Publications by Danielle Navarro

One of the most venerable traditions of academia is to include a page drily listing the scholarly books and journal publications for which one is to be held responsible. One presumes that this tiresome practice establishes one’s credentials to one’s peers, who will dutifully stare at the wall of text and be impressed by the overwhelming boredom it inspires. Though I no longer darken the doorsteps of my betters in the academic world, I have not quite abandoned the practice of self-archiving my work.

Back when I was a part of that world, my academic research investigated how people learn, reason, and make choices in an uncertain world. It touched on topics in cognition, machine learning, statistics, visual perception, data visualisation, language, cultural evolution, cognitive development, and forensic psychology (I know, it’s a weird mix…). To spare the casual reader the dull exercise of reading the long list below I’ve featured few favourite projects below, but you’re welcome to browse through the more-complete list if you feel sufficiently masochistic about the whole thing.

If mathematical psychology did not exist we might need to invent it: A comment on theory building in psychology

Between the devil and the deep blue sea: Tensions between scientific judgement and statistical model selection

None of the above: A Bayesian account of the detection of novel categories

Bayesian models of cognition revisited: Setting optimality aside and letting data drive psychological theory

Listing details

On the list below you can find links to selected books and papers, most of which are freely available on PsyArXiv. From 2016 onwards the listing is relatively complete (for journal articles at least, not so much for refereed conference papers), but for anything further back only selected papers are listed. If you know anything about my personal history you can probably guess the reason why. Academia isn’t very good at accommodating a certain kind of life change, I’m afraid, and I resent having to carry a painful past with me wherever I go because my former colleagues value their metadata more than my dignity.


As much as possible each citation links to the author-accepted pdf file and the preprint on PsyArXiv. It includes links to the journal DOI for the version of record as well as the open access versions, as well as links to any supplementary materials, data sets, analyses etc, hosted on OSF or GitHub.


Accepted manuscripts











The living dead