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James Foster

jmfoster AT gmail DOT com

University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

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I am a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder pursuing a joint PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science.
In May 2009, I graduated with a B.S. from the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Statement of Purpose (2011)
Statement of Purpose (2009)
Quotations to Live By

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in analogy and language. In particular, relational concept learning, metaphorical sense extension by analogy, and the component processes of reminding, abstraction, domain mapping, and inference. Some questions I am investigating computationally and experimentally include:

  • How does language shape the way we divide and chunk the world into concepts?
  • How are we reminded of past situations similar to our present circumstances?
  • How do we use analogies to learn and reason about unfamiliar domains?
  • How are word senses extended by analogy?
  • What is the role of abstraction in domain mapping?

Research Areas

  • Analogy and Relational Concept Learning
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Design Patterns & Object-Oriented Programming

  • Lexical Semantics - polysemy and ambiguity
  • Metaphor Interpretation
  • Word Sense Disambiguation

  • Educational Technology
  • Multi-document Summarization
  • Automatic Essay Analysis
Undergraduate Research Roadmap

Cognitive Science Research Groups


Grad School Advice



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