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Colin Reimer Dawson

  • Ph.D.
  • Lecturer
  • School of Information: Science, Technology and the Arts, The University of Arizona
  • 7PublicationsNumber of items in Colin Reimer's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 10Followers

Recent publications

  • "Explaining-away" effects in rule-learning: Evidence for generative probabilistic inference in infants and adults

    • Dawson C
  • Grammar learning as model building

    • Gerken L
    • Dawson C

Professional experience


School of Information: Science, Technology and the Arts, The University of Arizona

August 2011 - Present

NSF Graduate Fellow

The University of Arizona

May 2007 - May 2010(3 years)

Adjunct Professor

Pima Community College

August 2009 - December 2009(4 months)


M.S. (Statistics)

The University of Arizona

August 2009 - May 2011(2 years)

Ph.D. (Psychology: Cognition and Neural Systems)

The University of Arizona

August 2005 - May 2011(6 years)

B.A. (Cognitive Science)

Yale University

August 2000 - May 2005(5 years)


I received a B.A. in cognitive science from Yale University in 2005. After that I came to the University of Arizona for a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, where I studied inductive inference and learning in human infants, using artificial linguistic and musical "grammatical" structures as the object of learning. In the course of this research I discovered Bayesian statistics as an idealized model of human inference, and my interests turned more and more toward the mathematical and computational side of studying cognition. In order to develop the technical background to develop sophisticated mathematical models, I enrolled in the M.S. program in statistics, which I completed alongside the Ph.D. in psychology in May of 2011. I am now working on a Ph.D in statistics, while teaching and doing research in the School of Information (SISTA) at the University of Arizona.

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