Publications


JOURNAL ARTICLES

Yu, Y., Landrum, A., Bonawitz, E., & Shafto, P. (in press) Questioning supports effective transmission of knowledge and increased exploratory learning in pre-kindergarten children. Developmental Science.

Lombrozo, T., Bonawitz, E., Scalisea, N.R. (2018) Young children’s learning and generalization of teleological and mechanistic explanations. Journal of Cognition and Development. 19(2), P.1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2018.1427099

Yu, Y., Bonawitz, E., & Shafto, P. (2017) Pedagogical Questions in Mother-Child Conversations. Child Development. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12850

Walker, C., Bonawitz, E., & Lombrozo, T. (2017) Effects of explaining on children’s preference for simpler hypotheses. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 24(5), 1538–1547. DOI:10.3758/s13423-016-1144-0

Bonawitz, E.B. & Shafto, P. (2016) Computational models of learning during development, social influences. Current Opinions in Behavioral Science, 7, 95-100.

Gopnik, A., & Bonawitz, E., (2015) Bayesian models of developmental theory change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Review: Cognitive Science Vol. 6(2), p.75-86. DOI: 10.1002/wcs.1330

Rhodes, M., Bonawitz, E., Shafto, P., Chen , A., & Caglara, L. (2015) Controlling the message: Preschoolers’ use of information to teach and deceive others Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 867.

Bonawitz, E., Denison, S., Griffiths, T., & Gopnik, A. (2014) Probabilistic Models, Learning Algorithms, Response Variability: Sampling in Cognitive Development. Trends in Cognitive Science, 18, 497-500.

Bonawitz, E., Denison, S., Gopnik, G., & Griffiths, T.L. (2014) Win-stay, lose-shift: A simple sampling algorithm for approximating Bayesian inference. Cognitive Psychology, 74, 35-65.

Denison*, S., Bonawitz*, E.B., Gopnik, A., & Griffiths, T. (2013) Rational Variability in Children’s Causal Inferences: The Sampling Hypothesis. Cognition, 126(2), 285-300. (*joint first authors)

Muentener, P., Bonawitz, E.B., Horowitz, A., & Schulz, L. (2012) Mind the gap: When toddlers do and do not expect contact causality. PLoS ONE 7(4):e34061.

Bonawitz, E.B., van Schijndel, T., Friel, D., & Schulz, L. (2012) Balancing theories and evidence in children's exploration, explanations, and learning. Cognitive Psychology, 64(4), 215-234.

Bonawitz, E.B, & Lombrozo, T. (2012) Occam's Rattle: Children’s use of simplicity and probability to constrain inference. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1156-1164.

Bonawitz, E.B., Fischer, A., & Schulz, L. (2012)Teaching 3.5-year-olds to revise their beliefs given ambiguous evidence. Journal of Cognition and Development, 13(2), 266-280.

Bonawitz*, E.B., Shafto*, P., Gweon, H., Goodman, N., Spelke, E., & Schulz, L.E. (2011) The double-edged sword of pedagogy: Teaching limits children's spontaneous exploratoration and discovery. Cognition, 120(3), 322-330. (*joint first author)

Bonawitz, E.B., Ferranti, D., Saxe, R., Gopnik, A., Meltzoff, A., Woodward, J., & Schulz, L. (2010) Just do it? Toddlers ability to integrate prediction and action. Cognition, 115, 104-117.

Schulz, L., Standing, H., & Bonawitz, E.B. (2008) Word, thought, and deed: The role of object labels in children's inductive inferences and exploratory play. Developmental Psychology, 44(5), 1266-1276.

Shafto, P., Kemp, C., Bonawitz, E.B., Coley, J.D., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2008) Reasoning About Causal Transmission. Cognition, 109(2), 175-192.

Schulz, L., Bonawitz, E.B., & Griffiths, T.L. (2007) Can being scared give you a tummy ache? Naive theories, ambiguous evidence and preschoolers' causal inferences. Developmental Psychology, Sep Vol 43(5) 1124-1139.

Schulz, L., & Bonawitz, E.B. (2007) Serious fun: Preschoolers play more when evidence is confounded. Developmental Psychology, Jul Vol 43(4) 1045-1050.



JOURNAL ARTICLES (SUBMITTED)

Bonawitz, E., Walker, C., Abbot, J., Griffiths, T., & Gopnik, A. (in revision) Variability in preschoolers’ cognitive search.

Doen, T., Castro, A., Bonawitz, E., & Denison, S. (in review) “Wow, I did it!”: Unexpected success increases preschoolers’ exploratory play on a later task.

Colantonio, J., Durkin, K., Bonawitz, E., & Shafto, P. (in revision) Individual choice behavior: Theoretical analysis in cooperative context.

Yu, Y., Shafto, P., & Bonawitz, E. (in review) Inconvenient samples: Modeling the effects of non-consent by coupling observational and experimental results.

Bonawitz, E.B. & Griffiths, T.L. (in revision) Considering psychological mechanisms can change the interpretation of Bayesian models.

Bonawitz, E.B., Ullman, T., Bridgers, S., Gopnik, A., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (in revision, invited resubmission) Chicken-and-egg: A computational, historical, and behavioral case study of micro-theory change in the domain of magnetism.

Bass, L., Bonawitz, E., Hanson, M., Ramarajan, D., Shafto, P., Wellman, H., Gopnik, A. (in revision, invited resubmission) Pedagogy and Theory of Mind: The relationship between children’s teaching and their reasoning about others.

Yu, Y., Cheng, S., Shafto, P., Bonawitz, E., Corriveau, K., Xu, F., Golinkoff, R., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (in review, invited resubmission) Guided play: What, Why and How.

Bonawitz, E.B., Shafto, P., Yu, Y., Bridgers, S., & Gonzalez, A. (in revision, invited resubmission) Children rationally change their beliefs in response to neutral follow-up questions.


REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (FULL PAPERS)

Bass, I., Shafto, P., & Bonawitz, E. (2018) That'll Teach 'em: How Expectations about Teaching Styles may Constrain Inferences. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Madison, WI: Cognitive Science Society.

Choi, K., Lapidow, E., Austin, J., Shafto, P. & Bonawitz, E. (2018) Preschoolers are more likely to direct questions to adults than to other children (or selves) during spontaneous conversational act. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Madison, WI: Cognitive Science Society.

Colantonio, J., & Bonawitz, E. (2018) Awesome play: Awe increases preschoolers exploration and discovery. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Madison, WI: Cognitive Science Society.

Yu, Y. Bonawitz, E., & Shafto, P. (2017) Inconvenient samples: Modeling the effects of non-consent by coupling observational and experimental results. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, UK: Cognitive Science Society.

Bass, L., Bonawitz, E., Shafto, P., Ramarajana, D., Gopnik, A., & Wellman, H. (2017) I know what you need to know: Children’s developing theory of mind and pedagogical evidence selection. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, UK: Cognitive Science Society.

Bass, L., Bonawitz, E., & Gweon, H. (2017) Didn’t know, or didn’t show? Preschoolers consider epistemic state and degree of omission when evaluating teachers. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, UK: Cognitive Science Society.

Baker, L.J., Lobue, V., Bonawitz, E., & Shafto, P. (2017) Towards Automated Classification of Emotion Facial Expressions. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, UK: Cognitive Science Society.

Yu, Y., Bonawitz, E., & Shafto, P. (2016) Questions in informal teaching: A study of mother-child conversations. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Philadelphia, PA: Cognitive Science Society.

Durkin, K., Caglar, L., Bonawitz, E., & Shafto, P. (2015). Explaining Choice Behavior: The Intentional Selection Assumption. In Dale, R., Jennings, C., Maglio, P., Matlock, T., Noelle, D., Warlaumont, A., Yoshimi, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, 708-713.

Rhodes, M., Bonawitz, E., Shafto, P., & Chen, A. (2014) Controlling the message: Preschoolers’ use of evidence to teach and deceive others. In Bello, P., Cuarini, M., McShane, M., & Scassellati, B. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Thirty-sixth Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, 213-218

Bonawitz, E., Ullman, T., Gopnik, A., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2012) Sticking to the evidence? A computational and behavioral case study of micro-theory change in the domain of magnetism. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL) [Best Paper: Experiment Combined with Computational Model]

Pham, K.*, Bonawitz, E., & Gopnik, A. (2012) Seeing who sees: Contrastive access helps children rason about other minds. Proceedings of the Thirty-fourth Cognitive Science Society. *mentored undergraduate.

Gonzalez, A.*, Shafto, P., Bonawitz, E., & Gopnik, A. (2012) Is that your final answer? the effects of neutral queries on children's choices.Proceedings of the Thirty-fourth Cognitive Science Society. *mentored undergraduate.

Bonawitz, E., Denison, S., Chen, A., Gopnik, G., & Griffiths, T.L. (2011) A simple sequential algorithm for approximating Bayesian inferenceProceedings of the Thirty-third Cognitive Science Society.

Muentener, P., Bonawitz, E.B., Horowitz, A., & Schulz, L.E. (2011) Mind the Gap: Dispositional Agency Facilitates Toddler’s Causal Representations. Proceedings of the Thirty-third Cognitive Science Society.

Bonawitz, E.B., & Griffiths, T. (2010) Deconfounding Hypothesis Generation and Evaluation in Bayesian Models. Proceedings of the Thirty-second Cognitive Science Society.

Denison, S., Bonawitz, E.B., Gopnik, A., & Griffiths, T. (2010) Preschoolers sample from probability distributions. Proceedings of the Thirty-second Cognitive Science Society.

Bonawitz, E.B., Horowitz, A., Ferranti, D., & Schulz, L. (2009) The Block Makes It Go: Causal Language Helps Toddlers Integrate Prediction, Action, and Expectations about Contact Relations.Proceedings of the Thirty-first Cognitive Science Society.

Bonawitz, E.B*., Shafto, P*., Gweon, H., Chang, I. , Katz, S., & Schulz, L. (2009) The Double-Edged Sword of Pedagogy: Modeling the Effect of Pedagogical Contexts on Preschoolers Exploratory Play.Proceedings of the Thirty-first Cognitive Science Society. *Equal author contribution.

Bonawitz, E.B. & Schulz, L.E. (2008) Why Learning is Hard. Symposium on Naturally-Inspired Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings of AAAI.

Bonawitz, E.B., Chang, I., Clark, C., & Lombrozo, T. (2008) Ockham's razor as inductive bias in preschoolers causal explanations.Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of Development and Learning. Monterey, CA.

Bonawitz, E.B., Fischer, A., Schulz, L.E. (2008)Training a Bayesian: Three-and-a-half-year-olds' reasoning about Ambiguous Evidence. Proceedings of the Thirtieth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Washington, DC.

Bonawitz, E.B., Lim, S., & Schulz, L.E. (2007) Weighing the Evidence: Children's theories of Balance affect play. Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Nashville, Tennessee.

Bonawitz, E.B., & Schulz, L. (2007) Children's Rational Exploration. AAAI Fall Symposium on Computational Approaches to Representation Change During Learning and Development. Washington DC.

Bonawitz, E.B., Griffiths, T.L., & Schulz, L. (2006) Modeling Cross-Domain Causal Learning in Preschoolers as Bayesian Inference. Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Vancouver, Canada. 2006 [Received Marr Prize for Best Student Paper]

Goodman, N.D., Baker, C.L, Bonawitz, E.B., Mansinghka, V.K., Gopnik, A., Wellman, H., Schulz, L.E., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2006) Intuitive Theories of Mind: A Rational Approach to False Belief. Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Vancouver, Canada.

Shafto, P., Kemp, C., Baraff, E.R., Tenenbaum, J.B., & Coley, J. (2005) Inductive Generalizations of Novel Disease: Causal Generalizations over Foodweb Relations. Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Stresa, Italy.

Griffiths, T.L., Baraff, E., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2004) Using Physical Theories to Infer Hidden Causal Structure. Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [Marr Prize for Best Student Paper, Honorable Mention, Cognitive Science. Chicago, IL] 

 

CHAPTERS & THESES

Bonawitz, E., Bass, L., & Lapidow, E. (2018) Choosing to Learn: Evidence evaluation for active learning and teaching in early childhood. In Saylor, M., & Ganea, P. (Eds.) Active Learning from Infancy to Childhood: Social Motivation, Cognition, and Linguistic Mechanisms. Springer International. 

Muentner, P., & Bonawitz, E. (2016) The development of Causal Reasoning. In Waldman, M. (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Causality. Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier Limited.

Shafto, P., & Bonawitz, E. (2015) Choice from among intentionally selected options. In Brian Ross (Ed). Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol 63. San Diego: Elsevier, 153-169.

Bonawitz, E., Gopnik, A., Denison, S., & Griffiths, T. (2012) Rational Randomness: The role of sampling in an algorithmic account of preschooler's causal learning. In Xu, F., & Kushnir, T. (Eds.) Rational Constructivism in Cognitive Development. Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier Limited.

Bonawitz, E.B. (2009)The Rational Child: Theories and Evidence in Prediction, Exploration, and Explanation. MIT PhD Thesis in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Coley, J.D., Shafto, P., Stepanova, O., & Baraff, E. (2005) Knowledge and Category-Based Induction. In Ahn, W., Goldstone, R. L., Love, B. C., Markman, A. B., & Wolff, P. (Eds.) Categorization inside and outside the laboratory: Essays in honor of Douglas L. Medin. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


FORTHCOMING PAPERS

Bass, I., Hawthorne-Madell, D., Goodman, N., Bonawitz, E., & Gweon, H. (in prep) The effects of information quality and teachers’ knowledge on evaluations of under-informative pedagogy.

Lapidow, E., & Bonawitz, E (in prep) Explore-Exploit: Ambiguity, Expectation, and Information Gain Influence Preschooler’s Choices in Exploration.

Choi, K., Lapidow, E., Austin, J., Shafto, P., & Bonawitz, E. (in prep) Preschoolers are more likely to direct questions to adults than to other children (or selves) during spontaneous conversational acts.

Macias, C., Persuad, K., Hemmer, P., & Bonawitz, E. (in prep) Strategic memory: Preschoolers’ encoding of color categories.

Lapidow, E., & Bonawitz, E (in prep) Heuristics in exploration: Distributional information is selectively used for active learning

Bonawitz, E.B., Goodman, N.D., Phama, K., Baker, C.L, Gopnik, A., Wellman, H., Schulz, L.E., Saxe, R., & Tenenbaum, J.B. (in prep) Ideal Observers in Theory of Mind.

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