My research project

University roles and responsibilities

  • Mentor in the STARS program

    My qualifications

    B.Sc. in Psychology
    Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg
    M.Sc. in Psychology
    University of Cologne

    Affiliations and memberships

    Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (MPRG iSearch)
    Guest researcher
    Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen (CPI Lab)
    Collaborative PhD student


    Eric Schulz, Lara Bertram, Matthias Hofer, Jonathan D. Nelson (2019)Exploring the space of human exploration using Entropy Mastermind, In: Exploring the space of human exploration using Entropy Mastermindpp. 2762-2768 The Cognitive Science Society

    What drives people’s exploration in complex scenarios where they have to actively acquire information? How do people adapt their selection of queries to the environment? We explore these questions using Entropy Mastermind, a novel variant of the Mastermind code-breaking game, in which participants have to guess a secret code by making useful queries. Participants solved games more efficiently if the entropy of the game environment was low; moreover, people adapted their initial queries to the scenario they were in. We also investigated whether it would be possible to predict participants’ queries within the generalized Sharma-Mittal information-theoretic framework. Although predicting individual queries was difficult, the modeling framework offered important insights on human behavior. Entropy Mastermind opens up rich possibilities for modeling and behavioral research.

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