I am Deputy Director of the Complex Human Data Hub at the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, where I run the Computational Cognitive Science Lab along with Charles Kemp. My research focuses on quantitative approaches to higher-order cognition: categorisation, concepts, language learning, decision-making, and cultural and social evolution and change. I'm transgender, and was previously known as Amy Perfors.
I use a combination of computational models and experiments to understand the why and the what within these topics. What goals are human learners and reasoners trying to achieve in particular situations? What constraints (cognitive, informational, environmental) do they operate under? How do these factors shape their behaviour, both on an individual and a group level?
PhD in Brain & Cognitive Sciences, 2008
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA in Linguistics, 2000
BS in Symbolic Systems, 1999