Samuel Gershman

Samuel Gershman, PhD Assistant Professor of PsychologyHarvard UniversityNorthwest Building Room 29552 Oxford StreetCambridge, MA 02138Tel: 617 496 6655Email: gershman@fas.harvard.eduVisit my lab page here. My research aims to understand how richly structured knowledge about the environment is acquired, and how this knowledge aids adaptive behavior. I use a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging and computational techniques to pursue these questions.One prong of this research focuses on how humans and animals discover the hidden states underlying their observations, and how they represent these states. In some cases, these states correspond to complex data structures, like graphs, grammars or programs. These data structures strongly constrain how agents infer which actions will lead to reward. A second prong of my research is teasing apart the interactions between different learning systems. Evidence suggests the existence of…

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