Education and work experience:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Human Development (2014 -)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Plymouth University (2013 - 2014)
PhD Cognitive Psychology, Plymouth University (2010 - 2013)
MSc Experimental Psychology, University of Leuven (2008 - 2010)
BSc Psychology, University of Leuven (2005 - 2008)

Research Interests:

Judgement and Decision Making
Cognitive Modeling
Signal Detection Theory
Individual Differences
Implicit Logic
Drift Diffusion Models

My Research:

I am currently doing a postdoc at the Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC) at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. In my previous work I used signal detection theory (SDT) to study belief bias in deduction. One of the key insights from this research programme was that more cognitively capable individuals are more likely to use their prior beliefs as a relevant cue to drive the reasoning process. We also found a way to significantly reduce belief bias, using a forced choice presentation format. During my postdoc in Plymouth I investigated the possibility for implicit logic: are people intuitively sensitive to logical structure? Original work by Kinga Morsanyi and Simon Handley suggested that this was the case. However, their findings were questioned on methodological grounds by Klauer and Singmann. We counter these findings in new research using a contrast judgement paradigm, showing that implicit measures of reasoning are consistent with a possibly intuitive sensitivity to logic. In my postdoc at ARC I am focusing on the role of cue- and exemplar based strategies in probabilistic inference in collaboration with Thorsten Pachur.

For an overview of my papers so far and work in progress, please click here


Simon J. Handley, Sydney (Australia)
Michael F. Verde, Plymouth (UK)
Gordon Pennycook, Waterloo (Canada)
Valerie A. Thompson, Saskatchawan (Canada)
Kinga Morsanyi, Belfast (UK)