I am a Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Yale University, where I teach classes in cognitive science and research methods, and a visiting researcher at Google Research, where I work on responsible AI and human-centered technology. Beginning July 2024, I will be an Assistant Professor in Philosphy at Washington University in St. Louis, where I am affiliated with the program in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP). Previously, I was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, where I held a dual appointment in Tania Lombrozo's Concepts and Cognition Lab and the University Center for Human Values. Before that, I was an Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, and before that, I completed my PhD in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

Most of my research concerns both intuitive and scientific modes of causal cognition. Causal theorizing is a distinctive way of thinking that is crucial to both the success of the sciences and the ordinary lives of agents. My research concerns normative and descriptive aspects of causal reasoning, with a specific focus on how humans select causal features to include in models of our environment. I also study the relationship between causal cognition and other cognitive processes like decision making, sociality, and morality in both human and artificial agents. In so doing, I use a mix of empirical, computational, and philosophical methods. I also have broad interests in formal epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of probability. You can listen to me discuss several of my research projects on the Santa Fe Institute's Complexity Podcast. In addition to cognitive science and psychology, I have experience teaching college-level classes in digital humanities and philosophy.

I have also worked on consulting projects in artificial intelligence, decision science, and data science. In that capacity, I most recently served as Lead Decision Scientist at CareCentra, a healthcare technology and behavioral insights company.

Here is a copy of my CV. My e-mail address is david.kinneydontspamme@yaledontspamme.edu.

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