Amy Perfors

Dr Amy Perfors

Associate Professor

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

My main research interest is in how the mind works, in the broadest sense. How do people learn new concepts? How do children learn language? How do we make decisions in an uncertain world? These are the kinds of questions I hope to shed light on with my work. I approach these questions using a mix of experimental methods and computational modelling techniques. My view is that without empirical constraints, theoretical work in cognitive science can lose connection with the phenomena it seeks to explain; and without formal theoretical development, empirical work can lose direction or become difficult to make sense of. In light of this, I rely on both.

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2015-2017: ARC Discovery Project ($301,300). First CI (with PI Patrick Shafto). Learning from others: Inductive reasoning based on human-generated data.

2012-2014: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award ($375,000). Sole CI. What shapes the structure of language? An experimental and computational investigation.

2011-2014: ARC Discovery Project ($454,995). Second CI (first was Dan Navarro). How are beliefs altered by data? Robust Bayesian models for human inductive learning.

PSYCHOL 2004: Doing Research in Psychology (2nd year, 20 lectures, Introduction to statistics)

PSYCHOL 2006: Foundations of Perception and Cognition (2nd year, 6 lectures, Introduction to language)

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Chair School of Psychology Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Open Mind
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Language Evolution
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Cognitive Science
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Cognition
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135744
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes Building
  • Room: 5 08
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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