… and how we do it
Some of the questions that guide our research:
In our research, we formalize people’s mental models as computational models that yield quantitative predictions about a wide range of situations. To test these predictions, we use a combination of large-scale online experiments, interactive experiments in the lab, and eye-tracking experiments.
I am interested in how people hold others responsible, how these judgments are grounded in causal representations of the world, and supported by counterfactual simulations. I also like to drink tea.Personal website
I did my undergraduate study in philosophy and my graduate study in computer science. I’m interested in work that integrates the methods and questions of these disciplines to understand the mind. I like to drink water.
I am a rising junior at Stanford University. I am interested in Computer Science, Math, and Cognitive Science - which I plan to pursue with a career as a Data Scientist. Outside of these interests, I also enjoy playing the piano, dancing, reading, and eating exorbitant amounts of sugar.
I am visiting the CICL for three months. I recently graduated with my masters in Psychology from the University of Göttingen (Germany) and will start my PhD at UC Berkeley this fall. One of my interests is how causal and normative judgments are affected by the social contexts in which they are made. I also like to study causal and social cognition from a developmental perspective. I enjoy drinking coffee.
I am a psychology PhD student at University College London (UCL) with Prof. David Lagnado and currently visiting the Causality in Cognition Lab. My PhD research investigates how “soft” factors, e.g. the norm-related features of a causal context, change the way we think about the cause of an event, and whether (and, if so, to what extent) counterfactual theories of causation can capture this. I enjoy eating chocolate.
I am a rising junior at the University of Michigan majoring in computational cognitive science, interdisciplinary physics with a focus in physics and philosophy, and minoring in computer science. I am interested in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of these fields. I plan to pursue graduate studies in computational cognitive science.
I am a rising junior at Minerva Schools at KGI majoring in computer science with double concentrations in AI and data science, and minoring in cognitive psychology. I am curious about how the human mind constructs causal models to understand the world, and to what extent machines can learn and adapt to this incredible ability. I love all sorts of tea (and boba, of course!).
I am a rising senior at Stanford majoring in psychology with an interest in neuroscience, sleep, and emotion regulation. I am interested in how brain injuries, in conjunction with innate factors, can influence daily lives. I think carbonated water is an underrated drink.
I am a PhD student studying cognitive neuroscience primarily in the Gardner lab. I am interested in sensory cue combination and how sensory reliability is represented in the brain.
I’m a third-year PhD student interested in how people understand abstract concepts, such as personal identity and philosophical/literary ideas. In the CiCl lab, I’m working on building computational causal networks of how mental representations of abstract concepts originate from beliefs about small, concrete things.Personal website
I’m a Psychology PhD student primarily in the CoCoLab. I’m interested in how vague language gets resolved by context, and in particular the semantics and pragmatics of causal language. I’m also interested in sentence meaning representation and discourse relations, especially causal relations.Personal website
I’m a PhD student in the PDP lab. My research is on computational cognitive modeling, that is, identifying psychological constructs and understanding their mechanisms through computer models such as neural networks. In particular, I am interested in logical and mathematical reasoning which are essential cognitive faculties for inference, problem solving, and decision making.
Some of the people we work with