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I want to understand why people are so smart and computers are not (or vice versa!). In my research, I primarily study human learning, memory, and decision processes. My research approach combines behavioral studies and computational modeling. Our modeling approaches are directly inspired by research in computer science on machine learning and artificial intelligence. Recent efforts in the lab are directed at understanding how people actively explore their environment when learning, how they generate and test hypotheses about the world, how they learn abstract concepts from concrete examples, and the influence of concept learning on perception.

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Brenden is a Moore-Sloan Data Science Fellow at the NYU Center for Data Science with an affiliation with the lab. Brenden's work aims to build computational models of our everyday cognitive abilities, focusing on problems that are easier for people than they are for machines

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Shannon is a post-doctoral researcher in the lab. He received his PhD in 2014 with Lila Davachi at NYU. His research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying episodic memory formation and retrieval. Recent work in the lab is exploring the neural and cognitive organization of semantic memory leveraging large scale crowdsourcing technologies.

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Neil is a Moore-Sloan post-doctoral associate in the lab. He received his PhD in 2017 with David Lagnado and Peter Dayan at University College London. His research uses interactive online experiments and games combined with computational and cognitive modelling to better understand how people learn, represent, and reason about the world.

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Anna is a fifth year grad student in the Cognition and Perception program at NYU. Anna earned a Masters in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at UCL. Prior to that she completed a degree in Philosophy and Social Sciences at Humboldt University (Berlin) and an internship at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition in the Max-Planck Institute of Human Development.

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I am a fourth year graduate student in the Cognition and Perception program at NYU. I earned my B.A. in mathematics and cognitive science at Williams College in 2013. I'm interested in how people interact with and learn from their environment, and how their decisions affect what they learn.

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Anselm is a third year graduate student.

David is a third year graduate student.

Research Assistants

Lab Alumni

George Kachergis - Post-doc, developmental computational cognitive scientist (Spring 15-Summer 16), now Asst. Professor, Department of AI, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior, Radboud University
Doug Markant - Grad Student, active learning researcher (Fall 08 - Fall14), now postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Adaptive Rationality, within the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin
John V. McDonnell - Grad Student, crowd-sourcing categorization researcher (Fall 08 - Summer 13), fellow at Insight Data Science Program, now data scientist at Square
Mordechai Juni - Grad Student, psychophysics-decision making researcher (Fall 08 - Summer 12), now post-doc at UC Santa Barbara
Jay Martin - Grad student, machine learning, crowdsourcing, web programming, psiturk building extraordinare, (Fall 09 - Fall14), now data scientist at Stitch Fix
Nathaniel Blanco - Lab Manager/RA (Fall 09 - Summer 12), now grad student at UT Austin
Patricia Chan - Research Assistant/Lab Manager, (Summer 12 - Fall 14)
Carol Jew - Research Assistant, (Summer 11 - Spring 12), now grad student at University of Rochester
Devin Domingo - Honors research student (Fall 11 - Spring 12), now at Apple, Inc.
Jerad Fields - Grad Student, Bayesian modeler (Summer 09-Fall 10)
Rebecca Bainbridge - Research Assistant (Spring 09, Fall09), honors research student, now undergrad researcher at NYU
Sabina Tomkins - Research Assistant 2012-2013, now phd student at UC Santa Cruz (Engineering)
Megan Patterson - Research Assistant (2010-2011)
Ben Goldberg - Research Assistant (Fall10)
Lisa Zaval - Lab Manager (08-Summer 09), now grad student at Columbia
Louis Tur - Lab Programmer (08-09), now at Apple, Inc.
Andrew Cohen - Research Assistant (Summer-Fall09)
Jared Johnson - Research Assistant (Fall09)
Lani Lei - Research Assistant (Fall09)


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