| Peter M. Todd
Peter is a professor of Cognitive Science, Informatics, and Psychology 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.
| Rob Bowers
Rob is a doctoral student of cognitive science at Indiana University. He is interested in the cognitive aspects of modal action, specifically, how sexual animals find and differentiate between potential mates. Rob tries to exploit the cross-species regularities of sex, and the intuition that wherever a manner of cognition becomes a part of the system, it will impact the course of the species’ evolution in regular, identifiable ways. This requires use of a combination of methods, from artificial life and empirical work with real animals. He has worked with sexual conditioning in Coturnix quail; facial attractiveness in humans; and models of the evolution of sexual dynamics in agent-oriented artificial systems.
| Jared Lorince
Jared is a third-year PhD student at IU. His research focuses on how people search for information in Web environments, and he's especially interested in collaborative tagging systems and the decision-making strategies people use when deciding what and how to tag. He is also co-founder of the blog Motivate.Play.. Visit his webpage here.
| Ke Sang
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
| Niyati Shah
Niyati is currently a sophomore at Indiana University and is very excited to be working in the ABC West lab. She is majoring in biology, with minors in Nutrition, Chemistry, and Spanish. She plans on attending dental school in the future.
| Brianne Eby
Brianne is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and is studying Psychology, International Studies, and French at IU. She is interested in food psychology, particularly cross-cultural food attitudes and behaviors. In the spring of 2012, she spent the semester in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she began her senior Honors Thesis on moral balancing in food choices.
| Sarah Whaley
Sarah is originally from Columbus, Indiana. She is currently a Freshman at Indiana University majoring in Journalism and picking up Cognitive Science as a double major in the spring semester. Sarah is passionate about writing and understanding human cognition, and she is exploring ways in which she can use both interests in a future career.
| Blake Baltazar
Blake Baltazar is originally from Long Island New York and is currently a Junior at Indiana University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish. She plans to continue her education in Psychology in graduate school to get her Masters Degree in Social Work. She hopes to then have additional training to eventually be a psychiatric social worker!
| Yingying Chen
Yingying Chen is a junior majoring in Psychology, and is mostly interested in behavioral and social psychology. After graduating from IU, she plans to pursue her masters degree either in Cognitive Psychology or Counseling Psychology.
| 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.