Our group has specialised for more than 25 years in experimental research on human behaviour and cognition, specifically the study of learning processes, cognitive biases, and decision-making. In recent years, we have focused our research on the cognitive biases or errors that occur in learning causal and predictive relationships. This has also led us to explore various aspects of the illusion of control and causality bias, as well as various more applied aspects that derive directly from the above, such as the development of superstitious beliefs and the advance of pseudoscience and misinformation in today's society. This has important applications in a wide range of fields such as public health, political decisions, and various psychological aspects related to the use of the Internet and technology.

Research area

Contingency learning (learning causal and predictive relationships, cognitive biases, literacy learning, pseudoscience and misinformation).
* Team recognised by the Basque Government


Principal Investigator
Helena Matute

Research team
Mario Álvarez
Edurne Goikoextea
Ujué Agudo
Marcos Díaz
Ane Miren Uribe
Aranzazu Viñas
Ion Yarritu
Lucía Vicente
Naroa Martínez