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Julian Skirzynski joined our lab

  • 23 September 2019

Welcome, Julian!

Julian is a researcher at Rationality Enhancement group. He is interested in scientific interests include modeling higher level cognitive processes, synergies between cognitive science and machine learning, explainable AI, and improving cognitive skills.

Julian Skirzynski


Yash Raj Jain returned to our lab!

  • 09 September 2019

Welcome back, Yash!

Yash Raj Jain first joined our lab for an internship on measuring and reverse-engineering metacognitive learning in 2018 and has since returned to us to continue his work as a researcher. Thanks, Yash! Yash is pursuing a dual major in Computer Science and Economics at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, India.

Yash Raj Jain


Valkyrie Felso joined our lab

  • 01 September 2019

Welcome, Val!

Valkyrie Felso has joined our lab as a Ph.D. student working on techniques from reinforcement learning such as inverse reinforcement learning and shaping in order to help people improve their decisions. Welcome Valkyrie!

Valkyrie Felso


Decision advisor put to test

  • 27 July 2019

In one of our JDM absracts we evaluated a decision advisor by ClearerThinking.org. We found out that it was successful at helping people avoid typical mistakes in making decisions.

Gabriela Iwama Falk Lieder


REG visits Montréal

  • 08 July 2019

This summer Montréal will be the stage for three important conferences concerning research in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, machine learning, cognitive modelling and decision making: the 4th Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM), the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Sociey for Mathematical Psychology and the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Cognitive Modelling (MathPsych/ICCM), and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci). As a matter of course, the Rationality Enhancement Group will be represented there as well.

Falk Lieder Maria Wirzberger Florian Mohnert Yash Raj Jain Lin Xu Gabriela Iwama


Bastian Nowozimski joined our lab

  • 01 July 2019

Welcome, Bastian!

After getting his Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Tübingen, he is now proceeding to get his Master's degree. As a student assistant, he is supporting the Rationality Enhancement Group through his role as Lab and Study Coordinator.

Bastian Nowozimski


Lab's first JDM submissions

  • 20 June 2019

The Society of Judgement and Decision Making proudly hosts an Annual Meeting as interdisciplinary forum for decision analysts and researchers from various fields such as psychology, economics, or organizational studies. This year, it will take place in Montréal and we are very excited about our submitted abstracts on the Goal Characteristics (GC) questionnaire and the Decision Advisor. Both turned out really well!

Gabriela Iwama Maria Wirzberger Falk Lieder


Lab's first CCN submissions

  • 07 June 2019

The Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (CCN) will be held in Berlin in September this year and provide an interdisciplinary forum for understanding the computations that underlie complex behavior. We have submitted two abstracts that introduce our work on meta-cognitive reinforcement learning and computational models of goal pursuit. We look forward to present our work at this exciting occasion!

Falk Lieder Yash Raj Jain Florian Mohnert Sanit Gupta Vasundhara Rakesh


Article in Scientific Reports published

  • 05 June 2019

Our postdoc Maria Wirzberger recently published an article in the renowned Nature journal Scientific Reports. Congratulations, Maria!

Maria Wirzberger


Lab's first Psychonomics submission

  • 01 June 2019

Founded in 1959, the Psychonomic Society celebrates its 60th birthday this year. The Annual Meeting will be hosted in Montréal this year and we submitted an abstract on our Goal Characteristics (GC) questionnaire. We would be happy to join the celebration and proudly introduce our work!

Gabriela Iwama Maria Wirzberger Falk Lieder