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 with children.
Data from all publications where I am first author is available upon request.
Baker, C.L., Jara-Ettinger, J., Saxe, R., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (in prep). Building a Bayesian Model of Human Theory of Mind.
Jara-Ettinger, J., Piantadosi, Spelke, E., Levy, R., & Gibson, E. (in prep). Knowledge of set operations precedes numbber knowledge: Evidence from the Tsimane' of Bolivia.
Jara-Ettinger, J., Gweon, H., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, E. (2014). That's the way the utility crumbles: Children's understanding of the costs and rewards underlying rational action.To appear in Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
Jara-Ettinger, J.*, Kim, N.*, Muentener, P., & Schulz, E. (2014). Running to do evil: Costs incurred by perpetrators affect moral judgment.To appear in Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
Piantadosi, S.T., Jara-Ettinger, J., & Gibson, E. (in press). Children's development of number in an indigenous farming-foraging group.
Jara-Ettinger, J., Tenenbaum, J.B., & Schulz, E. (2013). Not so innocent: Reasoning about costs, competence, and culpability in very early childhood. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 663-668).
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.