Marieke Woensdregt

Marieke Woensdregt

I'm a fourth year PhD student at the Centre for Language Evolution (University of Edinburgh), supervised by Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith, 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 sets of assumptions about how agents communicate and learn, and about what cognitive biases and external pressures are at play.

Watch a 3-Minute Thesis talk about my research here: