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Department of Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego
- Social cognition
- Ontogeny and phylogeny of property (possession, ownership)
- Value perception, fairness, distributive and procedural justice
- Joint attention, gaze following, and voice following
- Ontogeny, structure, and timing of gestural communication
- Sequential organization of talk and visible behavior in human communication
- Interactional organization of cognitive and systemic psychotherapy sessions
Robbie Ball , Meena Patne, Jesus Valdez, and Samar Alhaqab
Dr. Jingzhi Tan is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. He obtained his B.S. in life science from Peking University in 2008 and his Ph.D. in evolutionary anthropology from Duke University in 2013. His research focuses on human cognitive evolution, and specifically, the evolution of cooperation beyond group boundaries. He takes a comparative approach by studying humans, bonobos, chimpanzees, monkeys, lemurs and dogs. For the past decade, he has been conducting non-invasive research in schools, zoos and animal sanctuaries.
Sanchez-Amaro’s interest is in the social cognitive abilities of great apes and human infants, which he explores through a comparative perspective. Specifically, he is interested in how primates solve cooperative social dilemmas that involve a conflict of interest. To that end, he conducts non-invasive experiments using a variety of Game Theoretical models such as the Snowdrift and the Prisoner’s Dilemma game. In these games, subjects must coordinate their actions in situations where their interests are not aligned. This research has constituted the principal part of his dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.
He also conducts non-social cognitive studies aimed at investigating the psychological mechanisms underlying irrational cognitive biases in great apes, such as the “less is more” effect, “sunk-cost” effects and “decoy effect” tasks” in collaboration with colleagues at the CEU in Budapest and the University of St. Andrews in UK.
He just recently joined the Comparative Cognition Lab in the Cognitive Science Department of the University of California, San Diego to conduct his Postdoc research under the supervision of Dr. Federico Rossano.
Rachel Bristol has a BA in English from the University of Oregon, an MA in linguistics from the University of Delaware, and is currently a doctoral candidate in UC San Diego’s department of cognitive science. She is broadly interested in the pragmatic aspects of knowledge negotiation in conversational interaction. Her current work focuses on the social consequences of violating norms of knowledge ownership and transfer and explores the sociolinguistic practices that surround disputes of epistemic authority.
* = available for Summer 2019
Sharjil (Shaun) Bashir*
Jenny Min Din
— leaving after Spring 2019 —
Farrah Ferrer – Lab Manager and Research Assistant
Maiyi Huang – Lab Manager and Research Assistant
Myung (Jenny) Kim
Barbara Perez – Lab Manager
Emily Tam – Lab Manager and Research Assistant