publications

working papers

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

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

[preprint upon request]

[open materials]

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

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

S Murthy*, RD Hawkins*, TL Griffiths (under review). Shades of confusion: Lexical uncertainty modulates ad hoc coordination in an interactive communication task based on variable word-color associations.

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

[preprint upon request]

[example video]

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

J White, G Poesia, RD Hawkins, D Sadigh, N Goodman (2021). Generating informative, open-domain clarification questions without question examples.

Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP).

[preprint upon request]

T Sumers, M Ho, RD Hawkins, K Narasimhan, TL Griffiths (2021). Learning rewards from linguistic feedback.

Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

2020

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

Cognitive Science.

RD Hawkins, ND Goodman, AE Goldberg, TL Griffiths (2020). Generalizing meanings from partners to populations: Hierarchical inference supports convention formation on networks.

Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

winner of the prize for computational modeling in language

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

Proceedings of the 24th 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 2020 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.

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. 

2019

  • RD Hawkins, ND Goodman, RL Goldstone (2019). The emergence of social norms and conventions. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. [pdf]
  • RD Hawkins*, M Sano*, ND Goodman, JE Fan (2019). Disentangling contributions of visual information and interaction history in the formation of graphical conventions. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society [pdf] [open materials]
  • 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). [pdf] [open materials]
  • 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. [pdf] [open materials]
  • 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. [pdf] [open materials]

2017

  • RD Hawkins, MC Frank, ND Goodman (2017). Convention-formation in iterated reference games. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials]
  • 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. [pdf] [dataset][open materials]
  • 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. [pdf] [open materials]
  • RD Hawkins, JW Houpt, A Eidels, JT Townsend (2016). Can two dots form a Gestalt? Measuring emergent features with the capacity co­effi­cient. Vision Research. [pdf] [open materials]
  • RD Hawkins, ND Goodman (2016). Conversational expectations account for apparent limits on theory of mind use. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials]
  • NH Silbert, RD Hawkins (2016). A tutorial on general recognition theory. Journal of Mathematical Psychology. [pdf] [R Package]
  • C Graf, J Degen, RD Hawkins, ND Goodman (2016). Animal, dog, or dalmatian? Level of abstraction in nominal referring expressions. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials]

2015 and earlier

  • RD Hawkins (2015). Conducting real-time multiplayer experiments on the web. Behavior Research Methods. [pdf] [javascript framework]
  • 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. [pdf] [open materials]
  • PM Krafft, RD Hawkins, AS Pentland, ND Goodman, JB Tenenbaum. (2015). Emergent collective sensing in human groups. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf] [open materials] 
    • Winner of the prize for computational modeling in applied cognition.
  • 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][Google Books]
  • 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]