… 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.
We are looking for prospective PhD students to join our lab in the fall 2020! If you’re interested in joining us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Rotating graduate student
I’m a Computer Science PhD student focusing on Artificial Intelligence. I’m interested in allowing AI systems to have causal reasoning capabilities. I received my master of science in Symbolic Systems. I like to solve puzzles in my spare time.Personal website
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