Our research aims to understand how richly structured knowledge about the environment is acquired, and how this knowledge aids adaptive behavior. We use a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging and computational techniques to pursue these questions. One prong of this research focuses on how humans and animals discover the hidden states underlying their observations, and how they represent these states. In some cases, these states correspond to complex data structures, like graphs, grammars or
We are interested in what factors drive people to sometimes seek out information, and other times avoid it. People frequently spend time and resources seeking out information that is useless except for satisfying curiosity. Read more about Reward Outcome Information Preferences
The SCAN lab uses functional neuroimaging and behavioral methods to study social cognition. In particular we study how people infer the thoughts, feelings and opinions of others (i.e., how we mentalize), how people understand the self and how people understand social groups and social categories.
This project seeks to describe messages about inequality, political corruption, and state social spending that Pentecostal churches are dispensing in Sub-Saharan Africa, and to understand how these messages are affecting citizens’ political attitudes and behavior.
To that end, part of the project involves the development of a database of sermon texts from a representative sample of Pentecostal churches in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as a laboratory experiment at the Busara Center in Nairobi. I seek an RA to help with preparing the database of