Academic Picture

E-mail: rxdh@stanford.edu

I’m a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Stanford, working with Noah Goodman and the Computation & Cognition Lab.

My primary interests are in social cognition: how do we represent knowledge about one another and reason with that knowledge? What principles and cognitive processes underlie our interactions? How do individuals organize themselves into structured collectives? How do conventions emerge within those structures?

I use an interdisciplinary combination of computational and experimental methods to investigate these questions, including game theory, information theory, artificial intelligence, pragmatics, and traditional cognitive psychology.

My research is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship.

I received BS degrees in Mathematics and Cognitive Science from Indiana University in 2014. My undergraduate research included:

  • A quantitative approach to configural features in perceptual organization (with James Townsend and Joseph Houpt)
  • Computational models and measures of information diffusion in brain networks (with Olaf Sporns and Joaquin Goñi)
  • Experiments to explore real-time decision-making and conflict in group dynamics (with Rob Goldstone)

Additionally, I spent the summers of 2012 and 2013 as an Edward A. Knapp Undergraduate Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, working with Simon DeDeo on the application of information theory to large-scale dynamics of military conflict in Afghanistan.