Greta Fastrich

Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Greta obtained a German Diplom (combined Bachlor/Master's degree) in psychology from the Philipps-University Marburg in 2014. In 2015 she joined Kou Murayama's lab at the University of Reading, UK, to study intrinsic motivation. Later that year she started her PhD in the same lab with a focus on curiosity and challenge seeking behaviour. After she finished her PhD in 2019, she stayed on as a postdoctoral researcher to deepen her understanding of challenge seeking behaviour. Now she is a postdoctoral researcher in Simon Farrell's lab and investigates multiple goal-pursuit under uncertainty. 

Research interests

Decision-making and motivation are Greta's core research interests. She tries to understand different influences on the decision-making process and how decision-making can change over time through learning. For this, she is both interested in more general process as well as individual differences and use both behavioural and neuroscientific experiments (i.e. fMRI) for my studies.

During her PhD she dived into the field of curiosity research and intrinsic motivation. She looked at why and how people sample information about topics, how this leads to memory improvement and how information sampling changes over time. Additionally, she is interested in when people willingly put effort into a task (e.g. solving riddles) without any obvious external gain (e.g. money).

Currently, her research focusses on understanding goal pursuit under environmental and social uncertainty (see below). 

Current projects

At UWA, Greta studies people’s decision-making in the context of multi-goal pursuit. Here, she investigates how people prioritise goals when they have limited resources to pursue goals of different value and risk. The project both investigates environmental risk (uncertain progress, uncertain deadlines etc.) as well as social risks (e.g. competing with someone else about a goal). Greta aims to both look at general strategies used by participants and individual differences in preferences and learning/adaptation.

Research expertise keywords

  • Decision-making
  • Curiosity
  • Goal Pursuit
  • Intrinsic Motivation

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