I am about to finish my PhD at the Centre for Language Evolution
(University of Edinburgh). I have recently submitted my thesis, titled
"Co-evolution of language and mindreading: A computational exploration" for examination (find a pdf
which was supervised by Simon Kirby,
and Chris Cummins.
In my PhD I use agent-based models to formalise and explore the hypothesis that language and mindreading (a.k.a. theory of mind) have co-evolved. More specifically, I explore under what circumstances such a co-evolution could have gotten off the ground, given certain assumptions about how language users and learners work, and what pressures may be at play during the cultural transmission of language.
Watch a 3-Minute Thesis talk about my research, which I gave in the second year of my PhD, below: