Doug Markant

Center for Adaptive Rationality
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin
Room 145

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Center for Adaptive Rationality

NYU Computation and Cognition Lab

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Adaptive Rationality, within the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. I recently completed my Ph.D. in the Cognition and Perception program at NYU working with Prof. Todd Gureckis. In broad terms, I am interested in how people form abstract beliefs about the world (for example, through learning categories of objects) and their ability to revise those beliefs in response to shifting circumstances. My dissertation focused on how people interact with their environment during learning to sample information that is valuable or informative, and how such sampling might help them to learn more efficiently.

Before coming to NYU, I graduated from Cornell in 2005 with a BA in Psychology and minors in Information Science and Cognitive Science. I then worked was an RA at the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, where the focus is on using MRI to measure structural brain differences in psychiatric populations such as schizophrenia and PTSD.

Papers:

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (in review). "A preference for the unpredictable over the informative during self-directed learning."

Markant, D., Dubrow, S., Davachi, L., and Gureckis, T.M. (in review). "Deconstructing the effect of self-directed study on episodic memory."

Markant, D., Settles, B., and Gureckis, T.M. (in revision). "Self-directed learning favors local, rather than global, uncertainty."

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (2014). "Is it better to select or receive? Learning via active and passive hypothesis testing." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 143(1), 94--122. [bibtex]

Gureckis, T.M. and Markant, D. (2012). "Self-directed learning: A cognitive and computational perspective." Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7(5), 464--481. [bibtex]

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (2012). "One piece at a time: Learning complex rules through self-directed sampling." in Miyake, N. and Peebles, D. and Cooper, R.P. (Eds), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 725-730). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [bibtex]

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (2012). "Does the utility of information influence sampling behavior?" in Miyake, N. and Peebles, D. and Cooper, R.P. (Eds), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 719-724). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [bibtex]

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (2010) "Category learning through active sampling" in Ohlsson, S. and Catrambone, R. (Eds), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 248-253). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [bibtex]

Gureckis, T.M. and Markant, D. (2009) "Active learning strategies in a spatial concept learning game" in Taatgen, N., van Rijn, H., Schomaker, L. and Nerbonne, J. (Eds), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3145-3150). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [bibtex]

Presentations:

Markant, D. (May, 2013). "Into the unknown: How uncertainty guides active learning." University Seminar Series, Stevens Institute of Technology.

Markant, D. (April, 2013). "Decomposing the 'active' learner: Effects of self-directed control on learning and memory." Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University.

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T. M. (August, 2012). "One piece at a time: Learning complex rules through self-directed sampling." Talk presented at 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T. M. (August, 2012). "Does the utility of information influence sampling behavior?" Talk presented at 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (August, 2010) "Category learning through active sampling." Talk presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland OR.

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (August, 2009) "Modes of information search in active learning." Talk presented at MathPsych 2009, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Posters:

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T.M. (August 2013). "Adapting search based on hypothesis space sparsity." Poster presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.

Markant, D., Dubrow, S., Davachi, L., Gureckis, T.M. (August 2012). "The role of exploratory decision-making in enhancing episodic memory." Poster presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T. M. (November, 2011) "How search in the mind guides search in the world." Poster presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T. M. (August, 2011) "Sampling at the margins to learn perceptual categories." Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T. M. (November, 2010) "Active sampling in perceptual category learning." Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO

Markant, D. and Gureckis, T. M. (August, 2010) "Discovering complex categories through active sampling." Poster presented at IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI.