Neil Bramley


  • Psychology Department
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact details



Room S2, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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Neil Bramley is a lecturer in Cognitive Psychology. He is interested in higher level cognition, particularly how people represent the world and think about its alternatives, plus how they use these abilities to plan, imagine, explain, blame and solve problems. He generally uses interactive experiments and games combined with computational modelling to investigate these issues.


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Responsibilities & affiliations

Marketing officer for psychology

Undergraduate teaching

I teach the language section of Psychology 2B and a Y4 tutorial group (Mondays 11am, Jan 14th - Feb 11th)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am keen to supervise MSc and PhD students interested in cognitive science related topics

Current PhD students supervised



Research summary

Computational cognitive science. The goal of my research is to better understand the algorithms, processes and representations that underpin human intelligence. I generally approach this by developing computational theories of human learning representation and control, designing challenging and interactive tasks that distill elements of the challenges faced by natural cognition (see Demos) and having people and my models attempt to solve them. By comparing the behaviour of models to that of people, I try to gain insight into the mechanisms that people use to to solve problems and adapt their behaviour. As well as helping to understand human intelligence, insights from my research inform the development of artificial systems capable of learning and behaving in more flexible and human-like ways.

Causal cognition, active learning, hypothesis generation, control, judgment and decision making, resource rationality, game theory, optimal teaching, iterated learning, rational analysis, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science (see Research)

Research activities

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