Welcome to the Phillips Lab

We are part of Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, and graduate students complete their PhD work in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

The lab’s research draws on a broad range of the methods employed across psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science to better understand questions about how humans think both about the actual world and about non-actual possibilities (sometimes called “possible worlds”).

We explore both how people think about possibilities themselves and how that influences the way that they think more generally, from the language they use, to the causal and moral judgments they make. Find our more about our research

We are looking for a lab manager to join the team!

If you are interestd in a position as a lab manager, please send an email to Jonathan.S.Phillips@Dartmouth.edu.


Sep 2019

New lab paper with Adam Morris and Fiery Cushman has been accepted for publication at Trends in Cognitive Sciences! Final version will be made available soon.

July 2019

Paper on causation with Adam Morris, Tobias Gerstenberg, and Fiery Cushman is out at PLoS One.

April 2019

A new lab paper with Aaron Norby on theory of mind has been accepted for publication at Mind & Language.

April 2019

Catherine Holland will be joining the lab as a PhD student in the Fall of 2019!!

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