Azzurra Ruggeri

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Research Group Leader
Max Planck Research Group iSearch - Information Search, Ecological and Active Learning Research with Children

+49 30 82406-268
ruggeri [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Short CV: 

Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow • University of California, Berkeley (December, 2013 - November, 2016)
Fei Xu, Tania Lombrozo, Alison Gopnik

Ph.D. in Psychology • Humboldt University of Berlin (December, 2012)
Gerd Gigerenzer, Konstantinos Katsikopoulos 
Thesis: Opening Up the Cuebox: A Developmental Perspective

Ph.D. in Cognitive Science • University of Siena (June, 2012)
Advisor: Alessandro Innocenti
Thesis: New perspectives on children development: Tracing causes, generating hypothesis, making tragic choices.

M.A. in Philosophy • Decision Making and Philosophy of Science • University of Pisa (July, 2008)
Advisor: Tiziano Raffaelli
Thesis: Bounded Rationality and Fast and Frugal Heuristics


Research Interests: 

My research focuses on how children and adults actively search for information when making decisions, drawing causal inferences and solving categorization tasks. Search strategies, as any other kind of strategies, are not always effective, because their efficiency depends on the domain and on the tasks structure. In this sense, I am interested in how adaptive children and adults’ search for information strategies are, how sensitive and responsive they are to various characteristics and to the structure of the tasks. I am interested in how activelysearching for information, being able to generate the information we are interested in and to focus on what we consider most relevant, can impact our learning, understanding and explanations. 

Selected Literature: 

Ruggeri, A., Sim, Z. L., & Xu, F. (in press). "Why is Toma late to school again?" Preschoolers identify the most informative questions. Developmental Psychology.

Ruggeri, A., Gummerum, M., Luan, S., & Keller, M. (in press). The influence of adult and peer models on children’s and adolescents’ sharing decisions. Child Development.

Ruggeri, A., Lombrozo, T., Griffiths, T. L., & Xu, F.  (2016) Sources of developmental change in the efficiency of information search. Developmental Psychology, 52(12), 2159-2173. doi: 10.1037/dev0000240

Horn, S. S., Ruggeri, A., & Pachur, T. (2016). The development of adaptive decision making: Recognition-based inference in children and adolescents. Developmental Psychology52(9), 1470–1485. doi: 10.1037/dev0000181

Markant, D. B., Ruggeri, A., Gureckis, T. M., & Xu, F. (2016). Enhanced Memory as a Common Effect of Active Learning. Mind, Brain, and Education10(3), 142–152. doi: 10.1111/mbe.12117

Ruggeri, A.,& Lombrozo, T. (2015). Children adapt their questions to achieve efficient search. Cognition143, 203–216. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.07.004