Lucas Lab

We use computational models and psychological experiments to understand human cognition, and build systems that take inspiration from human cognition, with a particular emphasis on the ability to learn and act in new and changing situations.

We are accepting new Ph.D. students – see how to contact us.



Nov 2, 2023 Edinburgh has two new cogsci-related Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs): “Responsible and Trustworthy in-the-world NLP”, and “Dependable and Deployable AI for Robotics”. These are successors to CDTs that have funded PhD students in the group. [anncouncement].
Nov 1, 2023 Verna Dankers’s “Non-Compositionality in Sentiment: New Data and Analyses” has been accepted at EMNLP Findings and will be presented at the BlackBoxNLP workshop.
Oct 27, 2023 Jan-Philipp Fränken’s “Naïve information aggregation in human social learning” is in press in Cognition.
Sep 28, 2023 Chentian will be presenting “Learning How to Infer Partial MDPs for In-Context Adaptation and Exploration” – based on work from her recent internship at DeepMind – at the NeurIPS WiML workshop.
Aug 7, 2023 Bonan Zhao’s “How cognition bootstraps its way to complex concepts” has been accepted for publication at Nature Human Behaviour.