Bramley Computational Cognitive Science Lab

Computational Cognitive Science Group at the University of Edinburgh


Bramley Lab is based the school of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. We are an interdisciplinary group of cognitive scientists, psychologists, philosophers and computer scientists and one part of a larger Computational Cognitive Science community spanning PPLS and Informatics.


We are interested in understanding the building blocks of human intelligence. In particular, current lab members focus on causal cognition, active learning, generalisation, hypothesis generation, and control. We are part funded by an EPSRC New Investigator Award on Computational Constructivism.


We take a computational approach to studying human cognition and the basis of intelligent behaviour. This typically involves a mixture of running behavioural experiments with adults and children alongside building computational models that synthesise humanlike learning, representation and behaviour.

Neil R Bramley

Principal Investigator

Aba Szollosi


Bonan Zhao

PhD Student

Tianwei Gong

PhD Student

Stephanie Droop

PhD Student

Chentian Jiang

Affiliated PhD Student

Fahd Yazin

PhD Student

Tadeg Quillien

Affiliated postdoc

Simon Valentin

PhD Student

Ella Markham

PhD Student

Héctor Otero Mediero

Research Associate

All members

In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (2022)

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2022)

Computational Brain & Behavior (2022)

Entropy (2022)

Psychological Science 31 (12), 1602-1611 (2020)

In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (2018)

Cognitive Psychology, (195), pp. 9–38 (2018)

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition (2018)

Psychological Review, (124), 3, pp. 301–338 (2017)

All Publications

Lab Alumni

Yuyan Zhang

MSc Student

Jonas Mago

MSc Student

Lab friends & collaborators

Anna Coenen

Data analyst, New York Times

Zach Davis

Data Scientist, Facebook

Peter Dayan

Director, MPI, Tübingen

George Dean

PhD, University of Edinburgh

Saoirse Connor Desai

Postdoc, UNSW, Sydney

Alex Doumas

Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Tobias Gerstenberg

Assistant Professor, Stanford

Tom Griffiths

Professor, Princeton

Todd Gureckis

Professor, NYU

Jess Hamrick

Research Scientist, Deep Mind

Dave Lagnado

Professor, UCL

Brenden Lake

Assistant Professor, NYU

Pablo Leon

Postdoc, University of Warwick

Anna Leshinskaya

Postdoc, University of Calfornia, Davis

Zhiwei Li


Chris Lucas

Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Ralf Mayrhofer

Fellow, University of Goettingen

Teresa McCormack

Professor, Queens, Belfast

Bjoern Meder

Professor, Potsdam University

Jonathan Nelson

Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey

Philip Newell

Lecturer, University of Bristol

Tassos Noulas

Data Science Lead, Firefly

Magda Osman

Reader, Queen Mary, University of London

M Pacer

Data Scientist, Netflix

Paula Parpart

Postdoc, University of Warwick

Hugh Rabbagliati

Reader, University of Edinburgh

Bob Rehder

Professor, NYU

Anselm Rothe

Postdoc, MPI, Berlin

Azzurra Ruggeri

Research Group Leader, MPI, Berlin

Eric Schulz

Research Group Leader, MPI, Tübingen

Henrik Singmann

Assistant Professor, University College London

Kenny Smith

Professor, University of Edinburgh

Maarten Speekenbrink

Senior Lecturer, UCL

Josh Tenenbaum

Professor, MIT

Fei Xu

Professor, Berkeley