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Research interests

How do humans and other animals function so effectively in such an uncertain world, and can an understanding of this ability guide the development of computational intelligence? I study these issues by examining how environmental uncertainty regulates decision making, learning, evolutionary and adaptive systems, and cultural processes.

My research typically involves computational modelling, but also experiments with human subjects. I have made key contributions to the computational modelling of the evolution of language, bounded and ecological rationality, and instance-based learning. My book Introducing Artificial Intelligence is an illustrated guide to the big ideas in artificial intelligence.

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  • Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg University, 2016-
  • Adjunct Researcher, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, 2016-
  • Research Scientist, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, 2008-2016
  • Faculty Associate and Guest Lecturer, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, 2008-2012.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, 2005-2008
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Language Evolution, University of Edinburgh, 2004-2005
  • Research Scientist, SHARP Laboratories of Europe, Oxford, 1997-1999

Current courses

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  • Language Evolution
  • Cognitive Science
  • Decision Making
  • Health Communication
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology

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Research Output


Brighton, H. & Powell, W., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Palgrave Encyclopaedia of the Possible. Springer Nature

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Beyond quantified ignorance: rebuilding rationality without the bias bias

Brighton, H., 2019, Kiel Institute for the World Economy., (Economics Discussion Papers; no. 2019-25).

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  • Rationality without optimality: Bounded and ecological rationality from a Marrian perspective

    Brighton, H., 2018, PsyArXiv.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

    Open Access

    Building the Theory of Ecological Rationality

    Todd, P. M. & Brighton, H., 1 Jan 2016, In : Minds and Machines. 26, 1-2, p. 9–30

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