Agnieszka Tymula, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Sydney, School of Economics
Visiting Affiliated Faculty, IISDM, New York University
While studying economics as a graduate student at Bocconi University and a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, Dr Tymula became convinced that understanding the biological constraints of human decision-making will ultimately be a fruitful way to constrain economic theory and experiments. In order to gain that understanding, she completed post-doctoral training in neuroscience at New York University.
Dr Tymula’s work focuses on the biological foundations of economic preferences and factors that explain systematic heterogeneity in decision-making both between individuals (e.g. age, gender, neuroanatomy, and socio-economic variables) and within individuals (e.g. thirst, context and feedback). Her work has been funded through grants from the Australian Research Council, AXA Research Fund and Templeton Foundation and published in journals including PNAS, Management Science, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Neuroscience. Dr Tymula’s research has been featured in popular international media such as Time magazine, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC News, and Businessweek. Dr Tymula’s ultimate goal is to relate insights from her research to policy.