Reverse engineering human exploration

Friday, December 15, 2023 - 11:30am

Cognitive Colloquium with Professor Samuel Gershman from Harvard University

Date: Friday, 12/15

Time11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

LocationWorkshop (1116) - 11th floor (100 College Street, New Haven, CT 06510)

Title: Reverse engineering human exploration

AbstractThis talk explores how humans solve the exploration-exploitation dilemma in reinforcement learning. Mirroring the multiplicity of algorithmic solutions studied in machine learning, the human brain also appears to employ several different algorithms. In particular, evidence indicates that humans use a combination of uncertainty-guided directed and random exploration, as well as more sophisticated algorithms that rely on structured world knowledge. These findings point towards a convergence of natural and artificial intelligence.


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