Research Fellow, Faculty of Science
Dr Anya Skatova completed her PhD at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham in 2011 before joining Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow in Social Psychology.
I employ a range of approaches developed in social, personality and cognitive psychology, behavioural economics and broader decision making literature to understand real life choices. My primary line… read more
OTTO, A. ROSS, SKATOVA, ANYA, MADLON-KAY, SETH and DAW, NATHANIEL D., 2015. Cognitive Control Predicts Use of Model-based Reinforcement Learning JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 27(2), 319-333
CAROLINE LEYGUE, EAMONN FERGUSON, ANYA SKATOVA and ALEXA SPENCE, 2014. Energy sharing and energy feedback: Affective and behavioral reactions to communal energy displays. Frontiers in Energy Research. 2, 29
I employ a range of approaches developed in social, personality and cognitive psychology, behavioural economics and broader decision making literature to understand real life choices. My primary line of research concerns the psychological underpinnings of cooperation and prosocial behaviour using experimental economics games (e.g., public goods games). I am specifically interested in how different people react to unfair situations, and what factors (e.g., emotions, personality traits, cognitive appraisals) might colour their judgment and decisions in social dilemmas.
In addition, I have a strong interest in how basic research in cognitive psychology and decision making science can inform our understanding of choices outside of the lab in real-world scenarios, as well as individual differences in choices. In this respect I am interested in vocational choices (why different people choose different degrees to pursue at the university?), decisions about energy use/consumption (e.g., household energy use) and choices about personal data (why people may or may not donate/share their personal data). In terms of individual differences, I am interested in how basic cognitive mechanisms that were shown to affect people's decisions (reinforcement learning, inhibitory control) are related to higher level constructs, such as personality traits. I am also working on methodological approaches that can enrich the study of real world choices such as experience sampling with mobile phone diaries and through the means of wearable sensors (e.g. wearable cameras) to enhance people's reflections on their everyday behaviours/choices.
I am keen to be contacted by potential collaborators. If your research interests overlap with my work, please feel free to email me.