My research focuses on Theory of Mind (ToM), our capacity to attribute unobservable mental states (like desires and intentions) to agents. I am interested in understanding how ToM supports learning and moral reasoning, how to implement it on a machine, and how it affects social cognition in general, as in autism. To do this, I use a combination of computational models, quantitative studies with adults, and qualitative studies throughout development. My research is funded by the Simons Center for the Social Brain and the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines.
Data from all publications where I am first author is available upon request.
Jara-Ettinger, J., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (in prep). Not so innocent: Toddlers' reasoning about costs, competence, and culpability.[ Email ]
Baker, C.L., Jara-Ettinger, J., Saxe, R., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (in prep). Building a Bayesian Model of Human Theory of Mind.[ Email ]
Jara-Ettinger, J., Gibson, E., Kidd, C., & Piantadosi, S. T. (Under Review). Native Amazonian children forego egalitarianism when they learn to count.[ Email ]
Jara-Ettinger, J., Piantadosi, S.T., Spelke, E., Levy, R., & Gibson, E. (Under Review). Mastery of the logic of cardinality is not the result of mastery of counting: Evidence from the Tsimane' of Bolivia.[ Email ]
Jara-Ettinger, J., Gweon, H., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (Under Review). I'd do anything for a cookie (but I won't do that): Children's understanding of the costs and rewards underlying rational action.[ Email ]
Rodrigues, E.R., Achcar, J., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (2011). Using a Gibbs Sampling algorithm and a non-homogeneous Poisson model to estimate the ocurrence of ozone exceedances in Mexico City. Air Quality (Book Section).
Jara-Ettinger, J. (2011) Estimando el numero de excedencias de ozono en la Ciudad de Mexico usando procesos de Poisson no-homogeneos y Metodos Monte-Carlo via Cadenas de Markov. (Thesis)
Jara-Ettinger, J., & Valero, L. (2008). Cardinality preservation in centers of non-isomorphic groups with isomorphics tables of marks. In Proceedings of the XIII Congreso del Verano de la Investigacion Cientifica DELFIN.