Sonia Savelli

Research Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory; Affiliate Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering | 206-221-2362

Benjamin Hall 576, Box 355640

Sonia Savelli is a senior cognitive research scientist at the University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory who studies the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms and processes that are relevant to applied decision-making under uncertainty and under risk. Her research on weather-related decision-making investigates how providing individuals with probabilistic information helps to inform their decisions; increases trust in the forecast and information sources; and improves confidence in their decisions. Dr. Savelli uses a mixed-method approach in her research utilizing cognitive-ethnographic work based on observations and surveys to gain an understanding of the context, background knowledge and goals with which people approach critical decisions, and experimental methods that incorporate realistic decisions often with actual monetary rewards to test specific questions.


  • PhD, Cognitive Psychology, University of Washington, 2009