Date(s) - 04/19/2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Seattle WA

Alexandra Paxton will speak as part of the Distinguished Young Academic Data Scientists (DYADS) speaker series.

Human communication at the intersection of cognitive science and data science


Human communication is a rich, complex phenomenon, requiring people to carefully integrate a variety of
behavioral signals over time. While traditional research on social interaction in cognitive science and
psychology often necessitated time- and labor-intensive hand-coding, technological and computational
advances are providing unprecedented new opportunities to expand the scale and scope of this research
area. From using wearable technology to create low-cost motion tracking to tapping into real-world human
behavior through existing datasets, researchers can take advantage of these new opportunities to analyze
the dynamics of communication using a data-rich perspective.


A photo of Alexandra PaxtonDr. Alexandra Paxton is currently at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences and a Moore-Sloan Data Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science; she will be starting as an Assistant Professor in Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut in August 2018.

Her research integrates cognitive science and data science to better understand
human social communication as a dynamical system. She is also working with Drs. Tom Griffiths, Alison Gopnik, and Dacher Keltner (UC Berkeley) to create Data on the Mind (, a community resource to help cognitive scientists and psychologists incorporate big data and naturally occurring datasets into theory-driven research.