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Lael J. Schooler, Ph.D.

Lael Schooler is a Professor of Psychology at Syracuse University in the Cognitive, Brain and Behavior area, where we are growing in the area of computational psychology. At Syracuse he continues research started as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Inspired by Herbert Simon’s notion of bounded rationality, Lael investigates simple heuristics—cognitive processes that use limited information to make effective decisions in an uncertain world. Much of his work involves grounding simple heuristics in the ACT-R theory of cognition. Lael’s colleagues at ABC with input from the ACT-R community reflected on the implications of integrating the ABC and ACT-R research programs. You can read more about that here.
After graduating from CMU, Lael worked with Richard Shiffrin and Jeroen Raaijmakers at Indiana University and the University of Amsterdam. During that time they developed REMI (Retrieving Effectively from Memory Implicit), a model of implicit memory phenomena grounded in an appreciation of the adaptive nature of human cognition. Before joining ABC, he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn State.

Lab Members

Jun Fang

Jun Fang Graduate Student Assistant.

    B.S. Economics and Mathmatics at Iowa State University

    M.S. Economics at Iowa State University

    Esther Shmagin

    Esther Shmagin Undergraduate Research Assistant.

      She is a sophomore majoring in Marketing Management and Psychology. She enjoys music and the outdoors. During her career Esther wants to study consumer behavior, influence, and decision-making online and in traditional settings.
      Ainsley Smith

      Ainsley Smith Undergraduate Research Assistant.

        Ainsley is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Policy Studies under the College of Arts & Sciences. She aims to learn more about the consumer decision-making process to help build on customer satisfaction in hospitality or retail markets.  

        Trevor Grant

        Trevor Grant Undergraduate Research Assistant.

          He is a Senior Philosophy and Neuroscience major at Syracuse University. His fields of interest include decision making and memory. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and listening to music.