Derek Powell
Postdoctoral Scholar - Stanford University

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About Me

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, working under Ellen Markman. I earned my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles under advisor Keith Holyoak. I was born and raised in Wauwatosa, WI and previously educated in the desert at Arizona State University. I love coffee and beer and have recently become an amatuer coffee roaster and home brewer (emphasis on amatuer). I also dabble in photography. 


Recent Publications

Pritschet, L., Powell, D., & Horne, Z. (2016).     Marginally significant effects as evidence for hypotheses:     Changing attitudes over four decades. Psychological     SciencePDF

Powell, D., Merrick, M. A., Lu, H., & Holyoak, K. J. (2016).     Causal competition based on generic priors. Cognitive     Psychology. PDF

Horne, Z., Powell, D., Hummel, J. E., & Holyoak, K. J. (2015).     Countering anti-vaccination attitudes. Proceedings of the     National Academy of Science. PDF  

Media Coverage

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Research

Using experimental and computational methods, my research examines higher-order cognition with a focus on systems of belief and belief revision. I also study moral reasoning, causal learning, and research practices. Data and supplemental materials for some of my projects are available on Open Science Framework.

 

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