Dr. Jones's research spans human cognition and artificial intelligence. He develops mathematical and computational models of human learning, knowledge representation, reasoning and decision making. These models are tested and informed by behavioral data collected in his lab. He also work in theoretical machine learning, developing new methods for training neural networks especially in nonstationary environments. The two lines of research inform each other: Advances in artificial intelligence inspire new theories of how the brain processes information, and principles of human cognition offer new tools for conferring human-like intelligence to artificial systems.
NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Senior Thesis credits are available for students during the semester that they write and defend a departmental Honors Thesis. A neuroscience honors thesis must be based on an empirical research project that the student directs/participates in under guidance from a faculty member. Contact the neuroscience director for further information.
PSYC 2111 - Psychological Science I: Statistics
Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2024
Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics and their roles in psychological research. Topics include correlation, regression, T-test, analysis of variance and selected nonparametric statistics.
PSYC 5835 - Thinking Proseminar
Spring 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2024
Provides beginning Ph.D. students with a basic introduction to research on complex human cognition, including reasoning, problem solving, decision making, analogy, concept learning and knowledge representation. Includes consideration of theoretical, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience perspectives. One of six proseminar modules required of students in the Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. program. Graduate students in all programs are welcome with instructor consent and advanced undergraduates are welcome with instructor consent.
PSYC 6605 - Cognitive Psychology Research Update
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Provides summaries of current research by graduate students and faculty members in the Cognitive Psychology program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Professional Development issues relevant to cognitive psychologists will also be discussed. Graduate students in all programs and advanced undergraduates welcome with instructor consent. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.