working papers

SA Barnett*, RD Hawkins*, TL Griffiths (under revision). A pragmatic account of the weak evidence effect.

T Sumers, M Ho, RD Hawkins, TL Griffiths (under review). Show or tell? Teaching with language outperforms demonstration but only when context is shared.

RD Hawkins, M Sano, ND Goodman, J Fan (under revision). Visual resemblance and communicative context constrain the emergence of graphical conventions.

an earlier iteration of this paper appeared in the Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

RD Hawkins, ND Goodman (under revision). Why do you ask? The informational dynamics of questions and answers.

J White, ND Goodman, RD Hawkins (under revision). Mixed-effects transformers for hierarchical adaptation.

RD Hawkins, A Berdahl, H Fang, AS Pentland, ND Goodman, JB Tenenbaum, PM Krafft (under revision). Emergent collective sensing in human groups.

an earlier iteration of this paper won the prize for computational modeling in applied cognition when it appeared in the Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

2022

RD Hawkins, M Franke, MC Frank, AE Goldberg, K Smith, TL Griffiths, ND Goodman (2022). From partners to populations: A hierarchical Bayesian account of coordination and convention.

Psychological Review.

This paper is partially based on earlier work that appeared in the Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society and the Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, where it received the prize for computational modeling in language.

S Murthy, TL Griffiths, RD Hawkins (2022). Shades of confusion: Lexical uncertainty modulates ad hoc coordination in an interactive communication task.

Cognition.

T Yamakoshi, TL Griffiths, RD Hawkins (2022). Probing BERT’s priors with serial reproduction chains.

Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

J Antony, A Romero, A Vierra, R Luenser, RD Hawkins, K Bennion. (2022). Semantic relatedness retroactively boosts memory and promotes memory interdependence across episodes.

eLife.

TR Sumers, RD Hawkins, MK Ho, TL Griffiths, D Hadfield-Menell (2022). Linguistic communication as (inverse) reward design. First Workshop on Learning from Natural Language Supervision workshop @ ACL 2022. [pdf] [open materials TBA]

Kumar, S., Dasgupta, I., Hu, M., Marjieh, R., Hawkins, R.D., Daw, N., Cohen, J., Narasimhan, K.R. (2022). Using natural language to guide meta-learning agents towards human-like inductive biases. First Workshop on Learning with Natural Language Supervision @ ACL 2022. [pdf] [open materials TBA]

V Boyce, RD Hawkins, ND Goodman, MC Frank (2022). Two’s company but six is a crowd: Emergence of conventions in multiparty communication games. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials TBA]

C Wong, W McCarthy, G Grand, Y Friedman, J Tenenbaum, J Andreas, RD Hawkins, JE Fan (2022). Identifying concept libraries from language about object structure. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials]

2021

RD Hawkins, H Gweon, ND Goodman (2021). The division of labor in communication: Speakers help listeners account for asymmetries in visual perspective. 

Cognitive Science.

This paper is partially based on earlier work that appeared in the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

RD Hawkins, I Liu, AE Goldberg, TL Griffiths. (2021). Respect the code: Speakers expect novel conventions to generalize within but not across social group boundaries.

Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

W McCarthy*, RD Hawkins*, C Holdaway, H Wang,  J Fan (2021). Learning to communicate about shared procedural abstractions.

Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

A Kumar, K Garg, RD Hawkins (2021). Contextual flexibility guides communication in a cooperative language game.

Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

T Sumers, RD Hawkins, M Ho, TL Griffiths (2021). Extending rational models of communication from beliefs to actions. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials] [talk recording]

J White, G Poesia, RD Hawkins, D Sadigh, N Goodman (2021). Generating informative, open-domain clarification questions without question examples. Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP). [pdf] [open materials]

T Sumers, M Ho, RD Hawkins, K Narasimhan, TL Griffiths (2021). Learning rewards from linguistic feedback. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. [pdf] [open materials]

2020

RD Hawkins, MC Frank, ND Goodman (2020). Characterizing the dynamics of learning in repeated reference games.

Cognitive Science.

RD Hawkins, M Kwon, D Sadigh, ND Goodman (2020). Continual adaptation for efficient machine communication.

Proceedings of the Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL).

winner of best paper prize at 2019 ICML Workshop on Adaptive & Multitask Learning: Algorithms & Systems (AMTL)

RD Hawkins*, T Yamakoshi*, TL Griffiths, AE Goldberg (2020). Investigating representations of verb bias in neural language models.

Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP).

J Degen, RD Hawkins, C Graf, E Kreiss, ND Goodman (2020).  When redundancy is useful: A Bayesian approach to ‘overinformative’ referring expressions.

Psychological Review.

partly based on earlier work appearing in the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

JE Fan, RD Hawkins, M Wu, ND Goodman (2020). Pragmatic inference and visual abstraction enable contextual flexibility during visual communication.

Computational Brain & Behavior. 

A Leung, RD Hawkins, D Yurovsky (2020). Parents scaffold the formation of conversational pacts with their children. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials] [talk recording]

2019

RD Hawkins, ND Goodman, RL Goldstone (2019). The emergence of social norms and conventions.

Trends in Cognitive Sciences

[pdf]

P Achlioptas, JE Fan, RD Hawkins, ND Goodman, L Guibas (2019). ShapeGlot: Learning language for shape differentiation.

Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV).

K Mukherjee, RD Hawkins, JE Fan (2019). Communicating semantic part information in drawings. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials]

RD Hawkins (2019). Coordinating on meaning in communication. PhD Dissertation. [pdf] [précis]

2018

RD Hawkins*, EN Smith*, C Au, JM Arias, R Catapano, E Hermann, M Keil, A Lampinen, S Raposo, J Reynolds, S Salehi, J Salloum, J Tan, MC Frank (2018). Improving the replicability of psychological science through pedagogy.

Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. 

RD Hawkins, M Franke, K Smith, ND Goodman (2018). Emerging abstractions: Lexical conventions are shaped by communicative context. 

Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

2017

W Monroe, RD Hawkins, ND Goodman, C Potts (2017). Colors in context: A pragmatic neural model for grounded language understanding.

Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

A Avena-Koenigsberger, B Misic, RD Hawkins, A Griffa, P Hagmann, J Goñi, O Sporns (2017). Path ensembles and a tradeoff between communication efficiency and resilience in the human connectome.

Brain Structure and Function

[pdf]

2016

RD Hawkins, RL Goldstone (2016). The formation of social conventions in real-time environments. 

PLoS ONE.

RD Hawkins, JW Houpt, A Eidels, JT Townsend (2016). Can two dots form a Gestalt? Measuring emergent features with the capacity co­effi­cient. 

Vision Research.

NH Silbert, RD Hawkins (2016). A tutorial on general recognition theory.

Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

2015

RD Hawkins (2015). Conducting real-time multiplayer experiments on the web.

Behavior Research Methods.

RD Hawkins, A Stuhlmüller, J Degen, ND Goodman. (2015) Why do you ask? Good questions provoke informative answers.

Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

A Stuhlmüller, RD Hawkins, N Siddharth, ND Goodman. (2015). Coarse-to-fine sequential Monte Carlo for probabilistic programs. Technical report: arXiv:1509.02962. [pdf]

D Algom, A Eidels, RD Hawkins, B Jefferson, JT Townsend. (2015). Features of response times: Identification of cognitive mechanisms through mathematical modeling. In The Oxford Handbook of Computational and Mathematical Psychology, Oxford University Press. [pdf]

S DeDeo, RD Hawkins, S Klingenstein, T Hitchcock (2013). Bootstrap methods for the empirical study of decision-making and information flows in social systems. Entropy. [pdf] [python package]