Thea Behrens

Models of Higher Cognition

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My current research focus is on human problem solving. How are we tackling new problems that we did not encounter before? How do we refine our strategies when we become more experienced with a certain problem type? And how do we transfer knowledge won in previous situations to slightly changed or more challenging problems?

I am conducting experiments in the domain of Sudoku puzzles and similar number-placement games to answer these questions. Methodologies include think-aloud protocols, response time measures as well as mouse- and eye-tracking. Constructing computational models to understand the underlying processes is also a very important part of my work.

Before coming to Darmstadt I studied cognitive science at the University of Osnabrück.