Barnabas Szaszi, PhD

As an economist and psychologist, his primary goal is to understand how to support vulnerable people to make better decisions. Accordingly, He investigates (a) how the interaction of thinking dynamics and individual differences lead to suboptimal decision making (b) how deprived economic position (perceived or real) deteriorates decision making, how to design environments which create more equality. He is also inerested in how psychological science can be improved.

E-mail: szaszi.barnabas at gmail.com

Education

  • 2014- PhD, Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Eotvos Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Sep 2016 – July 2017, Fulbright Visiting Fellow, Columbia University, Columbia Business Shool, New York,US
  • 2011- 2013 MA, Cognitive Psychology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2013, Aquincum Institute of Technology, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2008- 2011 BSc, Applied Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2008- 2011 BSc, Psychology, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary

Publications

  • Szaszi, B., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A., Kieslich, P. J., & Aczel, B. (2018). Thinking dynamics and individual differences: Mouse-tracking analysis of the denominator neglect task. Judgment and Decision Making, 13(1), 23.
  • Szaszi, B., Palinkas, A., Szollosi, A., Palfi, B., Aczél, B.,(2017). A Systematic Scoping Review of Choice Architecture Interventions: towards a better understanding why and when nudges work. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making Data
  • Szaszi, B., Palinkas, A., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A., & Aczel, B. (2017). Annotated bibliography of the Choice Architecture interventions from 2008 to 2016. Unpublished manuscript Annotated bibliography
  • Aczél, B., Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., (2017). Estimating the Evidential Value of Significant Results in Psychological Science. PLOS ONE Data and Analysis Code.
  • Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A., Palfi, B., Aczél, B.,(2017). The Cognitive Reflection Test Revisited: exploring the ways individuals solve the test Thinking and Reasoning Data and Analysis Code
  • Aczél, B., Szollosi, A., Pálfi, B., Szaszi, B., Kieslich, P., (in press) Is Action Execution Part of the Decision Making Process? An investigation of the Embodied Choice Hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
  • Szollosi, A., Keresztes, A., Novák, B., Szaszi, B., Kéri, Sz., Racsmány, M., (in press) The Testing Effect is Preserved in Stressful Final Testing Environment. Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Szollosi, A., Bago, B., Szaszi, B., Aczél, B., (2017). Exploring the Determinants of Confidence in the Bat-and- Ball Problem. Acta Psychologica
    Bouwmeester, S., Verkoeijen, P.J.L. … Szaszi, B…., (2017). Registered Replication Report: Rand, Greene & Nowak (2012) Perspectives in Psychological Science
  • Szaszi, B., (2016). The role of expertise and preference behind individuals’ tendency to use intuitive decision style’. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Kekecs, Z., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A., Szaszi, B., Dienes, Z., Aczel, B., (2016). Commentary: Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds. Frontiers in Neuroscience
  • Dezső, L., Loewenstein, G., Steinhart, J., Neszveda, G., & Szászi, B (2015). The pernicious role of asymmetric history in negotiations. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
  • Aczél, B., Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A., Dienes, Z. (2015). Commentary: Unlearning implicit social biases during sleep. Frontiers in Psychology.

Papers in progress

  • Szaszi, B., Aczél, B., Metacognitive Nudges.
  • Szaszi, B., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A., Kieslich, P., Aczél, B., Thinking dynamics and individual differences: mouse-tracking analysis of the ratio bias task
  • Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., Kieslich, P., Aczél, B., How to measure changing of mind using mouse tracking?
  • Aczél, B., …Szaszi, B., … Interpretation of nonsignificant results in psychological science.
  • Kekecs, Z, …Szaszi, B.,… A fully transparent pre-registered replication study of precognitive detection of reinforcement using an expert consensus design
  • Szaszi, B.*, Jachimowicz, M.*, Prabhu, J., Weber, E.U Why economic inequality makes the poor even poorer: economic inequality increases the financial hardships for low-income individuals

*denotes shared first authorship

Awards and Grants

  • Fulbright Scholarship, Columbia Business School, New York (2016-2017)
  • Hungarian Eötvös Scholarship, Columbia Business School, New York (2017)
  • Research Scholarship of the Foundation of the Hungarian Central Bank (2015-2016)
  • Travel Grant, Eotvos Lorand University (Maj. 2015; Nov. 2015)
  • International Convention of Psychological Science, Travel Grant (2015, won on lottery:)
  • Scientific Scholarship of Eotvos Lorand University (2014, 2015)
  • Campus Hungary Scholarship, Short term Study Program, Annual Conference of Society For Judgment and Decision Making (2014)
  • PhD Scholarship, Eotvos Lorand University (2014-2017)
  • 1st Place, National Scientific Student Conference, National round, Cognitive psychology, Most prestigious scientific contest for Hungarian students held in every 2. year (2013)
  • TEDxyouth@Szeged Speaker (2013)
  • Special Award, Scientific Student Conference, Institutional round (2012)
  • 3rd Place, National Scientific Student Conference, National round, Applied Psychology (2011)
  • Calazancius Award (2006)
  • member of the Hungarian national team of latin language in high school (2005)

Talks and Posters

  • Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., Kieslich, P. & Aczel, B. (2017)Tracking changes of mind through mouse movements. The 10th London Reasoning Workshop. 24-26. July 2017. London. (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Palinkas, A., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A., Salamon, J., Aczel, B. (2017). What Holds Us Back from Finding the Successful Nudge Formula? A Domain-General Scoping Review. The Nudge Conference 2017, Utrecht (Poster)
  • Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., Kieslich, P. & Aczel, B. (2017) Tracking changes of mind through mouse movements TeaP. 59th Conference of experimental psychologists. 26-29. March 2017. Dresden. (Talk)
  • Palinkas, A., Szaszi, B., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A., Zrubka, M., Kovacs, M. & Aczel, B. (2017) Using Nudges: A Scoping Review of Applied Choice Architecture Techniques ICPS 23-25. March 2017. Vienna (Poster)
  • Szaszi, B., Palinkas, A., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2017) A comprehensive review of choice architecture techniques:towards understanding when and why nudges work OK Judgment and Decision Making Conference 8. Apr 2017. Oklahoma. (Poster)
  • Szaszi, B., (2017) Are you done or do you want to think more? Investigating changes of mind in reasoning. Columbia University, Teachers College. Feb 2017. New York. (Invited Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., (2017) Current directions and methodological concerns of the choice architecture literature Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Columbia University Medical Center Jan 2017. New York. (Invited Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Palinkas, A., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2016) A comprehensive review of nudge techniques Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference 18-21. Nov 2016. Boston. (Poster)
  • Szaszi, B., (2016) The role of monitoring in decision making – basic research and potential applications. MTA TK “Lendület” RECENS Lab, Budapest,(Invited Talk)
  • Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2016) The analysis of computer mouse movements can reveal the temporal dynamics of decision evolvement in the Ratio Bias task. TeaP. 58th Conference of experimental psychologists 21-23. March 2016. Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-95853-160-4 (Talk)
  • Kovacs, M., Szecsi, P., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A., Szaszi, B., Kieslich, J. P., Aczel, B. (2016). Investigating embodied choice in the guided movement task. TeaP. 58th Conference of experimental psychologists. 21-23. March 2016. Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-95853-160-4 (Talk)
  • Aczel, B., & Szaszi, B., (2016). The role of affects in cognitive control in mouse tracking studies. Illyes days 17-18. March 2016. Budapest. (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2015). Investigating The Role of Early Selection Strategies in the Cognitive Reflection Test. Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference 20-23. Nov 2015. Chicago. (Poster)
  • Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2015) Process-tracing in the Ratio Bias paradigm Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference 20-23. Nov 2015. Chicago. (Poster)
  • Szaszi, B., Palfi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2015). Studying processes underlying CRT. SPUDM 16-20. Aug 2015. Budapest. ISBN 978-615-5270-17-8 (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2015). Multiple processes underlying decision performance on the Cognitive Reflection Test. London Reasoning Workshop 3-8. Aug 2015. London. (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A. & Aczel, B. (2015). Studying processes underlying CRT. Contextualized Decision Making Summer School. 9-15. Aug 2015. Mannheim. (Poster)
  • Szollosi, A., Szaszi, B., & Aczel, B. (2015). Determintans of Confidence in the Bat and the Ball Problem. Dubrovink Conference on Cognitive Science. Metacognition and Reasoning 21-23. May 2015. Dubrovnik. (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A., Palfi, B. & Aczel, B. (2015). “Stick or Switch”Mechanisms in Decision Making: The Moderating Role of Feeling of Rightness in Metacognitive processes. International Convention of Psychological Science. 12-14. March 2015. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Poster)
  • Szollosi, A., Palfi, B., Szaszi, B., Foldes, A. & Aczel, B. (2015). An empirical analysis of logical intuition for Conjunction Fallacy tasks. International Convention of Psychological Science. 12-14. March 2015. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Poster)
  • Szaszi, B., (2013) Testing Effect Under Stress. Scientific Student Research Conference. National Round. Eger.(Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., (2012) Testing Effect Under Stress. Scientific Student Research Conference. Institutional Round. Budapest.(Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., (2011) In the Jail of the Virtual Network. “Mindennapi Pszichológia.”
  • Szaszi, B., (2011) Projekciós torzítás vizsgálata gyermekeknél. Scientific Student Research Conference. National Round. Kecskemét .(Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Dezso L. (2010) Predicting Future Utility in Young Children. In.: XIX. Summit of the Hungarian Psychological Association. Proceedings. ISBN: 978-963-87915-3-5.
  • Szaszi, B., Dezso L. and Neszveda, G. (2010) The Opposite Pattern of predicting Future Utility in Younger and Older children. An empirical study on projection bias in children aged 8 to 18. In IAREP/SABE/ICABEEP Conference in Cologne. Proceedings. ISBN 978-3-89967-651-8. (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Dezso, L. (2010) Predicting Future Utility in Young Children. Economic Psychological Research Forum. University of Szeged. Doctoral School. (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Dezso L. (2010) Special Patterns of Predicting Future Utility. (In Hungarian) Behaviorial Economics Workshop. Corvinus University of Budapest. (Talk)
  • Szaszi, B., Dezso L. (2010) Special Patterns of Predicting Future Utility in Young Children. In Scientific Student Research Conference.Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Talk)

Teaching Experience

  • Statistics (Advanced Statistics in R, BA), autumn (2015)
  • Statistics (Introductory Statistics in SPSS, BA), spring (2015)
  • Experience and Knowledge Management, spring (for psychology students, MA), spring (2015)
  • Research Methodology (for psychology students, BA and MA) (2014-2015)

Organizing Activities

  • Hands-on Workshop for Mouse-Tracking Research using OpenSesame and R (2016)
  • DUCOG (2015) VII. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science on Metacognition and Reasoning
  • SPUDM (2015)Subjective Probability, Utility and Decision Making Conference, Budapest, EADM

Affiliations

  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Implicit Laboratory Association
  • Central European Cognitive Science Association

Skills & Experience

  • Programming languages: R
  • Software experience: SPSS, Qualtrics, Eye tracking systems of SMI, Nielsen Answers
  • English (TOEFL 610⁄677), Spanish, German, Latin

Other Professional Activities

  • 2010 – 2012 Co-Founder, Binga Co. Digital Marketing agency.

Hobby

  • Running
  • Singing in a choir
  • Playing classical guitar
  • Co-founded Hencida Folkart Association
  • Organizing “Nevesincs Pacsirták” Open University

Collaborators

  • Balazs Aczel
  • Aba Szollosi
  • Bence Bago
  • Bence Palfi
  • Attila Keresztes
  • Agnes Szollosi