Research Topics

The Structure of Physical Simulation

How the mind approximates physics.

Strategies for Physical Reasoning

Selecting between simulation and rules.

Understanding and planning with physics

Using simulation to understand the world.

Selected Publications

More Publications

Comp Brain and Behav | July 2018

Cognitive Science Society | July 2018

Cognitive Science Society | August 2017

Cognitive Science Society | August 2013

TopiCS | January 2013


I am not currently teaching or TA’ing any courses, but materials from prior courses can be found here, including:

  • A lecture on Introduction to Optimization from the 2016 Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines summer school.
  • Lecture notes from a Graduate Statistics course I TA’d with Ed Vul at UCSD. These were meant to supplement the theoretical lessons by introducing students to the R statistical programming language and how to implement statistical techniques using R.


  • MIT Building 46-4053, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139