Rebecca Schwarzlose, PhD

Staff Scientist

Rebecca’s research investigates how minds and brains conceptualize complex natural phenomena and generate a mental inventory of meaningful objects, actions, and social groups. Her doctoral research focused on the neural representation of crucial object categories such as human faces and bodies and the overarching organization of category information in the brain.  Her current research probes intuitive theories, generative analogies, and predictions about complex natural phenomena, with a particular focus on conceptual knowledge about race and inheritance. The goal of this work is to identify the simple computational heuristics we use to predict outcomes in the natural world and to understand how these heuristics influence reasoning and actions, such as those underpinning racial prejudice.