I am PhD Student in the psychology department at Stanford University, advised by Professor Noah Goodman. Before starting my PhD, I was an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, where I studied computer science and cognitive scienceand worked with Professors Yang Xu, Joseph Jay Williams, Daphna Buchsbaum, and Falk Lieder.
My research focuses on understanding human reasoning and cultural learning. I am interested in the question of why reasoning enables us to make better inferences that we generally make directly: we don’t get any new data from the world when we reason, so what does it do for us? On the cultural learning side, I study how constraints on how much information one generation can transmit to the next shape the trajectory of intergenerational learning. These topics intersect in questions about how cultural learning can produce abstractions that are useful to reasoning and how examples of successful reasoning from previous generations can inform how we reason. I use a combination of computational modelling and behavioral experiments to answer these questions.
Why think step by step? Reasoning emerges from the locality of experienceAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 2023
Cultural reinforcement learning: a framework for modeling cumulative culture on a limited channelIn Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2023
Resource-rational Models of Human Goal PursuitTopics in Cognitive Science, 2022