Categories, communication and counterfactual reasoning
Free Public Lecture
Redmond Barry Building
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In our first Psychology Colloquium of 2017, Associate Professor Charles Kemp will present on his research on the structure and use of human knowledge. Learn more about the Eskimo treatment of the word snow and learn how people evaluate statements such as "If Labor had won the 2016 election, then property prices in Melbourne would be lower.
During this lecture Charles will present on two research projects on why languages have semantic categories and how casual knowledge supports inferences about counterfactual possibilities.
Associate Professor Charles Kemp works on computational models of learning and reasoning, with a particular interest in high-level cognition, as demonstrated through his developed models for categorisation, generalisation, causal reasoning, and relational learning. Charles is currently focusing on a line of work that explores the meanings of words in different languages.
Associate Professor Charles Kemp, Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Professor Charles Kemp
Carnegie Mellon University
I work on computational models of learning and reasoning. Humans regularly make inferences that go beyond the data they have observed, and I attempt to characterize the knowledge that supports these inferences and to explain how this knowledge might be acquired. I am particularly interested in highlevel cognition, and have developed models of categorization, generalization, causal reasoning, and relational learning. My interest in categorization has led to a line of work that explores the meanings of words in different languages.