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Understanding understanding


'TRYING TO UNDERSTAND
HOW PEOPLE UNDERSTAND'

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Understanding understanding


'TRYING TO UNDERSTAND
HOW PEOPLE UNDERSTAND'

I am a currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Language in Interaction consortium at the Donders Institute at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

My main research interest is to understand people's inferential capacities that underlie their communicative abilities. For example, how is it possible that we can understand a foreigner who does not speak our language but uses novel gestures to communicate? My work involves computational modeling (e.g. Bayesian and Structure Mapping Theory), robotic/agent-based simulations, computational complexity analysis and philosophy of mind.

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Selected publications


Selected publications


JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Blokpoel, M. (2017). Sculpting computational-level models. Topics in Cognitive Science. (URL)

  • Blokpoel, M., Kwisthout, J., van der Weide, Theo P., Wareham, T. & van Rooij, I. (2013). A computational-level explanation of the speed of goal inference. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 570(3-4), 117-133. (URL)

  • Blokpoel, M., van Kesteren, M., Stolk, A., Haselager, P., Toni, I. & van Rooij, I. (2012). Recipient design in human communication: Simple heuristics or perspective taking? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6(253), 1-13. (PDF)

PHD THESIS

  • Blokpoel (2015). Understanding understanding: A computational-level perspective. Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. (PDF)