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Professor of Psychology, City, University of London

Emmanuel Pothos received a BSc in Physics from Imperial (1995) and DPhil in experimental psychology from Oxford (1998). At an undergraduate student at Imperial he received the Stainley Raimes Memorial Prize, for outstanding performance in first and second year mathematics. Emmanuel has worked at several universities, including Bangor University, Edinburgh University, Crete University, Swansea University, and, since 2009, City, University of London, where he has been a professor since 2014. He has been interested in several topics in cognitive science, including learning, categorization, similarity, language, and (more recently) decision making. He has been part of the quantum cognition research community from the very early days and has contributed some of the early models, for example, concerning the disjunction effect and the conjunction fallacy. He has co-authored two major reviews of the quantum cognition research programme, for the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2013) and the Annual Review of Psychology (2022). He continues to actively develop quantum cognitive models and explore the potential and boundaries of quantum theory for behavioural modelling. He has 120 journal articles has his work has been funded by several organisations, including the ESRC, the AFOSR, the ONRG, and the Leverhulme Trust.


  • –present
    Professor, City, University of London


  • 1998 
    University of Oxford , DPhil/ Experimental Psychology