I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. Before starting at UCSD in 2018, I was at the University of Edinburgh, where I studied for my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Linguistics, and my masters degree in Cognitive Science.

My main area of research is on how we can use language models and other computational systems to better understand human language comprehension in the brain, and on how we can use insights from psycholinguistics to better understand and characterize the behavior of contemporary language models. I’ve also carried out research on human language comprehension and the capabilities of language models more broadly. Some of my other academic interests are reinforcement learning, computational neuroscience, linguistic typology, and philosophy of mind.



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James Michaelov
Department of Cognitive Science
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515