I study social cognition and interaction from a computational and empirical perspective. The focus of my research is on how people interact with one another (and other intelligent systems like animals or machines) in order to teach, learn, communicate, and coordinate. In no particular order, some questions I've worked on include:
- What makes cultural learning possible? That is, how do people pass knowledge, skills, and values onto others?
- How do people use rewards and punishments to teach?
- What is the difference between doing something and showing someone how to do something?
- How do people work together and learn norms?
- What do we need in order to design machines that can learn socially (and perhaps even teach)?
I'm currently a post-doc with Tom Griffiths and Sanjit Seshia's groups as part of the NSF's VeHICal grant based out of UC Berkeley.
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