I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT working in ECCL and the Computational Cognitive Science group. I am advised by Laura Schulz and Josh Tenenbaum. My research is funded by the Center for Brains, Minds & Machines and the Simons Center for the Social Brain.
I am broadly interested in how humans interpret goal-directed behavior to learn about the world (Jara-Ettinger, Baker, & Tenenbaum, 2012), to learn about agents (Jara-Ettinger, Gweon, Tenenbaum, & Schulz, ), and to make social evaluations (Jara-Ettinger, Tenenbaum, & Schulz, 2013; Jara-Ettinger, Nate, Muentener, & Schulz, 2014). In parallel, I also study how humans learn formal systems of quantification (Jara-Ettinger, Piantadosi, Spelke, Levy, & Gibson, under review), and how they may affect how we reason about social agents (Jara-Ettinger, Gibson, Kidd, & Piantadosi, under review). To do this, I use a combination of computational modeling, quantitative studies with adults, qualitative studies throughout develoment, and cross-cultural studies.