| Peter M. Todd
Peter is Provost Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. He grew up in Silicon Valley, studied mathematics and electronic music at Oberlin College, received an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University, and developed neural network models of the evolution of learning for his 1992 PhD in psychology at Stanford University with advisor David Rumelhart. In 1995 he moved to Germany to help found the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) with director Gerd Gigerenzer; the Center has been at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin since 1997. Peter's research interests while assistant director there focused on modeling the interactions between decision making and decision environments, including how the two co-evolve over time. The Center's work culminated in the book Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart (Gigerenzer, Todd, and the ABC Research Group; Oxford, 1999); the sequel, Ecological Rationality: Intelligence in the World (Oxford), focusing on environment structures and their impact, is being finalized. In addition, Peter has coedited three books on neural network and artificial life models in music and has written papers on topics ranging from social decision processes in rats to modeling patterns of age at first marriage. At IU, his research interests focus on ecological rationality, search behavior in humans (including mate search, foraging, and memory search), and food choice mechanisms.
| Samantha Cohen
Samantha Cohen is earning a joint Ph. D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Prior to joining the ABC lab, she studied Social Cognition as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. Her research interests broadly cover decision-making and choice behavior in adaptive environments. She is especially interested in how individuals search for collaborative, cooperative, and reproductive partners in a number of settings using both experimental and third-party data, and how ecological and evolutionary forces impact human social and search behavior. Visit her webpage and access her CV here
| Samuel Nordli
Sam is a PhD student at IU. He is generally interested in behavioral ecology, and particularly in the evolution of the neural systems in vertebrate brains that support the formation and execution of stereotyped patterns of contextualized behavior (i.e, habits/heuristics). This broad topic intersects and contrasts with a number of interesting areas of study, including ecological rationality, the acquisition of skill and expertise, mindfulness (as juxtaposed with the mindlessness of habits), and the evolution of language and human uniqueness.
| Mahi Luthra
Mahi is a first-year student, pursuing a joint PhD in Cognitive Science and Psychology. Prior to starting her PhD career at IU, she attained an MA in applied psychology from University of Mumbai. Mahi is generally interested in the structure of the working memory and its evolution. Currently, her research is focused on working memory limits and she attempts to explore possible adaptive benefits of a limited working memory capacity. To contact Mahi, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Jenny Yang
Jenny is a freshman from Muncie, Indiana pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is interested in a wide variety of psychological sciences and is particularly interested in decision making and psychological disorders. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending graduate school with the intent of continuing research or working in clinical psychology.
| Sarah Mysliwy
Sarah is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a certificate in Neuroscience. After graduating from Indiana University, she will pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology.
| Kaylee Lindahl
Kaylee is a freshman from Chesterton, Indiana pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. This will be her first experience participating in a lab, and she is excited to learn more and further develop her research interests. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist.
| Devika Davda
Devika Davda is a sophomore majoring in Cognitive Science, and minoring in Psychology. She is interested in various things such as drug usage, decision making, and psychological disorders. In the future, she hopes she can hone in on one field and pursue a career in the Federal Government, along with attending Graduate school.
| Calvin Isch
Calvin is a junior Cox Research Scholar pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science and a certificate in the Liberal Arts and Management program. His research interests include habit formation, motivation and decision making.
| Emily Exline
Emily Exline is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Cognitive Science. She is from Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Her main interest in research is how people with clinical illnesses have differing cognitive processes. After finishing her Undergraduate degree, she has hopes in pursuing a Psy.D, or a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
| Catherine Xu
Cat is a sophomore Wells Scholar pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science and a certificate in the Liberal Arts and Management Program.
| Madison Gits
I'm a junior from La Porte, Indiana majoring in Animal Behavior and Biology. I am also minoring in Spanish. This is my first time working in a lab, and I plan on gaining as much research experience as I can.
| Ke Sang, Graduate Student
After graduating from the Medical School of Fudan University, Ke realized that he is more interested in a human's mental state than their physical state and chose to study psychology instead. Currently Ke is a third-year graduate student double majoring in cognitive psychology and cognitive science. Human's search behavior (also known as exploration and exploitation) is his main research interest at present. He is using a mathematical modeling method, network analysis, and some machine learning methods to create a fully understandable picture of searching behavior. If you have any interest or want to learn more about his research, you can e-mail Ke at email@example.com
| Jared Lorince, Graduate Student
Jared was a joint PhD candidate in cognitive science and psychology, and is now a postdoctoral fellow at NICO (the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems), working with Brian Uzzi. His work explores human behavior in social information environments on the Web, with a focus on music listening and tagging behavior, and integrates knowledge of human search and decision making capacities with large scale data mining and analysis methods.
| Robert Ian Bowers, Graduate Student and Post Doc
Robert's interests concern the cognition of animals, with focus on aspects of cognition that are amenable to ethological approaches. This has led primarily to analysis of behavior patterns in specific ecological contexts involved in the most crucial and predictable feats of life, notably feeding and mating, and use of a combination of methods. He has worked with food conditioning in rats, social learning in humans, and sexual conditioning in Coturnix quail, as well as sexual selection among artificial agents in software environments. He counts himself a 'behavior systems' person. Robert earned his PhD under William Timberlake. His dissertation concerned theories of causal reasoning applied to rats in food conditioning preparations. In our laboratory he studies how people learn from available social information regarding the mate choices of others.
| Brianne Eby, Lab Manager
Brianne received her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychology in 2013. Her thesis, 'Moral balancing in food choices across cultures', compared individuals' food habits and attitudes in the U.S. and France. Brianne worked as the lab manager for ABC West for a year before beginning a Master of Science in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where her research focused on the normative dimensions of pro-environmental behaviors and behavioral spillover.
| Kate Sanders
While at IU, Kate studied Cognitive Science and English. Her research focused on the food environment and food memory, and she worked most with an online food diary service to determine patterns in the types of foods people eat and how well they remember what they’ve eaten; for example, in one project, subjects filled out food diaries for a week and afterwards were asked to try to recall their foods.
| Thomas Hills, Post Doc and Research Scientist
Thomas's research focuses on the evolution of goal-directed behavior, its underlying biological basis, and the consequences for human search in spatial, mental, and social environments. Thomas is now at the Center for Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
| Skyler Place, Graduate Student
Skyler graduated from IU in 2010 with PhDs in Psychology and Cognitive Science. His research focused on the cues that drive social influence in human decision making. After leaving IU, Skyler did a post-doc for 18 months at Harvard and Northeastern, before leaving academia to join a start up. He is now a Senior Research Scientist at Cogito Health.
| Benjamin Scheibehenne, Post Doc
Details on Ben can be found on his webpage. He is now at the Center for Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
| Andreas Wilke, Research Scientist
Andreas research focuses on the cognitive adaptations underlying decision making under uncertainty in foraging. He investigates whether the same mechanisms animals use in foraging for patchy resources are also shared by humans and used in novel tasks such as searching for physical resources or information on the Internet. Currently, he is looking at whether people’s assumptions about the patchiness of resources underlie well-known phenomena of human judgment, such as the “hot hand” fallacy. For this purpose, he studies people in controlled laboratory settings as well as conducts field studies in a traditional foraging society in Amazonian Ecuador. He received interdisciplinary training in cognitive psychology, behavioral ecology and biological anthropology. He is now at the Department of Psychology at Clarkson University.