Humans are faced with having to make an incredible amount of decisions. Some decisions can be considered fairly mundane (e.g., “What trail will I hike today?”). Others can be considered life changing (e.g., “Should I spend many years in school to earn a Ph.D.?”). These decisions, regardless of their relative importance, are the product of a number of complex cognitive processes including assessing goals, utilizing prior knowledge, weighing costs and benefits, and evaluating outcomes.
My research focuses on human decision-making. Specifically, I aim to understand the above processes through the lens of metacognition. That is, how we evaluate our own thinking and experiences, and apply those evaluations when we make decisions. Please visit the RESEARCH page for more information on my current projects.