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by Robin S. S. Kramer
Statement of Purpose
Typically, complex adaptive
system models are applied to natural phenomena, such
as the pattern of stripes on zebras
or seeds on sunflowers.
Our research goal is to apply these models to understanding how individual
people learn and perceive, and how groups of people organize themselves into
emergent structures which none of the individuals in the group may understand
or even perceive. Our laboratory is currently exploring interactions between
perceptual and conceptual learning, methods for learning abstract concepts
using computer simulations, the perception of similarity and analogy, and
group behavior from a complex systems perspective. Our typical modus operandi
is to simultaneously conduct psychological experiments on humans and develop
computational models of the observed behavior. The results from the experiments
help to constrain and inform our computational models, and the computational
models serve to organize and explain our empirical results.
10 April, 2011: Paulo Carvalho wins a four-year fellowship for graduate training by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
5 April, 2011: Thomas Wisdom wins the 2011 Indiana University Cognitive Science Program Outstanding Dissertation Award for his dissertation.
1 March, 2011: Lisa Byrge wins a 3-year National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for her research project "Embodied Transfer of Grounded Principles."
15 August, 2010: Thomas Wisdom successfully defends his dissertation "Incentives, Innovation, and Imitation: Social Learning in a Networked Group." Thomas will be a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Tatsuya Kameda at Hokkaido University in Japan.
10 July, 2008: Georg Theiner successfully defends his dissertation "From Extended Minds to Group Minds: Rethinking the Boundaries of the Mental." Georg will be a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Alberta in the Fall of 2008
8 July, 2008: Michael Roberts successfully defends his dissertation "Human Collective Behavior." Michael will be beginning life as an Assistant Professor at DePauw University in the Fall of 2008
23 August, 2007: David Landy successfully defends his dissertation: "Formal Notations as Diagrams of Abstract Structure." His dissertation wins the 2008 Indiana University Cognitive Science Program Outstanding Dissertation Award.