2019 FACULTY

ALISON

GOPNIK

UC-Berkeley

My research explores how children create intuitive theories about the world, other people, and themselves.

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ANDREW

WHITEN

University of St Andrews

My research focuses on the evolution of social learning, traditions and culture, which I study in human and non-human primates, especially chimpanzees.

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BRIAN

BRUYA

Eastern Michigan University

I try to relate ideas from the rich wellspring of ancient Chinese philosophy to contemporary theories, spanning the fields of metaphysics, moral psychology, attention theory, and aesthetics.

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CHRIS

KUPENYE

University of St Andrews

I am interested in the cognitive abilities that shape social complexity in humans and other animals, and their evolutionary origins. Focusing chiefly on humans and the other great apes, my work integrates theory and method from both biological anthropology and comparative psychology.

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DORIT​

BAR-ON

University of Connecticut

One of my main current areas of research lies at the intersection of philosophy of language & mind, linguistics, and comparative psychology: understanding continuities and discontinuities between animal communication and linguistic communication.

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​ERICA CARTMILL

UCLA

I study the acquisition and evolution of human language. My work bridges anthropology and psychology and involves both comparative and developmental approaches to communication.

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​JACOB

FOSTER

UCLA

I am interested in the birth, life, and death of ideas. Fundamentally, I aim to understand the social world as constituted by, and constitutive of, ideas, beliefs, and practices. 

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JESSICA

HAMRICK

DeepMind

I study human and machine intelligence by drawing on machine learning to build new cognitive models, and by using inspiration from cognitive science to develop more sophisticated AI algorithms. My research focuses on physical reasoning, mental simulation, and reinforcement learning.

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JOANNA BRYSON

University of Bath

My principle scientific passion is understanding cognition. I have long used artificial intelligence (AI) models as part of my research method. Understanding how AI alters human societies is now one of my principle research areas.

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JOHN

TRUESWELL

University of Pennsylvania

 

My research is about language and thought, and the relation between the two. In particular, I study the mental computations and representations that support human understanding of the world and human linguistic communication.

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JOSEP

CALL

University of St. Andrews

 

My research focuses on technical and social problem solving in animals with a special emphasis on the great apes. Ultimately, my goal is to elucidate how cognition evolves.

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JOSH

TENENBAUM

MIT

 

My colleagues and I seek to understand the everyday inductive leaps humans make in computational terms, which we apply to building powerful learning machines.

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KEVIN

LALAND

University of St. Andrews

 

My research focuses on the evolutionary origins of the human mind and culture, which I investigates through a combination of comparative experiments on animals and mathematical/statistical analyses.

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LUKE
RENDELL

University of St. Andrews

 

My research is largely centred around the evolution of learning, behaviour and communication, with a special focus on marine mammals.

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MALINDA

CARPENTER

University of St Andrews

 

I am interested in social-cognitive development in infants and young children, and in making comparisons between ape and human social cognition.

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MARION

FOURCADE

UC-Berkeley

I study the new forms of social stratification and morality associated with the rise the personal data economy and the generalization of predictive analytics.

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MARTA

HALINA

Cambridge University

 

I conduct philosophical and empirical work in psychology and biology. I am particularly interested in nonhuman animal and artificial minds and the methods we use to learn about them.

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OMAR

LIZARDO

UCLA

My empirical work contributes to several fields, including cultural sociology, cognitive sociology, and network science. My theoretical work deals with general issues in classical and contemporary social theory, with an emphasis on the link between practices, culture, cognition, and institutions.

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PETER

TODD

Indiana University

 

I study the evolved cognitive mechanisms that humans and other organisms (terrestrial or otherwise) use to meet the challenges posed by their environments, including finding and choosing mates, food, information, and other resources.

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​RAIA

HADSELL

DeepMind

 

I lead a scientific team at DeepMind working on embodied artificial intelligence. My research into lifelong learning and navigation advances the state of the art in machine learning algorithms and robotics while also enabling new opportunities to understand our own intelligence.

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​STEPHEN VAISEY

Duke University

 

The main goal of my research is to understand moral and political beliefs: what they are, where they come from, and what they do.

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SUE

HEALY

University of St. Andrews

I investigate cognitive abilities in non-model organisms such as hummingbirds, zebra finches and bowerbirds and I am especially interested in 'animal cognition in the wild.

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TERRENCE

DEACON

UC-Berkeley

I am interested in evolution-like processes at many levels, including their role in embryonic development, neural signal processing, language change, and social processes, and how these different processes interact and depend on each other.

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THOMAS 

BUGNYAR

University of Vienna

I am interested in social behaviour and the evolution of complex cognition. I pursue an integrative approach, combining concepts and methods of behavioural biology and comparative psychology.

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previous faculty:

2018