BA (Hons), MSc, DPhil
- Human Information Processing (Summerfield Lab)
My research focuses on human understanding. How can we characterize and promote it? I build games to investigate how people learn new concepts. I am interested in charting how understanding evolves over time.
My background is an interdisciplinary blend of experimental psychology and economics. During my DPhil, I investigated how irrelevant information present in the context of a decision affects human choices across domains. I combined psychophysical experiments with computational modeling to chart the behavioral signatures of context dependence and arbitrate between different theoretical accounts of the mechanisms underlying context-dependent decision making.
Teaching & Supervision
How do (perceptual) distracters distract?
Dumbalska T. et al, (2022), PLoS Comput Biol, 18
A community-sourced glossary of open scholarship terms.
Parsons S. et al, (2022), Nat Hum Behav
Orthogonal representations for robust context-dependent task performance in brains and neural networks.
Flesch T. et al, (2022), Neuron
A map of decoy influence in human multialternative choice.
Dumbalska T. et al, (2020), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 117, 25169 - 25178
Green nudges: Applying behavioural economics to the fight against climate change
Zaneva M. and Dumbalska T., (2020), PsyPAG the Quarterly, 27 - 31