Leonidas Doumas


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My research is focused on answering the questions: What do human mental representations look like, and how do we learn them? I employ both empirical and formal (developing process level computational models) methods to investigate these issues. Broadly, I am interested in how humans learn structured representations, specifically relational representations (like “above”, “chases”, “ameliorates”), from unstructured examples, and use these representations in the service of solving problems. More specifically, my research has explored how children and adults learn relational concepts, how children develop the ability to reason by analogy, and how children and adults learn to recognize melody. More recently I have started work exploring how children and adults learn to reason about mathematical operations like addition and multiplication, and developing training regimens (motivated by predictions from a computational model for relation learning I have developed) to teach college age students fractions and how to reason from deductive syllogisms.


(2000) B.S. Psychology, University of Laverne, Athens, Greece.

(2002) M.A Cognitive Psychology, UCLA

(2005) PhD Cognitive Psychology (Developmental Psychology Minor), UCLA


Visiting and Research Positions

(2005-2008) Post-doctoral Scientist, Indiana University, Bloomington USA

(2008-2013) Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

(2012-2013) Member of Graduate faculty, Dept of Linguistics, University of Hawaii at Manoa

(2013-) Lecturer, Dept of Psychology, School of PPLS, University of Edinburgh



Univeristy of Hawaii:

Cognitive Psychology (undergraduate)

Methodological Foundations  of Psychology (graduate)

Introduction to Quantitative Methods (stats I - Graduate) w/laboratory for Introduction to Quantitative Methods: Computing Methods for Statistical Analysis (R programming langauge for analysis of psychological data: Graduate)

Cognition (graduate)

Seminar in Architectures of Cognition (graduate)

Neural Networks (undergraduate/graduate)

Formal systems for Scientific Reasoning (undergraduate)

University of Edinburgh:

Year-1 Developmental Psychology module

Year-3 Developmental Psychology module course organizer and some lectures from module

Year-3 Literature Review

Year-4 Dissertation project

MSc Dissertation project


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of California, Los Angeles

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005


  • BF Psychology
  • cognitive
  • cognition
  • development
  • neural networks
  • relational reasoning
  • learning
  • learning structured representations
  • cognitive science
  • analogy


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