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Ashley Thomas, Emily Sumner & Barbara Sarnecka


Ashley Thomas

Effects of targeted digital ads on sharing behavior on Twitter

Hause Lin, Gordon Pennycook & David Rand
Protests are happening in Canada right now. Many Twitter users are sharing content on Twitter that contains hashtags like #trudeaumustresign, #truckersforfreedom2022, and #honkhonk. Here we investigate whether it is possible to change these users’ sharing behavior by showing them targeted digital ads that remind them to think about accuracy before sharing.


Urte Cinelyte, Jonathan Cannon & Daniel Müllensiefen

Counterfactual simulation of agents - Experiment 3

Sarah Wu, Shruti Sridhar & Tobias Gerstenberg
Investigating how people make causal judgments in social/agentive contexts

Neural Correlates of Processing Music in School-Aged Children

Hilary Richardson, Dana Boebinger & Rebecca Saxe
Neural Correlates of Processing Music in School-Aged Children

Time-Series Decoding of Mass Representations from Magnetoencephalography

Willian De Faria, Raghavendrarao Pramod & Nancy Kanwisher
Past work in the cognitive neuroscience of intuitive physics has found regions of the dorsal visual stream that respond when people view and think about physical events (Fisher et al. 2016). Additionally, fMRI evidence shows that these regions, dubbed the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ hold information about object mass when participants view dynamic scenes (Schwettmann et al. 2019; Buckingham et al 2018; Loh et al 2010). Previous studies investigated neural representations of object mass using real...

Chimeric inheritance and crown-group acquisitions of Carbon fixation genes within Chlorobiales

Madeline Paoletti & Gregory Fournier
The geological record of microbial metabolisms and ecologies primarily consists of stable isotope fractionations and the diagenetic products of biogenic lipids. Carotenoid lipid biomarkers are particularly useful proxies for reconstructing this record, providing information on microbial phototroph primary productivity, redox couples, and oxygenation. The biomarkers okenane, chlorobactane, and isorenieratene are generally considered to be evidence of anoxygenic phototrophs, and provide a record that extends to ~1.64 Ga. The utility of the carotenoid biomarker record may...

Communicating unselfishness with punishment (study1)

Setayesh Radkani & Rebecca Saxe
Preregistered protocol for study 1

Cultural Ratchet in Video Games: Language Chains vs Individuals with Unnatural Long Lives

Michael Tessler & Jason Madeano
Experiment 1 of a three experiment planned series

TEMPO: Tapping Entrainment to Metronomic Pulse Online

Jonathan Cannon
This study will investigate whether adults with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder perform differently than adults who are typically developing in audiomotor entrainment and precise temporal prediction.​ It will further explore whether variation in tapping error correction and timing prediction error detection are correlated within groups in order to determine whether previously reported impairment in tapping error correction is based in perceptual differences or sensorimotor integration differences. Adult individuals with and without autism will...

Communicating unselfishness with punishment (study1b)

Setayesh Radkani & Rebecca Saxe
Preregistered protocol for study 1b

Women’s Descriptive Representation and Discursive Influence in Political Talk

Jasmine English
The objective of this study is to understand how the descriptive representation of women in politics shapes women's discursive influence in everyday political talk. I use an online survey experiment to examine how women's descriptive representation shapes willingness to revise a political opinion after a counterargument from a woman.

Preschoolers' ability to differentiate functions of same function family

Nicole Coates, Laura Schulz & Max Siegel
This is Experiment 2 in a series of experiments about functions. In Experiment 1, we looked at whether children distinguished abstract higher order forms of functions: monotonic, parabolic, and periodic. In Experiment 2, we ask whether children are sensitive to the different functions within the higher order functional forms such that children will, for instance, map effects that change linearly to causes that change linearly, rather than to causes that change according to a sigmoid...

Do Four Month Olds Recognize Social Intimacy?

Ashley Thomas
This is a follow up study to ask whether four-month-olds exhibit the same behavior when a new person shows distress.

An empirical testbed for models of intuitive psychology in infants

Gal Raz, Shari Liu, Tianmin Shu, Joshua Tenenbaum & Rebecca Saxe
The long-term goal of this project is evaluate computational models of intuitive psychology, a prototype of which is presented as the AGENT model (Shu et al., 2021; link here: https://www.tshu.io/AGENT/), by testing model-generated predictions empirically in human infants. One challenge of this approach is limits in the kinds of data studies of infant behavior typically provide. While computational models make continuous, quantitative predictions. classic infant experiments are often designed to address a single, qualitative question....

Cultural Ratchet in Video Games: Video Chains vs Language Chains vs Individuals with Unnatural Long Lives

Jason Madeano & Michael Tessler
Experiment 3 of a three experiment planned series

Do Urban Migrants Prefer Coethnic Neigbhorhoods? Evidence from Nigeria

Jared Kalow
As ethnically diverse countries in sub-Saharan Africa urbanize, people are increasingly migrating to cities, giving rise to new opportunities for interethnic interaction. However, not all cities look the same. While residents of cities like Dakar and Bamako tend to live in ethnically diverse neighborhoods, residents in Lagos and Nairobi appear to be sorting into segregated and ethnically homogenous neighborhoods. One explanation of sorting argues that people prefer to live amongst their ingroup, and therefore they...

Navigating the Research Lifecycle for the Modern Researcher

Brianna Buljung, Emily Bongiovanni & Ye Li
Scholars are pursuing an international reputation earlier in their careers. Early career researchers often encounter norms and expectations they may be unfamiliar with, specifically open access publishing, research data sharing mandates and establishing their scholarly identity via professional social media. They must learn to navigate the research lifecycle from topic selection to data collection and ultimately dissemination of their work. To address the needs of early career researchers and the educators who work with them,...

Study 4: Modeling social actions in relationships as recursive inference

Michelle Hung, Ashley Thomas, Setayesh Radkani, Joshua Tenenbaum & Rebecca Saxe
In this project, we explore the idea that people view food sharing actions as “bids” to reveal the type and closeness of a relationship. We use a modified Rational Speech Act framework to model the recursive inferences that food sharing interactions allow.

What could go wrong: Adults and children calibrate their predictions and explanations of others' actions based on relative reward and danger

Nensi Gjata, Tomer Ullman, Elizabeth Spelke & Shari Liu

Using child-friendly movie stimuli to study the development of face, place, and object regions from age 3 to 12 years

Frederik Kamps & Hilary Richardson

Cultural Ratchet in Video Games: Video Chains vs Language Chains vs Individuals with Unnatural Long Lives

Jason Madeano & Michael Tessler
Additional pre-registration covering additional participants, adhering to the same framework described in original pre-registrations.

Helping/hindering agents - Effort

Sarah Wu, Shruti Sridhar & Tobias Gerstenberg
Investigating how people make causal judgments about multiple interacting agents

Do infants and toddlers expect a puppet to react to the distress of someone they previously imitated or were imitated by, when that person gets distressed?

Vanessa Kudrnova, Elizabeth Spelke & Ashley Thomas
Literature provides evidence that babies recognise imitation and responses to distress as potential cues of affiliation. However, it is unclear whether infants and toddlers see imitation and responses to distress as cues of the same underlying type of relationship. Further, it is unclear whether infants and toddlers make different inferences about behaviours depending on whether they are reasoning about the targets of social actions compared to those who perform social actions. Hence, this study aims...

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