Justine T. Kao

Cognitive Psychology

Stanford University

Email: justinek at stanford dot edu

Office: 420-316 (Jordan Hall)

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Computation and Cognition Lab at Stanford working primarily 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.

In my professional life, 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. Outside of work, I continue to study creative uses of language by reading fiction, writing short stories, and talking to interesting people.