Todd M. Gureckis

Formal Bio

Todd M. Gureckis is a Professor of Psychology at New York University. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering (2001) and his PhD (2005) from the University of Texas at Austin and completed postdoctoral training at Indiana University. His research principally explores how people actively explore their world in order to learn. Recently he has been interested in understanding our everyday reasoning capacities for the physical and social world. He is the author of over 90 published articles in the field of computational cognitive science. His research combines methods of computational modeling, developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and online data collection. He is the founder and a lead developer of the psiTurk package, a tool for facilitating online experiments which has been used in hundreds of other research labs. His work has been recognized by the NSF CAREER award, the Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, the James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar award, and several paper and conferences awards with his students including the Marr Prize from the Cognitive Science Society, the Clifford T. Morgan Prize from the Psychonomic Society. He has variously served an Associate Editor for Cognitive Science, Topics in Cognitive Science, and Computational Brain and Behavior.


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