The Adaptive Behavior and Cognition Lab--West (ABC-West) is dedicated to exploring the cognitive mechanisms that people (and other animals) use to behave adaptively in their environments. We study the interactions between behavior and environment at multiple scales--including how cognitive mechanisms have evolved in response to particular environmental structures, how behaviors are learned through interactions with the environment, and how behaving and acting in the world can change the environmental structures that agents face in the future. We look at particular adaptively important domains such as mate choice and food choice, and we use tools including agent-based modeling and simulation and laboratory experiments. ABC-West was formed in 2005 through budding from the original ABC Research Group in Berlin, Germany.
| Food Choice
Investigators: Peter Todd
Summaries of our work on these topics can be found under the keyword Food Choice in the publications section of our website.
| Perceptions of Attraction
Investigators: Skyler Place, Peter Todd, Samantha Cohen
Summaries of our work on these topics can be found under the keyword Mate Choice in the publications section of our website.