About Me

Hello!

I’m a PhD student working with Todd Gureckis at NYU’s Computation and Cognition Lab. Prior to that, I was working as a Research Analyst at Decision Technology in London. I received my B.A. in Philosophy and Social Sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin, and an M.Sc. in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from University College London.

Contact: anna.coenen@nyu.edu

Research Interests

I study how people learn, make decisions, and explore the world. I am particularly interested how behavior is affected by a learner’s prior beliefs, goals, and cognitive constraints, as well as the structure of the environment. To explore these questions I use a combination of computational modeling and behavioral experiments.

Selected Publications

Coenen, A., Nelson, J. D., & Gureckis T. M. (Submitted). Asking the right questions about human inquiry. [Preprint]

Coenen, A., Bramley, N.R., Ruggeri, A. and Gureckis T.M. (2017, in press) “Beliefs about sparsity affect causal experimentation” to appear in the Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Coenen, A. and Gureckis, T.M. (2016) “The distorting effects of deciding to stop sampling” in Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., and Trueswell, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

Gureckis, T.M., Martin, J., McDonnell, J., Rich, A.S., Markant, D., Coenen, A., Halpern, D., Hamrick, J.B., Chan, P. (2015) “psiTurk: An open-source framework for conducting replicable behavioral experiments online” Behavioral Research Methods. [pdf]

Coenen, A., Rehder, B., & Gureckis, T. M. (2015). “Strategies to intervene on causal systems are adaptively selected” Cognitive Psychology. [pdf] [experiment code]

Coenen, A. & Gureckis, T. (2015). “Are biases when making causal interventions related to biases in belief updating?” In Noelle, D. C., Dale, R., Warlaumont, A. S., Yoshimi, J., Matlock, T., Jennings, C. D., & Maglio, P. P. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]