Alaina Talboy, PhD

Welcome! I am a cognitive scientist who is passionate about education, research, and all things math & science!

My research focuses on understanding how people use information to make informed decisions. 

Award-winning educator and researcher on probabilistic reasoning, problem solving, and decision making

Expertise in experimental design & analysis, advanced statistics, and mixed methodology

PhD in Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology from the University of South Florida

Dr. Talboy (center) and podmates at the 2012 APS Annual Convention in Orlando, FL.

Core Principles

My philosophy and approach to research, writing, and life in general is guided by the three principles of scientific thinking.

Question everything including authority, experts, and more importantly yourself, your assumptions, and your biases.

Maintain a healthy dose of open skepticism, tempered by a willingness to update beliefs based on new evidence.

Practice intellectual honesty above all else. It is OK to be wrong AND admit when you are wrong. We are all human and make mistakes.

Upcoming Events

Dr. Talboy and JDM labmates presenting at the Psychonomics and Judgment & Decision Making Conferences in Vancouver BC 2017.

At this time, Dr. Talboy is writing a book, an academic field guide, for first year graduate students (and those further along) that provides the tools and strategies students need to set themselves up for success, make it through the job market, and excel with an offer in hand at the end of the road. 

For updates on the book, latest publications, and future events, sign up on the Contact page.

Her next speaking engagement will be at the Women in Tech Global Conference on June 7-11, 2021. She’ll talk about her own experiences as a woman in STEM, imposter syndrome, and the strategies used to overcome obstacles along the way.

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