Stefan Scherbaum is Junior Professor for Psychological Research Methods and Computational Cognitive Modelling at Technische Universität Dresden.
In his research, Stefan aims to use complex systems theory to study social interaction processes, decision making, and cognitive control processes. Concerning cognitive control, he is interested in the balance between focusing and letting loose attention while solving cognitive tasks. Concerning decision making, he investigates intertemporal decision making – how we choose between immediate but small and delayed but large gains – using computer game-like virtual environments. Concerning social interaction, he studies how decisions change when we decide together and how we coordinate our actions, e.g. when playing simple games from improvisational theatre. He develops and applies dynamical methods and dynamical computational models to study these topics.
Beyond his research, Stefan plays and teaches improvisational theatre in his group Freie Spielkultur. As a systemic therapist, he investigates together with his wife, Maja Dshemuchadse, how aspects of improvisational theatre can cross-fertilize with therapeutic interventions and inspire a flexible, empathic, and congruent therapeutic attitude.
Stefan studied computer science in media at Furtwangen University of Applied Science and cognitive science at Osnabrück University and the University of Otago, New Zealand. He obtained his PhD in psychology at Technische Universität Dresden in 2010. For his Dissertation he was awarded the best dissertation prize of the general psychology division (FGAP) of the German Psychological Association (DGPS). In 2014, Stefan was appointed Junior Professor at Technische Universität Dresden.