Bertram F. Malle was born in Graz, Austria, and studied psychology, philosophy, and linguistics at the University of Graz. After receiving his Master’s degrees in psychology and philosophy, he entered graduate school in psychology in the United States in 1990. Malle received his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1995 and joined the faculty of the University of Oregon the same year. During his tenure at the University of Oregon, Dr. Malle also served as the Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences (2001-2007).
Xuan Zhao is passionate about exploring how people experience and process a world full of agents, mental states, and social events. She is very interested in topics such as social perception, mentalizing, joint attention, and social interaction. Her current research examines people's "perspective taking" ability, seeking answers to questions like: What makes perspective taking so easy in some cases, yet so difficult in others?
Xuan holds a M.Sc. in psychology from Brown University and previously received her B.Sc. from Zhejiang University in 2011. Her undergraduate research involved visual working memory, attention, and gaze cue. She also studied the perception of animacy in a collaborative project with Yale Perception & Cognition Lab.
Her other interests span far and wide. She is a firm believer of social enterprise, and she cares deeply about educational issues in China. She loves cooking, baking, food photography, and good restaurants. She is also a big fan of visual art and performing art. As a passionate traveler and explorer, she has sailed around the globe and visited many countries on "Semester At Sea", and she is proud of having made such opportunity accessible to many students over the past years.
Elizabeth “Beth” Phillips
Beth Phillips earned her Ph.D. in 2016 in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the HCRI, she worked with the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, a multidisciplinary research consortium working towards the development of future human-robot teams. Beth has an interest in how robots and other technologies are changing the way we interact with the world and one another, including the role that robots will play in providing companionship for humans in the near future. Her research focuses on the application of psychological principles to support the development of robotic systems that can work as partners, assistants, and companions for people.
Maartje de Graaf
Maartje a social scientist in the multi-disciplinary field of human-robot interaction. Her research is motivated by her intrinsic drive to understand human behavior and its underlying psychological and cognitive processes. Her past research indicates a strong impact of human-robot relationships in the emergence of long-term acceptance of socially interactive technologies. Envisioning a future in which the social abilities of robots can only increase, her research interest focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive responses from users to robots including the societal and ethical consequences of those responses. The end goal is to influence technology design and policy direction to pursue the development of responsible robots.
She has joined Brown’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative with a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The research project aims to investigate the underlying psychological and cognitive processes of how people explain both human and robot behavior.
Before starting at Brown University, Maartje was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication Science at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Maartje has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Communication Management (2005), a Master of Science in Communication Studies (2011), and a PhD in Human-Robot Interaction (2015).
Stuti Thapa Magar
Boyoung Kim is curious about why people become interested in other minds and how they understand other minds. Her research interest also includes how people make moral judgments.
She received a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Cognitive Psychology from Korea University in South Korea. Her master’s thesis was on selective attention.
She is fascinated by how the world can be seen differently depending on minds.
Stuti Thapa Magar
Joanna studies the concepts that make up the theory of mind (ToM) capacity (beliefs, desires, and intentions) and their role in social inferences and behavior explanations. Specifically, she examines how information available in the mind and world affords social inferences that are rich in content and truly "productive" in nature. She is also interested in what the study of these processes in autism spectrum disorders can reveal about the specific nature of ToM deficits in ASD.
She completed her B.A. at Williams College in 2007, and her Sc.M. in psychology at Brown in 2011. She also holds an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, where she studied the philosophical underpinnings of human "folk psychology" with Martin Kusch.
In her spare time she enjoys singing in foreign languages, large bodies of water, and hanging out with her cat, Yitze.
Steve is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and the Program in Cognitive Science at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2012 from Brown University, where he worked with Bertram Malle in the Social Cognitive Science lab.
His research investigates how people's moral judgments (e.g., blame and praise) are guided by mental-state information, and it examines the parallels and asymmetries between people's moral judgments about negative vs. positive behavior.
Andrew Monroe is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Florida State University working with Roy Baumeister. He earned his PhD in Social Psychology at Brown University in 2012. His research focuses on the social-cognitive process of inferring the minds of others and how such inferences guide moral judgment, person peception, free will beliefs, and prejudice.
John Voiklis studied at Columbia University (Ph.D. Educational Psychology; MFA Poetry) and The Ohio State University (B.A. English). His previous research has examined the cognitive, interpersonal, and strategic aspects of how people coordinate their beliefs as they coordinate their actions. John joins the efforts at SCS to better understand the interplay of moral and emotional processes with an eye towards informing the design of morally competent robots. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the entertainment "think tank," Harmony Institute, where he recently conducted a text-mining study on the "moral color" of scripted dialogue on network television (http://harmony-institute.org/therippleeffect/author/John/).
Mohamad Mowafak Allaham
Sebrina Anderson (M.A., 2006)
Richard Bresnahan (Honors Thesis, 2010)
Shannon Courtney Pawol
Kyle Dillon (Honors, 2010; M.S., 2011)
Cydney Dupree (Honors Thesis, 2011)
Katherine Flaschen (Honors Thesis, 2011)
Jenni Freeman (Honors Thesis, 1998)
Andrew Graham Shipley (Honors Thesis, 2006)
Ariane Haase (M.A., 2008)
Krista Heim (Honors Thesis, 2005)
Jess Holbrook (Ph.D., 2006)
Angela Laurita (Honors Thesis, 1999)
Dorothy Lee Batten
Nicole Lee Selinger
Sock Ling Tok
Brad Lytle (Honors Thesis, 2002)
Kristen Mac Connell (Honors Thesis, 1996)
Katie MacCionnaith (Honors Thesis, 2003)
Sarah Nelson (Ph.D., 2003)
Lianne Nichole Kelley
Matthew O'Laughlin (Ph.D., 2001)
Gale Pearce (Ph.D., 2003)
Melvin Pusateri (M.A., 1999)
Dahlia Spektor (Honors Thesis, 1998)
Susanna Spektor (Honors Thesis, 1997)
Chuck Tate (Ph.D., 2006)
Jessica Tipsord (Ph.D., 2009)
Cara Tsoi (Honors Thesis, 1998)