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Peter M. Todd

Professor of Informatics

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Contact Information

pmtodd [at]
(812) 855-3914
Psychology 369

Other Titles and Honors

  • Professor of Cognitive Science
  • Professor of Psychology


  • Ph.D. in Psychology at Stanford University, 1992
  • M.Phil in Computer Speech/Language Processing at Cambridge University, 1986
  • B.A. in Mathematics at Oberlin College, 1985


  • H241 Food for Thought: Cognitive Science of Eating
  • Q400 Cognitive Science Capstone
  • Q510/P595 Professional Development


Peter M. Todd grew up in Silicon Valley in California, studied mathematics and electronic music at Oberlin College in Ohio, received an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University, and developed neural network models of the evolution of learning for his PhD in psychology at Stanford University. In 1995 he moved to Germany to help found the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC), based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. The Center's work was captured in the book Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart (Gigerenzer, Todd, and the ABC Research Group; Oxford, 1999); the sequel, Ecological Rationality: Intelligence in the World, covering information-environment structures and their impact on decision making, is being finalized. In 2005, Todd moved to Indiana University in Bloomington as Professor of Informatics, Cognitive Science, and Psychology and set up the ABC-West lab there.

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