Members of the Decision Processes Lab:

Members of the Decision Processes Lab:

lab director

Rick

Dr. Rick Thomas

B.A. University of Oklahoma
M.S. Psychology, Kansas State University
Ph.D. Psychology, Decision Science, Kansas State University
Research interests: The fundamental premise of my work is that computational models from cognitive psychology and cognitive science can be adapted to provide testable process models of decision-making phenomena and optimized to support the decision-making of professionals. I direct the Decision Processes Laboratory (DPL). The DPL utilizes a range of experimental methodologies (behavioral, eye-tracking, EEG) and computational techniques (statistical, mathematical, neural networks) to investigate decision-making phenomena. Much of our applied work concerns the study and measurement of expertise; primarily in the areas of performance evaluation and the development of decision support tools. One area of specialization is the development of computational models that describe how people, generate hypotheses to explain patterns of data, which is common in everyday problem solving; and it is the basis for decision-making in many disciplines, such as medical diagnosis, criminal investigation, intelligence sensemaking, software debugging, and scientific discovery. We also seek to optimize models of human hypothesis generation to serve as decision support tools to aid the diagnostic decision-making of professionals and to improve the robustness of existing applications of artificially intelligent classification systems.
email rick.thomas@nullpsych.gatech.edu
 phone (404) 894-6066
website Web page
scholar Curriculum Vitae

 

graduate students

David

David Illingworth

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Merced
M.A. Experimental Psychology, California State University San Marcos
Research interests: Hypothesis testing, hypothesis generation, cognitive search, resource valuation
Bio: David grew up in Alhambra, California, where he honed his decision-making skills by optimizing his implementation of the eeny-meeny-miny-moe method. These days he has graduated to random.org for everyday decisions, but relies heavily upon his friend Seth when things get tricky.
email david.illingworth@nullgatech.edu
website Web page
scholar Curriculum Vitae

 

Ashley

Ashley Lawrence-Huizenga

B.A. Psychology, Valparaiso University
M.S. Psychology, University of Oklahoma
Research interests: Cue generation, cue use, decision strategies
Bio: Ashley spent many long, cold winters in Michigan, studying decision-making in the game of Euchre. Frustrated with her Euchre partner’s terrible decision-making skills, she moved to a place where no one has even heard of the game. She now spends her time avoiding the hot weather by trying to teach her cats to play Euchre.
email alawrencehuizenga@nullgatech.edu
website Web page
scholar Curriculum Vitae

 

Carolyn

Carolyn Hartzell

B.S.E. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
Research interests: Visual cognition and decision-making, presentation/use of uncertainty information and DM
Bio: Carolyn gave up a cushy job as an engineer in New England to come to Atlanta to study engineering psychology, so her decision-making skills are questionable at best. As further evidence, she may be the only person in Atlanta who wishes it would snow. She also has the unique distinction of being named both Leader of the Rebel Alliance and Lab Dictator within the space of a year.
email carolyn.hartzell@nullgatech.edu
website Web page
scholar Curriculum Vitae

 

Malia Crane

B.A. Experimental Psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville
M.S. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Research interests: Cognitive Ability, Work Performance, Complex Decision Making
Bio: Malia has spent nearly a decade in the southeastern college system despite being sensitive to heat, pollen, and <redacted>. She has a deep love for ducks and her pet snake Udon, hoping to one day combine these passions with her motorcycling obsession. Her veiled past involves a heavy emphasis on alternative measures of mental ability and work performance using computer simulations, results generally concluding that the smart people making, and taking, these tests would make excellent hires.
mcrane36@nullgatech.edu
website Web page
scholar Curriculum Vitae

 

research assistants

Kara

Kara Matassino

Major: Psychology
email kmatassino@nullgatech.edu

 

Piper

Piper Brownlee

Major: Psychology
email p.brownlee@nullgatech.edu

 

Sevana

Sevana Ohanian

Major: Psychology
email sevana.ohanian@nullgatech.edu

 

Naomi

Naomi Woubshet

Major: Psychology
email nwoubshet3@nullgatech.edu

 

alumni

 

Nick Lange, Ph.D.


Nick
Graduated: 2011, University of Oklahoma
Current: Facebook

Dan Buttaccio, Ph.D.


Dan
Graduated: 2013, University of Oklahoma
Current: University of Maryland

April Martin, Ph.D.


April
Graduated: 2014, University of Oklahoma
Current: Pacific Science and Engineering Group

 

lab photos