Dr Chris Donkin

Dr Chris Donkin

Dr Chris Donkin

Senior Lecturer

B.Psych (Hons I), University of Newcastle, 2005
B.Math, University of Newcastle, 2006
Ph.D., University of Newcastle, 2010
Post-doc, Indiana University, 2010-2011

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 9444
Email: Dr Chris Donkin
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 706

Research Summary

Research Areas: Memory; Choice; Response Times; Decision-making; Models of Cognition; Categorization; Bayesian Statistics.

Current Research Projects:
Project: Understanding Working Memory
Project: Decision Making: Big and Small
Project: Computational Models of Cognition

Research Lab: Chris Donkin


Statistics; Cognitive Science


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Donkin, C., Kary, A., Tahir, F., & Taylor, R. (2016). Resources masquerading as slots: Flexible allocation of visual working memory. Cognitive Psychology, 85, 30-42.

Vlassova, A., Donkin, C., & Pearson, J. (2014). Ghosts in the brain: Accumulating unconscious information boosts decision making. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 16214-16218.

Donkin, C., Nosofsky, R. M., Gold, J., & Shiffrin, R. M. (2013). Discrete-slots models of visual working-memory response times. Psychological Review, 120, 873-902.

Donkin, C. & Nosofsky, R. M.(2012). A power-law model of psychology memory strength in short-term and long-term recognition. Psychological Science, 23, 625-634.

Nosofsky, R. M., Little, D. R., Donkin, C. & Fific, M. (2011). Short-Term memory scanning viewed as exemplar-based categorization. Psychological Review, 118, 280-315.

Brown, S., Marley, A. A. J., Donkin, C., & Heathcote, A. (2008). An integrated architecture for absolute identification, Psychological Review, 115(2), 396-425.

For a full listing of all my publications, please view my website: Chris Donkin

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Steve Yantis Early Career Award (Psychonomic Society)

William K Estes Early Career Award (Society for Mathematical Psychology)

ARC Discovery Project "Towards a process model of visual working memory" $295,000. 2017-2019. DP170101684. CIs: C. Donkin, M. Le Pelley.

ARC Discovery Project "Unifying decisions from experience and description" $290,558, 2016-2018. DP160101186. CIs: B. R. Newell, C. Donkin.

ARC Discovery Project “A new approach to understanding decision making” $229,000.00,
2013-2015, DP130100124. CIs: C. Donkin, S. D. Brown, Partner Investigators: G. Logan.

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award “A model based approach to investigating
short-term memory: Exploiting response time distributions” $374,943.00, 2013-2015,
DE130100129. C. Donkin (Fellowship).

"The form of short-term memory scanning: an investigation based on response time distributions" awarded Best Article in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review in 2012.

Affiliations & Memberships

Psychonomic Society; Society of Mathematical Psychology

Current Research Students


Arthur Kary, co-supervised with B. R. Newell - Judgement and Category Learning

Jeremy Ngo - Decision-Making


Ashley Luckman, 2016, co-supervised with B. R. Newell. - Risky and Inter-temporal Choices

Other Information

Associate Editor, Behavior Research Methods, 2014- 

Associate Editor, Experimental Psychology, 2015-

Consulting Editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 2015- 

Editorial Board, Journal of Memory and Language, 2015-

Consulting Editor, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2016-

Personal Links

Personal Homepage: http://www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/CDonkin/