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There is a fully-funded PhD studentship open in my lab in the School of Psychology at Bangor University! We will focus on learning in uncertain, social environments. Details here.


portrait I am a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Bangor University. I seek to better understand and improve how individuals make decisions in uncertain, social environments. I believe this requires an interdisciplinary approach. Understanding how humans learn in uncertain environments not only requires psychological and behavioural economic insight; it also requires a deep understanding of the mathematics behind how one should optimally learn in such environments. Only then, can we diagnose the frailties and biases in human decisions.

Previously, I held a postdoc at Bangor University. There, I studied the effects of uncertainty on learning tasks.  Before that, I held a postdoc at the University of Oxford where I studied the effects of regulation and decision-making biases on the stability of financial markets. In 2016, I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath. I argue that lacking veridical knowledge can be advantageous in a variety of contexts, including optimizing affective forecasts, maintaining cooperative societies, and operating within inefficient institutions. In 2010, I graduated with Distinction from the University of Sussex whilst studying Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems. In 2002, I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BSc in Computer Science and a minor in Philosophy. I have over 10 years of experience in the business sector, ranging from software development to project management.

You can find my CV here. The purpose of this page is to generate collaboration. So, if any of the above sounds interesting, please contact me: p.rauwolf@bangor.ac.uk