Andrew Perfors

Associate Professor

University of Melbourne

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: concepts, language, decision-making, information and misinformation transmission, and cultural and social evolution and change. I'm transgender, and was previously known as Amy.

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, social) do they operate under? How do these factors shape their behaviour, both on an individual and a group level? How does this behaviour change the informational environment and what there is to learn?


  • Categorisation, decision-making, learning, language
  • Evolution of social and cultural systems
  • Information and misinformation transmission


  • PhD in Brain & Cognitive Sciences, 2008

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • MA in Linguistics, 2000

    Stanford University

  • BS in Symbolic Systems, 1999

    Stanford University



Concept knowledge, inference, and learning


Social learning and its effects on information transmission and culture


Making choices in a complex world


Language acquisition, representation, and evolution


Other projects, mostly focused on meta-science questions


  • University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010
  • Melbourne Connect level 8