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Joseph Austerweil

I am a cognitive psychologist with expertise in human and machine learning. I focus on how and when people solve problems better than machines.

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Computer Science (affiliate) College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-9932 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Flexible human reasoning in the face of uncertainty
  • How people update their beliefs based on what they observe and their prior knowledge of the situation
  • Knowledge representation and retrieval


  • R21 Grant Award from the National Institute of Aging to examine the mechanisms underlying the decline of knowledge retrieval in individuals with Alzheimer's Disease.
  • DARPA Seedling Grant to explore the foundations of human-machine collaboration in terms of networks of social and moral norms.