Academic


I am interested in understanding the mechanisms of human learning, memory, and categorization so that we may model how people represent knowledge, with two linked goals: 1) I am interested in understanding how people learn about and (mis)represent the world, so that 2) we learn to create machines with intelligence more like our own. Because I am interested in cross-cutting areas that are often studied separately, my work falls in the various subareas of categorical perception, semantic models, associative learning, language learning, memory, and decision-making. My dissertation focused on the problem of language acquisition: how do learning and memory mechanisms allow us to bootstrap meaning from the statistics of our language environment? Recently, I have been eagerly applying cognitive psychology knowledge and models to create adaptive educational software, which I am excited to use as a research platform for active, self-directed learning--even as it is used to improve literacy and numeracy! Check out an introduction to egoTeach.
~G.K., 2.2.2017

Curriculum Vitae. (2/2/17)

Papers


Presentations

I will post the most self-explanatory slide decks. Email me if you'd like particular ones from my C.V.

Early, Unpublished Work

Lexical Variety in Human Processing of Syntactically Ambiguous Sentences - (2005) Jamie Olson and G.K.
Mechanisms of Optimal Pathfinding in the Ant Tapinoma sessile - The research paper from my research in biology class during my final year (2003) at NCSSM.