HAI Seminar: Going Beyond the Here and Now: Counterfactual Simulation in Human Cognition, Tobias Gerstenberg

HAI Seminar

Title: Going Beyond the Here and Now: Counterfactual Simulation in Human Cognition
Speaker: Tobias Gerstenberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology Stanford University
Date: October 27
RSVP Here: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_87BIztSATHm-Xfukt_Ho3Q

Abstract:
As humans, we spend much of our time going beyond the here and now. We dwell on the past, long for the future, and ponder how things could have turned out differently. In this talk, I will argue that people's knowledge of the world is organized around causally structured mental models, and that much of human thought can be understood as cognitive operations over these mental models. Specifically, I will highlight the pervasiveness of counterfactual thinking in human cognition. Counterfactuals are critical for how people make causal judgments, how they explain what happened, and how they hold others responsible for their actions.

Date: 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am