The Computation, Cognition, and Development Lab is at the center of cognitive science, developmental psychology, and artificial intelligence. We investigate the common-sense knowledge people have about the world, where it comes from, and how it develops throughout childhood.

To do this, we use a combination of behavioral, developmental, and computational methods to pursue these topics.

Our guiding metaphor is that of program induction, and the mind as learning, generating, and running different probabilistic programs. Seen through this lens, our question becomes: what is the initial start-up library of useful programs that children (and other intelligent agents) might use to reliably learn and reason about the world around them?

Professor Ullman is looking to review Ph.D. applications for the Fall 2023 cycle. Learn more on our Join Us page.

A Note To All

The Computation, Cognition, and Development Lab values diversity of all kinds. We strive to provide enriching opportunities for all trainees, including those from marginalized and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are committed to increasing the representation of trainees from diverse backgrounds and ensuring that our field represents the values, perspectives, and experiences of a wider range of students and trainees. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from trainees who identify as members of marginalized or historically disadvantaged groups and work to provide a training environment that supports the needs of all students. We are committed to fostering a safe and supportive community in which all members are able to contribute fully regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, or any other applicable basis.

We expect all of our members to behave in ways that promote the supportive and productive exchange of ideas, treating all individuals equitably and with respect.