Publications

Cognitive development // Computational modeling // Cross-cultural study // Behavioral data with adults

Representative publications

  • Jara-Ettinger, J., Gweon, H., Schulz, L. E., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2016). The naive utility calculus: Computational principles underlying commonsense psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

  • Jara-Ettinger, J., (2019). Theory of mind as inverse reinforcement learning. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

  • Jara-Ettinger, J., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (2015). Not so innocent: Toddlers' reasoning about costs, competence, and culpability. Psychological Science.

  • Jara-Ettinger, J., Gibson, E., Kidd, C., & Piantadosi, S. T. (2015). Native Amazonian children forego egalitarianism in merit based tasks when they learn to count. Developmental Science.

  • Under review / pre-prints

    1. Royka, A., Chen, A., Aboody, R., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (under review). Shaped to communicate: People expect communicative movements to reveal their lack of external goals. [ Email ]

    2. Jara-Ettinger, J., Levy, R., Sakel, J., & Gibson, E. (under review). The cultural origins of the shape bias: Evidence from the Tsimane'. [ Email ]

    3. Aboody, R., Velez-Ginorio, J., Santos, L. & Jara-Ettinger, J. (under review). Teachers select what to share rationally, but misrepresent learners' hypothesis space. [ Email ]

    4. Jara-Ettinger, J. & Rubio-Fernandez, P. (under review). Quantitative mental-state attributions from linguistic events. [ Email ]

    5. Jara-Ettinger, J. & Rubio-Fernandez, P. (under review). The social basis of referential communication: Speakers construct reference based on listeners' expected visual search.

    6. Jacobs, C., Flowers, M., Aboody, R., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (under review). Not just what you did, but how: Children care about precision when judging resource distributions.

    7. Lopez-Brau, M., Kwon, J., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (under review). Social inferences from physical evidence via Bayesian event reconstruction.

    8. Lopez-Brau, M., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (under review). Physical pragmatics: Inferring the social meaning of objects.

    9. Rubio-Fernandez, P., Aparicio, H., Shukla, V. & Jara-Ettinger, J. (under review). Contrastive inferences are sensitive to informativity expectations, visual salience, and adjective semantics.

    10. 2021

    11. Royka, A., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (in press). Ignorance matters. Commentary on Philips et al. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

    12. Jacobs, C., Flowers, M., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (2021). Children's understanding of the abstract logic of counting. Cognition.

    13. Aboody, R., Zhou, Q., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (2021). In pursuit of knowledge: Preschoolers expect agents to weigh information gain and information's cost when deciding whether to explore. Child Development.

    14. Berke, M., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2021). Thinking about thinking through inverse reasoning. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    15. Aboody, R., Davis, I., Dunham, Y., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2021). I can tell you know a lot, although I'm not sure what: Modeling broad epistemic inference from minimal action. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    16. Aboody, R., Denison, S., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2021). Children consider the probability of random success when evaluating knowledge. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    17. Jacobs, C., Lopez-Brau, M., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2021). What happened here? Children integrate physical reasoning to infer actions from indirect evidence. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    18. Davis, I., Carlson, R., Dunham, Y., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2021). Reasoning about social preferences with uncertain beliefs. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    19. Royka, A., Schouwstra, M., Kirby, S., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2021). I Know You Know I’m Signaling: Novel gestures are designed to guide observers’ inferences about communicative goals. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    20. 2020

    21. Rubio-Fernandez, P., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (2020). Incrementality and efficiency shape pragmatics across languages. PNAS.

    22. Berke, M., Belledonne, M., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (2020). Learning a metacognition for object perception. NeurIPS SVRHM workshop.

    23. Rubio-Fernandez, P., Mollica, F., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (2020). English and Spanish speakers exploit language structure to increase communicative efficiency. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

    24. Sheskin, M., Scott, K., Mills, C., Bergelson, E., Bonawitz, E., Spelke, E., Li, F., Keil,F., Gweon, H., Tenenbaum, J., Jara-Ettinger, J., Adolph, K., Rhodes, M., Frank,M., Mehr, S., & Schulz, L. (2020). Online developmental science to foster innovation,access, and impact. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

    25. Jara-Ettinger, J., Schulz, L. E., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2020). The naive utility calculus as a rational, quantitative foundation for action understanding. Cognitive Psychology.

    26. Ongchoco, J., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2020). Beyond rationality: We infer other people's goals by learning agent-variable expectations of efficient action. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    27. Lopez-Brau, M., Kwon, J., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2020). Mental state inference from indirect evidence through Bayesian event reconstruction. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    28. Burger, L., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2020). Mental inference: Mind perception as Bayesian model selection. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    29. Pelz, M., Schulz, L., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2020). The Signature of All Things: Children Infer Knowledge States from Static Images. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    30. 2019

    31. Bridgers, S., Jara-Ettinger, J., & Gweon, H. (2019). Children consider others’ expected costs and rewards when deciding what to teach. Nature Human Behaviour.

    32. Jara-Ettinger, J., Floyd, S., Huey, H., Tenenbaum, J.B, & Schulz, L. E. (2019). Social pragmatics: four and five-year-olds rely on commonsense psychology to resolve referential ambiguities. Child Development.

    33. Jara-Ettinger, J., (2019). Theory of mind as inverse reinforcement learning. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

    34. Bear, A., Bensinger, S., Jara-Ettinger, J., Knobe, J., & Cushman, F. (2019). What comes to mind? A mix of what's likely and what's good. Cognition.

    35. Conway, B., Ratnasingma, S., Jara-Ettinger, J., Futrell, R., & Gibson, E. (2019). Communication efficiency of color naming across languages provides a new framework for the evolution of color terms. Cognition.

    36. Aboody, R., Flowers, M., Zhou, C., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2019). Ignorance = doing what is reasonable: Children expect ignorant agents to act based on prior knowledge. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    37. Ongchoco, J., Jara-Ettinger, J., & Knobe, J., (2019). Imagining the good: An offline tendency to simulate good options even when no decision has to be made. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    38. Flowers, M., Stoner, L., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2019). Children master the cardinal significance of counting after they learn to count. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    39. 2018

    40. Jara-Ettinger, J., Sun, F., Schulz, L. E., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2018). Sensitivity to the sampling process emerges from the principle of efficiency. Cognitive Science. Supporting information. Stimuli, data, and analyses.

    41. Gibson, E., Jara-Ettinger, J., Levy. R., & Piantadosi, S.T. (2018). Task effects in cross-cultural research: Computer experiments can yield misleading results in non-industrialized populations. Open mind.

    42. Rubio-Fernandez, P., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2018). Joint inferences of speakers' knowledge and referents based on how they speak. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    43. Royka, A., Aboody, R., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2018). Movement as a message: inferring communicative intent from actions. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    44. Aboody, R., Huey, H., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2018). Success does not imply knowledge: Preschoolers believe that accurate predictions reveal prior knowledge, but accurate observations do not. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    45. Flowers, M., Aboody, R., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2018). Beyond Principles and Outcomes: Children Determine Fairness Based on Attention and Exactness. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    46. Bear, A., Besinger,S., Jara-Ettinger, J., & Knobe, J. (2018). What Comes to Mind? A Mix of What's Likely and What's Good. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    47. Aboody, R., Velez-Ginorio, J., Santos, L., & Jara-Ettinger, J., (2018). When teaching breaks down: Teachers rationally select what information to share, but misrepresent learners’ hypothesis spaces. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    48. 2017

    49. Jara-Ettinger, J., Floyd, S., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. (2017). Children believe that agents maximize expected utilities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Supporting information. Methods and data.

    50. Gibson, E., Futrell, R., Jara-Ettinger, J., Mahowald, K., Bergen, L., Sivalogeswaran, R., Gibson, M., Piantadosi, S.T., & Conway, J. B. R. (2017). Color naming across languages reflects color use. PNAS.

    51. Baker, C.L., Jara-Ettinger, J., Saxe, R., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2017). Rational quantitative attribution of beliefs, desires, and percepts in human mentalizing. Nature Human Behaviour.

    52. Ferrigno, S., Jara-Ettinger, J., Piantadosi, S. T., & Cantlon, J. (2017). Universal and uniquely human factors in spontaneous number perception. Nature Communications.

    53. Rubio-Fernandez, P, Jara-Ettinger, J., & Gibson, E. (2017). Can processing demands explain toddlers' performance in false-belief tasks? Response to Setoh et al. PNAS. Original paper. Their response to our response.

    54. Jara-Ettinger, J., & Gweon, H. (2017). Minimal covariation data support future one-shot inferences about unobservable properties of novel agents. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    55. Velez-Ginorio, J., Siegel, M., Tenenbaum, J.B., & Jara-Ettinger, J. (2017). Interpreting actions by attributing compositional desires. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    56. 2016

    57. Jara-Ettinger, J., Gweon, H., Schulz, L. E., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2016). The naive utility calculus: Computational principles underlying commonsense psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

    58. Jara-Ettinger, J., Piantadosi, S.T., Spelke, E., Levy, R., & Gibson, E. (2016). Mastery of the logic of natural numbers is not the result of mastery of counting: Evidence from late counters. Developmental Science. Supporting information. Methods and data.

    59. Jara-Ettinger*, J., Sun*, F., Schulz, L. E. & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2016). The naive utility calculus unifies spatial and statistical routes to preference. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    60. Bridgers, S., Jara-Ettinger, J., & Gweon, H. (2016). Children consider others' expected costs and rewards when deciding what to teach. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    61. Jara-Ettinger, J. (2016). The inner life of goals: costs, rewards, and commonsense psychology. PhD dissertation. [ Email ]

    62. 2015

    63. Jara-Ettinger, J., Gibson, E., Kidd, C., & Piantadosi, S. T. (2015). Native Amazonian children forego egalitarianism in merit based tasks when they learn to count. Developmental Science. Data and analyses.

    64. Jara-Ettinger, J., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (2015). Not so innocent: Toddlers' reasoning about costs, competence, and culpability. Psychological Science. Supporting information. Methods and data.

    65. Jara-Ettinger, J., Gweon, H., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (2015). Children's understanding of the costs and rewards underlying rational action. Cognition. Supporting information.

    66. Allen, K., Jara-Ettinger, J., Gerstenberg, T., Kleiman-Weiner, M. & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2015). Go fishing! Responsibility judgments when cooperation breaks down. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    67. Jara-Ettinger, J. Schulz, L. E. & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2015). The naive utility calculus: Joint inferences about the costs and rewards of actions. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    68. Jara-Ettinger, J., Lydic, E., Tenenbaum, J., & Schulz, L. E. (2015). Beliefs about desires: Children's understanding of how knowledge and preference influence choice. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

    69. 2014

    70. Piantadosi, S.T., Jara-Ettinger, J., & Gibson, E. (2014). Children's learning of number words in an indigenous farming-foraging group. Developmental Science.

    71. Jara-Ettinger, J.*, Kim, N.*, Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. E. (2014). Running to do evil: Costs incurred by perpetrators affect moral judgment. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 684-688).

    72. Jara-Ettinger, J., Gweon, H., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (2014). That's the way the utility crumbles. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 678-683).

    73. 2013

    74. Jara-Ettinger, J., Tenenbaum, J.B., & Schulz, L. E. (2013). Not so innocent: Reasoning about costs, competence, and culpability in very early childhood. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 663-668).

    75. 2012

    76. Jara-Ettinger, J., Baker, C.L., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2012). Learning What is Where from Social Observations. In Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 515-520). Model code.