Curriculum Vitae

Joseph Jay Williams

Curriculum Vitae

May 2011



         Contact Information

Department of Psychology

UC Berkeley

3210 Tolman Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720


E-mail: joseph_williams AT berkeley DOT edu

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/josephjaywilliams/



EDUCATION


2007 - B.Sc. in Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence (Minors: Mathematics, Psychology), University of Toronto, Canada.

         2007-Current Ph.D. in Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 

(Advisors: Tania Lombrozo, Tom Griffiths)

Thesis Topic: A subsumptive constraints account of explanation’s role in discovery and

generalization.



AWARDS


Trinidad and Tobago Open National Scholarship, 2003-2007. 

Student Travel and Accommodation Award for attending UCLA Probabilistic Models 

Summer School, July 2007.

         UC Irvine Entrance Fellowship, 2007 (declined)

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-graduate Master’s Scholarship, 2008-2009.

Semi-finalist for best poster award at the 35th Annual Conference of the Society for

Philosphy and Psychology, June 2009.

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-graduate Doctoral Scholarship, 2009-2012.

University of California at Berkeley Regents Intern Fellowship, 2007-2009.



FELLOWSHIPS AND RESEARCH SUPPORT


          UC Berkeley Regents Intern Fellowship, 2007-2009 ($82 000).

          Non-resident Tuition Award 2008-2009 ($10 000)

          Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-graduate Master’s Scholarship, 2008-2009 ($17 500).

          Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-graduate Doctoral Scholarship, 2009-2012 ($63 000).





PUBLICATIONS


Refereed Journals


1.Williams, J. J., & Lombrozo, T. (2010a). The role of explanation in discovery and generalization:    

        evidence from category learning. Cognitive Science, 34, 776-806.



Refereed Conference Papers


2.Williams, J. J., & Mandel, D. R. (2007). Do evaluation frames improve the quality of conditional

        probability judgment? In D. S. McNamara & J. G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th 

        Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1653-1658), Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 

3.Williams, J. J., & Griffiths, T. L. (2008). Why are people bad at detecting randomness? Because it is

        hard. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting

        of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 64-70). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

4.Griffiths, T. L., Lucas, C. G., Williams, J. J., Kalish, M. L. (2008). Modeling human function learning

        with Gaussian processes. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems.

5.Williams, J.J. & Lombrozo, T. (2009). Explaining promotes discovery: evidence from category

        learning.Proceedings of the 35th annual conference of the Society for Philosophy and

        Psychology.

6.Williams, J. J., & Lombrozo, T. (2009). Explaining promotes discovery: evidence from category

        learning. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference 

        of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1186-1191). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

7.Williams, J. J., & Lombrozo, T. (2010b). Explanation constrains learning, and prior knowledge

        constrains explanation. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd 

        Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. 

8.Williams, J. J., Lombrozo, T., & Rehder, B. (2010). Why does explaining help learning? Insight from

        an explanation impairment effect. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the

        32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science

        Society.

9.Williams, J. J., Lombrozo, T., & Rehder, B. (in press). Explaining drives the discovery of real and

        illusory patterns. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd  

        Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


Manuscripts in Preparation or in Revision

    

    1.Williams, J. J., & Griffiths, T. L. (in revision). People are bad at detecting randomness because it is

        hard.

          2.Williams, J. J. & Lombrozo, T. (in revision). Explaining and prior knowledge interact in guiding generalization.
           3.Williams, J. J., Lombrozo, T., Rehder, B. (under review). Explaining drives the discovery of real 
                and illusory generalizations. 



PRESENTATIONS


Research Talks

    1.University of Toronto Ebbinghaus Data Blitz, March 2007.

    2.Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student talks, UC Berkeley, April 2008.

    3.Townsend Working Group in Neuroscience and Philosophy, UC Berkeley, February 2009.

    4.Stanford Cognitive Frisem, Stanford, April 2009. 

    5.Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student talks, UC Berkeley, April 2010.


Conference Presentations


1.Williams, J. J., & Mandel, D. R. (2007, July). Do evaluation frames improve the quality of conditional

        probability judgment? Paper presented as a poster at the 28th annual conference of the

        Cognitive Science Society, Nashville, Tennessee.

2.Williams, J. J., & Griffiths, T. L. (2008, July). Why are people bad at detecting randomness? Because it is

        hard. Paper presented as a poster at the 29th annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society,

        Washington, D.C.

3.Griffiths, T. L., Lucas, C. G., Williams, J. J., Kalish, M. L. (2008, December). Modeling human function

        learning with Gaussian processes. Paper presented as a poster at Neural Information Processing

        Systems Conference.

4.Williams, J. J. & Lombrozo, T. (2009, May). Explanation promotes discovery: Evidence from category

        learning. Poster presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science,

        San Francisco, California.

5.Williams, J.J. & Lombrozo, T. (2009, June). Explanation promotes discovery: Evidence from category

        learning. Paper presented as a poster at the 35th annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and

        Psychology, Bloomington, Indiana.

6.Williams, J.J. & Lombrozo, T. (2009, August). Explanation promotes discovery: Evidence from category

        learning. Paper presented as a talk at the 31st annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society,

        Amsterdam, Netherlands.

7.Williams, J. J. & Lombrozo, T. (2010, June). Explaining promotes discovery: Evidence from category

        learning. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL.

8.Williams, J. J., Lombrozo, T., & Rehder, B. (2010, August). Why does explaining help learning? Insight from

        an explanation impairment effect. Paper presented as a talk at the 32nd Annual Conference of the

        Cognitive Science Society, Portland, Oregon.

9.Williams, J. J., & Lombrozo, T. (2010b). Explanation constrains learning, and prior knowledge constrains

        explanation. Paper presented as a talk at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society,

        Portland, Oregon. 

10. Williams, J. J., & Lombrozo, T. (2011). A subsumptive constraints account of explanation and learning:

        explaining drives discovery of patterns and generalizations. Talk presented at the 41stAnnual Meeting of

        the Jean Piaget Society.

11. Williams, J. J., Lombrozo, T., & Rehder, B. (anticipated). Explaining drives the discovery of real and illusory

        patterns. Paper to be presented as a talk at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science

        Society, Boston, Massachusetts. 

12. Williams, J. J., Lombrozo, T. (anticipated). A subsumptive constraints account of explanation’s role in

        discovery and generalization. Talk to be presented in the symposium on Explanation-based mechanisms

        for learning and generalization, at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston,

        Massachusetts.



PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES


Reviewing

     Ad hoc

     Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition

     Refereed conference proceedings papers: Cognitive Science Society Conference, 2007, 2008, 2009



Professional societies

          Current or Past Membership: Cognitive Science Society, Cognitive Development Society, Society for
          Research in Child Development, Jean Piaget Society, International Society for the Learning Sciences



TEACHING 


Graduate Student Instructor for Undergraduate Courses at UC Berkeley

      Basic Issues in Cognition (Psych 120/CogSci 100, 3 units), Fall 2010 under Bill Prinzmetal.

 Research and Data Analysis in Psychology (Psych 1013 units), Spring 2010 under Frederic Theunissen.



UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT MENTORSHIP

    

Supervision of Research Assistants and Undergraduate Honors Thesis Students

     1.David Oh (Summer 2008)

     2.Olivia Lin (Summer 2008)

     3.Ania Jarosewicz (Fall 2008 - Spring 2010)

     4.Jared Lorenz (Fall 2008)

     5.Hava Edelstein (Spring 2009 – Fall 2009)

     6.Chrisopher Hur (Summer 2009)

     7.Preeti Talwai (Fall 2009 – Fall 2010)

     8.Dhruba Banerjee (Spring 2010 – present)

     9.Amanda Hu (Summer 2010)

    10. Norielle Adricula (Fall 2010 – present)

    11. Samuel Maldonado (Fall 2010 – present)

    12. Adam Krause (Spring 2011)

    13. Kelly Whiteford (Spring 2011)

    14. Sean Trott (Fall 2011 – present)

    15. Vanessa Ing (Fall 2011 – present)

    16. Emily Margolin (Fall 2011 – present)