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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. I study action understanding and action planning—how we infer hidden variables like goals and beliefs from sparse observations of others' actions, and how we as agents integrate these signals when planning our own actions—through studies of infants and young children. My research is funded by the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

I am always looking for motivated undergraduate or post-baccalaureate researchers to assist with my many projects. If you are hardworking, independent, a good communicator, and/or possess programming skills, it sounds like you'd be a great fit. Get in touch!

Here are links to: blog posts on science and other things, loook, a Shiny app I built for working with looking time data, and a recent CV.


My research addresses questions like:


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Liu, S., Gonzalez, G.*, & Warneken, F. (2018). Worth the wait: Children trade off delay and reward in self- and other-benefiting decisionsDevelopmental Science, e12702. doi:10.1111/desc.12702 [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 actionsScience, 358(6366), 1038-1041. doi:10.1126/science.aag2132 [osf[supplement]

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 actionsProceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

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 [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

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