University of Hertfordshire

Emeritus Prof Diana Kornbrot

Emeritus Professor


Research interests

Mathematical Models of the Psychology of Thinking

  • Decision Making: weighing up uncertainy and cost benefit
  • Modelling time to make perceptual and action decisions
  • Psychophysics of vision, audition, value, utility, pleasure & pain

Statistical Methodology

  • Theory: design & analysis of ordinal measures, e.g. 1-5, 0r 1-7 scales of agreement or approval
  • Application: National Student Survey
  • Application: Neurophysiological & brain measures
  • Application: Physiological markers of cancer
  • Guidelines: Design & analyses that include effect size and power

Human Computer Interaction

  • Evaluation of human performance with technology
  • Statistical analyses of humanperformance
  • Technology for blind and visually impaired people

Higher Education & Technology

  • Use of semi-automatic assessment & feedback
  • Physics and statistics education

Evolutionary Psychology of Counterintuitive Cultural Practices

  • Poor families killing girl-children
  • Institutionalized child abuse
  • Honour killing and violence
  • Group differences at the group level: gender and ethnicity

Teaching specialisms

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychophysics
  • HumanComputer Interaction
  • Statistics
  • Mathematical Modelling

Commercial and public engagement


Athena Swan Panellist


  • Associate Editor, British Journal of Mathematical¬† Statistical Psychology
  • President International Society for Psychophysics 2006 - 2008