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Project:  Computational modeling of social learning in humans
Disciplines:  Computation and Neural Systems, Applied and Computational Mathematics
Mentor:  Ralph Adolphs, Professor, (HSS),, Phone: 626-395-4486
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Background:  The project investigates a topic from social psychology, using behavioral and neuroscience (MRI) measures. The basic question is how we learn about other people: what biases and stereotypes exist, how do we update these and learn new information, and how do we apply this to our behavioral decisions towards other people. A behavioral component of the project is currently being done by a Caltech student, Olivia Hindera, and we would be interested in future extensions of the work, including brain imaging.
Description:  - Learning about a literature in social psychology and social neuroscience on biases, stereotypes, and learning
- Learning to model how we represent other people, and in particular the learning process, using a mixture of reinforcement learning and Bayesian approaches
- Testing subjects, collecting data, planning the experiment
- Analyzing the data with the models
Student Requirements:  - Programming in matlab required. experience with python and javascript is also good

- Some background in statistics
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       Amgen Scholars    Non-Caltech students only  
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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Problems with or questions about submitting an AO?  Call Jen Manglos of the Student-Faculty Programs Office at (626) 395-2885.
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