Constantin A. Rothkopf, PhD

Speaker for Darmstadt

Technische Universität Darmstadt Psychology of Information Processing
Alexanderstraße 10
64283 Darmstadt

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Short info

Our research focuses on explaining human sequential visuomotor decisions and behavior under the influence of the world's uncertainties and ambiguities through computational modeling. Using the reverse-engineering approach, we devise algorithms for inferring individuals' internal models about the world, tracking their subjective beliefs over time during behavior and learning, and their internal subjective cost and benefits including effort. This naturally touches several areas including perception and actionactive inference and active visionsequential decision making under uncertaintyintuitive physics.

Our research methods both involve behavioral studies and computational modeling. We collect behavioral data in experiments ranging from every day tasks to laboratory tasks including VR in which we often measure eye and body movements as well as decisions and interactions. On the computational side, we focus on probabilistic models of sequential decision making under uncertainty.

Open Science
Engel, D., Greulich, R. S., Parola, A., Vinehout, K., Dowiasch, S., Waldthaler, J., ... & Bremmer, F. (2023).
Convolutional neural network reveals frequency content of medio-lateral COM body sway to be highly predictive of Parkinson's disease.
medRxiv, 2023-05.
Kessler, F., Frankenstein, J., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2022).
A Dynamic Bayesian Actor Model explains Endpoint Variability in Homing Tasks.
Wroblewski, A., Hollandt, M., Yang, Y., Ridderbusch, I.C., Pietzner, A., Szeska, C., Lotze, M., Wittchen, H.-U., Heinig, I., Pittig, A., Arolt, V., Koelkebeck, K., Rothkopf, C.A., Adolph, D., Margraf, J., Lueken, U., Pauli, P., Herrmann, M.J., Winkler, M.H., Ströhle, A., Dannlowski, U., Kircher, T., Hamm, A.O., Straube, B.* & Richter, J.* (2022). *contributed equally
Sometimes I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear: How Intolerance of Uncertainty and Trait Anxiety impact fear acquisition, extinction and the return of fear.
PsyArXiv Preprints
Zečević, M., Dhami, D. S., Rothkopf, C. A., & Kersting, K. (2021).
Structural Causal Interpretation Theorem.
arXiv preprint
Kadner, F., Thomas, T., Hoppe, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2023).
Improving saliency models' predictions of the next fixation with humans' intrinsic cost of gaze shifts.
In Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (pp. 2104-2114).
Rothkopf, C., Bremmer, F., Fiehler, K., Dobs, K., & Triesch, J. (2023).
Models of vision need some action.
Behavioral Brain Science, 46:e405.
Schramowski, P., Turan, C., Andersen, N., Rothkopf, C. A., & Kersting, K. (2022).
Large pre-trained language models contain human-like biases of what is right and wrong to do.
Nature Machine Intelligence, 4(3), 258-268.
Schultheis, M., Rothkopf. C. A., Koeppl, H. (2022).
Reinforcement learning with non-exponential discounting.
Neural Information Processing Systems.
Schultheis, M., Straub, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2021).
Inverse optimal control adapted to the noise characteristics of the human sensorimotor system.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 34, 9429-9442.
Straub, D., Schultheis, M., Koeppl, H., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2024).
Probabilistic inverse optimal control for non-linear partially observable systems disentangles perceptual uncertainty and behavioral costs.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 36.
Tatai, F., Straub, D., & Rothkopf, C. (2023).
People use Newtonian physics in intuitive sensorimotor decisions under risk. In
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (Vol. 45, No. 45).
Thomas, T., Straub, D., Tatai, F., Shene, M., Tosik, T., Kersting, K., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2024).
Modelling dataset bias in machine-learned theories of economic decision-making.
Nature Human Behaviour, 1-13.
Trick, S., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2022).
Bayesian Classifier Fusion with an Explicit Model of Correlation.
In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (pp. 2282-2310). PMLR.
Wroblewski, A., Hollandt, M., Yang, Y., Ridderbusch, I. C., Pietzner, A., Szeska, C., ... & Richter, J. (2022).
Sometimes I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear: How Intolerance of Uncertainty and Trait Anxiety impact fear acquisition, extinction and the return of fear.