Justine T. Kao

Cognitive Psychology

Stanford University

Email: justinek at stanford dot edu

Office: 420-346 (Jordan Hall)

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Computation and Cognition Lab at Stanford University working with Noah Goodman. I'm interested in how people go beyond the literal meanings of utterances to understand creative uses of language, such as metaphor, hyperbole, irony, humor, and poetry. I conduct experiments and build models to examine and formalize the communicative principles that enable people to infer delightfully rich meanings from ambiguous linguistic input.

I received my B.S. in Symbolic Systems at Stanford with a minor in Creative Writing. In my free time, I study creative uses of language by reading fiction, writing short stories, and paying attention to how people talk.