This project is concerned with higher-order social reasoning. We investigate children’s development and adult’s limitations in reasoning about the mental states of other agents, including the representations that these agents have of other agents mental states. While computer programs can correctly apply any arbitrary amount of recursion, humans frequently lose track beyond second- or third-order social reasoning. To better understand the cognitive processes involved in higher-order social cognition we are using a close-knit combination of empirical research, logic, and computational modeling.

The project runs in the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering of the University of Groningen thanks to Rineke’s Verbrugge NWO Vici grant 277-80-001.