Broadly, I am interested in studying the cognitive processes underlying efficient and strategic human communication. More specifically, I am currently fascinated by adaptive and recursive social inferential processes, i.e. I think about you thinking about me thinking about you, etc.; and what information we know individually and in combination gets updated over the course of an interaction. Methodologically, I employ computational models, corpus analysis, and behavioral experiments. Theoretically, I am inspired by Bayesian inference, pragmatics, and game and information theory. Essentially, I am continually impressed that humans have the cognitive capabilities to teach (and learn), to deceive (and detect deception), and to selectively transmit (and selectively receive) relevant information.
Previously I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester in 2018, majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Linguistics, and Statistics, and minoring in Computer Science. During my time there, I primarily conducted research with Steve Piantadosi (colala) and Florian Jaeger (HLP Lab).