shari liu_

About

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I am a graduate student at the Lab For Developmental Studies at Harvard. Before that, I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College. My research centers around the origins of social intelligence, at the level of description that could inform machine intelligence. Specifically, I study the representations and computations supporting our earliest understanding of the beliefs, goals, and costs motivating other people's actions. My research is funded by the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Here's a recent CV. Thanks to Kris Brewer for the above photo!

 

Research

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Publications

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Liu, S., Ullman, T. D., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Spelke, E. S. (submitted). Dangerous ground: Thirteen-month-old infants are sensitive to peril in other people’s actions. [pdf]

Liu, S., Brooks, N. B., & Spelke, E. S. (2019). Origins of the concepts cause, cost, and goal in prereaching infants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(36), 17747-17752

Liu, S., Cushman, F. A., Gershman, S. J., Kool, W., & Spelke, E. S. (2019). Hard choices: Children’s understanding of the cost of action selection. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

Liu, S., McCoy, J. P., & Ullman, T. D. (2019). People's perception of others' risk preferences. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

Liu, S., Gonzalez, G.*, & Warneken, F. (2018). Worth the wait: Children trade off delay and reward in self- and other-benefiting decisions. Developmental Science, e12702. doi:10.1111/desc.12702 [pdf] [osf] [supplement]

 

Liu, S., Ullman, T. D., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Spelke, E. S. (2017). Ten-month-old infants infer the value of goals from the costs of actions. Science, 358(6366), 1038-1041. doi:10.1126/science.aag2132 [pdf] [osf[supplement] [Research summary] [Press Coverage: Harvard Gazette, MIT News

Liu, S., Ullman, T. D., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Spelke, E. S. (2017). What's worth the effort: Ten-month-old infants infer the value of goals from the costs of actions. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

Liu, S., & Spelke, E. S. (2017). Six-month-old infants expect agents to minimize the cost of their actions. Cognition, 160, 35-42. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.12.007 [pdf] [osf] [supplement]

Parkinson, C., Liu, S., & Wheatley, T. (2014). A common cortical metric for spatial, temporal, and social distance. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(5), 1979-1987. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.2159-13.2014 [pdf]

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