Brenden Lake in Science and the NYTimes (among other outlets).- 12.10.2015


Todd will be talking about some of our research at the psychology department at RPI, Oct 21st.- 10.19.2015


Todd will be talking about some of our research at the psychology department at Rutgers Newark, May 27th.- 5.26.2015


Congratulations to lab affiliate Brenden Lake who will receive the 2015 Robert J. Glusko dissertation prize for his thesis work at MIT! - 4.15.2015










What is the best, general purpose counterbalancing algorithm for experiment designs?- 4.30.2014 (David)


On the identifiability of parameters in reinforcement learning models: a simulation study. - 10.21.2013 (David)








The Psychology Department in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in decision-making, neuroeconomics, and/or reinforcement learning.- 11.2.2015 (Todd)


unnamed former student (john mcdonnell) solves big problems using behavioral data and math.- 8.12.2014 (Todd)


Interested in online data collection? Help us help you! Fill out quick survey on your needs/interests. Please share!- 3.14.2014 (Todd)


Sunny sunday hack: custom programmable slide decks.- 9.22.2013 (Todd)


Check out this short movie trailer for the "Robots, Brains, and the Human Mind" course at NYU.- 5.23.2013 (Todd)


Richard Feynman on the value of incremental science and the dangers of "Cargo Cult Science" - 3.26.2013 (Todd)


Amazon's Mechanical Turk (AMT) now has a official blog that publishes information relevant to academic researchers (e.g., how to improve data quality). (RT experimentalturk)- 9.5.2012 (Todd)


Software to watch: the Julia Language. A high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing. (via Nathaniel Daw)- 7.15.2012 (Todd)


Interview with the lead developer of OpenSesame a graphic Python-based system for designing psychology experiments.- 7.12.2012 (Todd)




Translating Cognitive Science to EdTech: Searching for Impact

I'm a post-doc in the Gureckis lab working on translating some of the ideas in cognitive science in educationally-relevant directions. In this post, I will describe my own journey within the Gureckis lab to bridge this gap!


Hugo and George at the D.C. Summit

Read on to learn about egoTeach, our entry into the Global Learning XPrize!

Online data collection survey results

Recently we sent out a short survey to gauge behavioral researchers' interest in online data collection and the types of tools they're looking for. We received 201 responses from the psychology, linguistics, marketing, neuroscience, and economics communities.

Read on for the complete results and some thoughts.

Announcing psiTurk 2.0!

The lab is proud to announce that we have released psiTurk 2.0, the latest version of our framework for running experiments online using Mechanical Turk. This represents a large effort in the lab featuring over 1000 commits on github from 9 contributors.

Along with the release of the software we have launch psiturk.org, a web service that facilitates online data collection. The website is home to extensive documentation of the psiTurk code as well as a new “experiment exchange” where you can find psiTurk-compatible experiments, download their code, and replicate or extend them for your own research purposes.

Read about the new features.

Postdoc at the intersection of cognitive development and computational cognitive science

Marjorie Rhodes and I have been awarded a grant to explore the nature of human understanding via the John Templeton Foundation (the Varieties of Understanding project). As part of this project we will be able to hire a post-doctoral researcher who will work with us to conduct the proposed studies. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in find out how to apply!

When does a rational model “fit”?

Rational models of cognition are an important theoretical tool for describing and explaining human learning, judgment, and inference. However, when does one conclude that a rational model provides a good/great/excellent fit to behavior (and therefore that people are "rational")? Read our recent thinking on this.