Broadly, Amanda’s research interests lie in the analysis of basic processes of choice and behavioral economics. In collaboration with Dr. Leonard Green and Dr. Joel Myerson, she has investigated the complex choice situations characterized in delay and probability discounting. More specifically, she concentrated on comparing both delay and probability discounting among rats, pigeons, and humans in situations that minimized differences between laboratory procedures used across species. Some of her other work includes a series of investigations into the parameters of reward value that determine the magnitude effect in nonhumans and humans, a comparison of the processes involved in discounting of delayed and iterated probabilistic rewards in pigeons and humans, a series of studies on the effect of income on delay discounting in nonhumans, and the beginning of an exciting area of research on the effects of “framing” on choice between two delayed rewards in pigeons.
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