Researcher

Associate Professor Christopher Donkin

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ABOUT ME

Personal Website: www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/CDonkin/ 

Biography

My research interests are in Cognitive Psychology. I am interested in memory, decision-making, attention, and categorization. My work is in developing quantitative models for cognition. More recently, I have also become interested in Bayesian statistics.

Education

  • PhD in Quantitative Psychology (University of Newcastle, 2010)
  • BPsych (Hons. Class 1, 2005)
  • BMath...view more

ABOUT ME

Personal Website: www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/CDonkin/ 

Biography

My research interests are in Cognitive Psychology. I am interested in memory, decision-making, attention, and categorization. My work is in developing quantitative models for cognition. More recently, I have also become interested in Bayesian statistics.

Education

  • PhD in Quantitative Psychology (University of Newcastle, 2010)
  • BPsych (Hons. Class 1, 2005)
  • BMath (2006)

 

RESEARCH

 

Research Goals

  • To understand human cognition
  • Develop and test mathematical models of behaviour
  • To encourage researchers to consider their choice of statistical inference

Research in Detail

I develop and test mathematical models of cognition, including theories of short-term memory, how people make decisions, how people classify and categorize the world, and how people deploy their attention in complex tasks.

Research Grants

  • ARC DIscovery Project Grant - 2019-2021, Evidence-accumulation models of external influences on decision making. $425,000
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant - 2017-2019, A process model of visual working memory. $295,000.
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant - 2016-2018, Unifying decisions from experience and description. $290,558.
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant - 2013 to 2015, A new approach to understanding decision making. $229,000.
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Award - 2013 to 2015, A model based approach to investigating short-term memory: Exploiting response time distributions. $374,943.

Current Student Projects (PhD and Honours)

PhD - Jennifer Sloane - Medical decision making and interruptions

PhD - Garston Liang - Medical decision making and meta-cognition

PhD - Ed Stewart - Visual working memory and eye tracking

PhD - Aba Szollosi - A new approach to understanding decisions from experience

PhD - Luke Mills - Reading interference through reading decision-making modelsPhD - Jeremy Ngo - Bias and sequential effects in decision making

PhD - Arthur Kary - Studying bias in judgement through iterated learning

PhD - Ashley Luckman - Decision making under uncertainty: Risk and Delay

Supervision Opportunities/Areas

I am looking to supervise people in all areas of Cognitive Psychology. This includes human memory, decision-making, attention, categorization, and many other exciting areas.

Advice for prospective students

If you want to do a PhD in Psychology, learn to write computer code, and become comfortable with data and statistics. These things turn out to really matter.

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

 

Courses I teach

PSYC2001: Research Methods 2

PSYC3211: Cognitive Science

Professional affiliations and service positions

  • Associate Editor at Behavior Research Methods (2015-2018)
  • Associate Editor at Experimental Psychology (2015-2018)
  • Governing board member of Society for Mathematical Psychology (2017-)
  • Board member of Women in Mathematical Psychology
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Location

Matthews Building, Room 706