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Neil Bramley

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

I am keen to supervise MSc and PhD students interested in cognitive science related topics. Particular interests for me are causality, active learning, control and hypothesis generation.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University College London
Constructing the world
Master of Research, University College London
Master of Science, University College London
Bachelor of Arts, University of Glasgow

Biography

The central goal of my research is to better understand the algorithms, processes and representations that underpin human intelligence. I generally approach this problem by developing computational theories of human learning representation and control.  I design challenging and interactive tasks that distill elements of the challenges faced by natural cognition and have people and my models attempt to solve them. By comparing the behaviour of models to that of people, we can gain insight into the mechanisms that people use to to solve problems and adapt their behaviour. As well as helping to understand human intelligence, insights from my research inform the development of artificial systems capable of learning and behaving in more flexible and human-like ways.

Check out my lab website at https://bramleylab.ppls.ed.ac.uk for more info.

Research outputs

  1. The paradox of time in dynamic causal systems

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Learning hidden causal structure from temporal data

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. Broken physics: A conjunction fallacy effect in intuitive physical reasoning

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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Research activities & awards

  1. Research talk at Causality in Cognition Lab (remote)

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Research Talk: Computational Principles of Intelligence Lab (remote)

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Psychological Science (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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