Kinneret Teodorescu studies search behavior and related aspects of decision making from both psychological and economic point of views. She holds BA in psychology and economics from Tel-Aviv University (2004-2008, magna cum laude) and MSc and PhD in Behavioral Sciences from the Technion (2008-2014, summa cum laude). She spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University (2014-2016), and came back on March 2016 to start a faculty position at the Technion.

Kinneret’s main research deals with the interplay between optimal search and human behavior: Why people deviate from optimal exploration? When people do not search enough and when do they search too much? Kinneret studies both sides of the coin: (1) how computational and analytic optimal solutions to different search problems aid in understanding human cognition and behavior and also (2) how behavioral data can shed light on plausible efficient solutions. Additional questions relate to how people select their search strategies and how different contexts/environments factor into generating a set of available strategies to choose from.



Current ongoing projects:

- Learning in variable environment and the role of post-decision search (with Ke sang and Peter Todd)

- Learning to cheat: the probability of being caught Vs. the severity of punishment (with Shahar Eyal and Racheli Barkan)

- How having more options to choose from affect search behavior in competitive environments (with Yaakov Kareev, Judith Avrahami and Peter Todd)

- The effect of selective forgone information (with Ori Plonsky and Ido Erev)

- Exploration of new alternatives with and without patent protection.

- Restricting the set of available options: benefits and costs.

- How return policy changes our search before and after purchase.


Selected Publications

  • Plonsky, O., Teodorescu, K. & Erev, I. (2015): Reliance on Small Samples, the Wavy Recency Effect, and Similarity-based Learning. Psychological Review, 122(4), 621
  • Teodorescu, K & Erev, I. (2014). Learned Helplessness and Learned Prevalence: Exploring the Causal Relations Among Perceived Controllability, Reward Prevalence, and Exploration. Psychological Science, 0956797614543022.
  • Teodorescu, K. & Erev, I. (2014). On the Decision to Explore New Alternatives: The Coexistence of Under- and Over-Exploration. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 109-123.
  • Teodorescu, K., Amir, M., & Erev, I. (2013). The experience-description gap and the role of the inter decision interval. In N. Srinivasan and P. Chandrasekhar (Eds.) Progress in Brain Research: Decision Making: Neural and Behavioural Approaches. Elsevier: Oxford, UK.
  • Teodorescu, K., Bouchigny, S. & Korman, M. (2013). Training Haptic Stifness Discrimination: Time Course of Learning With or Without Visual Information and Knowledge of Results. Human Factors, 55(4), 830-840.

Contact Info

Room 308 Bloomfield Building