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

My publications


Schulz Eric, Bertram Lara, Hofer Matthias, Nelson Jonathan D. (2019) Exploring the space of human exploration using Entropy Mastermind,Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2019) pp. 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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