ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Robert Goldstone


Foto Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, &
Program in Cognitive Science,
Indiana University, USA
E-Mail: rgoldsto@indiana.edu


Robert Goldstone is Distinguished Professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department and Cognitive Science program at Indiana University. His research interests include concept learning and representation, perceptual learning, educational applications of cognitive science, decision making, collective behavior, and computational modeling of human cognition. He won the 2000 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, and a 2004 Troland research award from the National Academy of Sciences. He was the executive editor of Cognitive Science from 2001-2005, and Director of the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program from 2006-2011. He has been elected as a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the Cognitive Science Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Current Main Research Interests

My laboratory explores interactions between perceptual and conceptual learning, methods for learning concepts using computer simulations, decision making, mathematical cognition, collective behavior, and the application of cognitive science for improving learning outcomes. Our typical modus operandi is to simultaneously conduct psychological experiments on humans and develop computational models of the observed behavior. The results from the experiments help to constrain and inform our computational models, and the computational models serve to organize and explain our empirical results.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Hawkins, R. X. D., Goodman, N. D., & Goldstone, R. L. (2019). The emergence of social norms and conventions. Trends in Cognitive Science23, 158-169.
  • Lara-Dammer, F., Hofstadter, D. R., & Goldstone, R. L. (2019). A Computational Model of Scientific Discovery in a Very Simple World, Aiming at Psychological Realism. Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 1-22. doi:10.1080/0952813X.2019.1592234
  • Frey, S., & Goldstone, R. L. (2018). Cognitive mechanisms for human flocking dynamics. Journal of Computational Social Science., 1, 349-375.
  • Goldstone, R. L., Marghetis, T., Weitnauer, E., Ottmar, E. R., & Landy, D. (2017). Adapting perception, action, and technology for mathematical reasoning. Current Directions in Psychological Science, i26, 338-372. doi:d1o0i.1or1g7/170/.01197673/70926134712717410747808488
  • Goldstone, R. L., & Theiner, G. (2017). The Multiple Interactive Levels of Cognition (MILCS) perspective on group cognition. Philosophical Psychology, 30, 1-35. doi:10.1080/09515089.2017.1295635