Launching in July 2023! In the Liu Lab, we are interested in how our minds and brains reason about the physical and social world. We study the developmental and neural origins of these abilities.
Origins in development
When we think about other people, we represent their actions as motivated by intentions and goals, as costly to execute, and as causing effects in the world. What are the representations and computations that support these intuitions, and how do they develop?
Origins in the brain
Understanding other people’s minds and actions depends on physical reasoning. What domain-specific and domain-general neural computations support our ability to reason about people’s actions, performed with a physical body in a physical world?
Erel et al. (2023, Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science)
Liu, Lydic, Mei, & Saxe (2023, Cog Sci)