Diana Kornbrot

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Diana Kornbrot
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CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationPhD in mathematical psychology
Alma materColumbia University
  • Psychophysicist
  • Emeritus Professor

Diana Kornbrot is a psychophysicist and Emeritus Professor of mathematical psychology at the University of Hertfordshire [1]. Her research focuses on decision making, quality evidence and the mathematical modelling of cognitive processes [2].

Career and Contribution

Kornbrot studied as an undergraduate physicist at Bristol University, followed by a Masters at University of London (Chelsea College). She completed her PhD in mathematical psychology at Colombia University, before joining the University of Hertfordshire as a Lecturer in 1974 [3].

Her research encompasses statistical inference, mathematical modelling of judgement and decision making [4], thinking, perception and magnitude estimation [5] and the psychophysics of time perception [6]. She was part of the study that discovered that people with depression had a more accurate perception of time than non-depressed people - a concept termed 'depressive realism' [7]. She has also worked with the Sensory Disabilities Research Unit (SDRU) and was involved in a number of projects related to disability and accessibility [8].

Kornbrot was has held the position of President of the International Society for Psychophysics from 2006 to 2008, and organiser of the 2006 Fechner Day conference [9]. She is a former Head of the Health and Human Science Research Institute, and Associate Editor for the British Journal of Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology [10], as well as Chair for the Maths, Stats and Computing section of the British Psychological Society. Her researched has been supported by grants from a variety of sources including the NHS, the Royal Society and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) [11]. Currently, she is working on the London Accessibility Universal Dreams (LAUD) project to make the London Underground universally pushchair and wheelchair accessible [12], and holds a position as a Research Ethics Methodology expert on UK NHS Research Ethics Committee [13].


  1. "Researcher Development Programme 2019-2020".
  2. "Emeritus Prof Diana Kornbrot - Research Database - University of Hertfordshire".
  3. "PeerJ - Profile - Diana Kornbrot".
  4. Kornbrot, Diana (1994). "The Utility of Categorising Multidimensional Mathematical Models in Psychology. Review of Multidimensional Models of Perception and Cognition, by F. Gregory Ashby". Journal of Mathematical Psychology. 38 (3): 392–406. doi:10.1006/jmps.1994.1028.
  5. "Profile – Secrets and Lies of Maths".
  6. "Loop | Diana Kornbrot".
  7. "Depressed people have a more accurate perception of time".
  8. "REF Case study search".
  9. "Diana.Kornbrot – the International Society for Psychophysics".
  10. "PeerJ - Profile - Diana Kornbrot".
  11. "Researcher Development Programme 2019-2020".
  12. "Profile – Secrets and Lies of Maths".
  13. "PeerJ - Profile - Diana Kornbrot".

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