
Nidhi Banavar (with Mimi Lilljeholm)
Jeff Coon (with Barbara Sarnecka)
Bobby Thomas (with Barbara Sarnecka)

Current Undergraduate Students

Stephanie Doering
Matt Tillis
Isaiah Cushman
Karyssa Courey

Former Graduate Students

Percy Mistry, now post-doc at Stanford
Irina Danileiko, now at Blizzard entertainment
Profile Image James Pooley, now at Success Academy Charter Schools
Shunan Zhang, now at Apple
Matt Zeigenfuse, now at Swiss Re
Matt Dry, now at the University of Adelaide
Mark Mackay, now at Flinders University of South Australia
Dani Navarro, now at the University of New South Wales


E.-J. Wagenmakers, University of Amsterdam
Ben Newell, University of New South Wales
Kevin Gluck, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Bouzas lab, National Autonomous University of Mexico