Preprint on Financial Fragility and Beliefs about COVID-19

New preprint posted on PsyArXiv about the relationship between financial fragility and people’s beliefs about their personal risk and national spread of COVID-19:

We show that financial fragility influences people’s beliefs about both their personal risk of infection and the national spread of the virus. The strength of this effect equals or eclipses the influence of partisanship on beliefs and is much larger than that of local disease severity. Beliefs about personal risk (driven in part by financial fragility) also lead to increased willingness to pay for crisis related items (e.g. food, cleaning supplies). These results suggest the economic crisis created by COVID-19 is spilling over into people’s beliefs about the health crisis and their behaviors.

Now accepting Postdoc applications for Summer / Fall 2020

We are looking for a new postdoc to join the lab starting in Summer or Fall.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related disciplines. The following skills are also strongly desired:

  1. Background in computational modeling
  2. Experience designing and running experiments with human participants
  3. Solid programming skills
  4. Knowledge of Bayesian methods for model fitting and comparison
  5. Demonstrated scientific expertise, with publications in refereed journals

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter including a brief statement of career goals, curriculum vitae, one example publication / manuscript, and contact information of three references. Apply to Dr. Jennifer Trueblood, Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For more details see the full ad.

Paid Research Position Available

The CDM lab is currently recruiting a Vanderbilt undergraduate student for a paid research position in the lab starting in Jan. 2020. The ideal candidate will have strong programming experience (preferably python) and an interest in cognitive science. This is a great position for someone interested in going to graduate school in cognitive science, computer science, psychology, neuroscience, or data science. Responsibilities include programming experiments, data analysis, managing human subjects, and maintaining lab computers. There are also opportunities to learn about computational cognitive modeling. Previous undergraduate research assistants have been co-authors on papers published in top cognitive science and psychology journals.

The work load is about 15 hours per week and pay is based on previous experience. If you are interested, please send an email to Dr. Jennifer Trueblood ( and include your resume. Dr. Trueblood will interview students in December.

This position is only open to currently enrolled Vanderbilt undergraduate students.