PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
School of Psychology, Plymouth University
Start date: September 2019
Research topic: Ambiguity in Category Learning and Stereotype Formation
I am interested in the underlying processes of social categorization. I will look at how formal models of category learning, e.g. prototype models, can explain social categorization problems of between-group discrimination. My research exclusively focuses on problems: where participants generalize their experience to novel ambiguous items, and where responses are irrational or suboptimal – contradict to rational models, like Classical Probability Theory. The project’s backbone includes a large-scale model comparison across social categorization problems. But I will also extensively employ Open Science and Open Source practices to battle the problem of replicability and reproducibility in Psychology.
Research supervisors: Professor Andy Wills, Dr Sylvia Terbeck