Methodology

We use several methodological approaches in our research. Cognitive-ethnographic work based on observations and surveys helps us to gain an understanding of the context, background knowledge and goals with which people approach critical decisions. In addition, we use experimental methods, incorporating realistic decisions often with actual monetary rewards to test specific questions. Our research is interdisciplinary: We work closely with domain experts, such as atmospheric scientists, to sharpen the questions we ask and ensure the ecological validity of the stimuli we test.

Students joining the lab will learn about the intersection of traditional decision theory and applied questions. They will help to pursue research designed to bridge the gaps between these two approaches and impact real-world situations. They will have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary teams and present their research in a number of interdisciplinary settings.