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Research Interests

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



University of Edinburgh:

I regularly teach:

I lecture on the dapr1-3 courses, and regularly course organise either dapr1 or dapr2. 

Honours course in Neural network modelling. 

Year-4 Psychology seminar

Year-4 Dissertation project

MSc Dissertation project

Previously I have tought:

Year-1 Developmental Psychology module

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

Year-3 Literature Review

Year-3 Option course in 


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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