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Assistant Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Computer Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur lab's research lies at intersection of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychology and large-scale data analysis. It is founded on two mutually reinforcing hypotheses:
H1. By studying how the brain solves computational challenges, we can learn to build better artificial intelligence algorithms.
H2. Through improving artificial intelligence algorithms, we'll discover better models of how the brain works.
We investigate these hypotheses using techniques from computational modeling and artificial intelligence, high-throughput neurophysiology, functional brain imaging, behavioral psychophysics, and large-scale data analysis.
Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies
BioSylvia Yanagisako is the Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies and Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Her research and publications have focused on kinship, gender, capitalism, and work in Italy and the U.S. She has also written about the orthodox configuration of the discipline of anthropology in the U.S. and suggested alternatives to it (Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology, 2005).
Professor Yanagisako is currently completing a collaborative ethnography with Lisa Rofel on the transnational business relations forged by Italian and Chinese textile and garment manufacturers. This book builds on her monograph (Producing Culture and Capital, 2002) which examined the cultural processes through which a technologically-advanced, Italian manufacturing industry was produced.
Professor Yanagisako has served as President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford, and Chair of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford. She received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
BioCristobal Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Cristobal works in the overlapping fields of economic sociology, stratification, and quantitative methods. He studies the sociological dynamics surrounding public policies that moderate income inequality. How do taxes affect the demographics of the elite? Do millionaire taxes cause migration of the elite to lower-tax climates? At the other end of the spectrum, does Unemployment Insurance, by moderating income loss during joblessness, weaken people’s desire to find new work? In other words, are there strong downside costs to intervening in the market distribution of income?
Methodologically, Cristobal specializes in analyzing large scale administrative and survey data. Drawing on modern computational power, he is developing new methods for addressing model uncertainty and improving the robustness of social science research.