BA (Hons), MSc, DPhil
- Human Information Processing (Summerfield Lab)
My research focuses on human understanding. How can we characterize, measure and promote it? I am building new assessment tools that quantify the understanding of concepts, theories and problems. These assessments are fun, but complex games (e.g. this escape room inspired maze) allowing for prolonged user engagement. Using these tools, I plan to chart how understanding emerges and develops 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
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
How does value distract?
Summerfield C. and Dumbalska T., (2020), Nat Hum Behav, 4