Hi there! I'm Adani :)

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aabutto[at]stanford[dot]edu

Thanks for stopping by! I’m a Ph.D. student at Stanford University, where I’m advised by the wonderful Prof. Hyo Gweon! I’m broadly interested in Cognitive Science, particularly in how humans make sense of the physical world and how they make sense of themselves as agents within that world.

What guides our reasoning about which action outcomes we are and could be capable of producing in the world? How do we attribute and explain action outcomes that deviate from what we expected? How does that relate to patterns in our subsequent exploration and choices in learning? How do we integrate information from first-hand exploration and other agents to revise our understanding of ourselves? I’m excited about tackling questions like these using various methods, particularly behavioral experiments and computational models!

I was born and raised in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and spent some time teaching in special education and working in childcare. I also used to spend a lot of hours playing video games. I then completed college in Zurich and Berlin and went on to study and do research in Munich and Cambridge (MA, USA). Nowadays, outside of research, I like to hike/wander around and photograph my surroundings, read and write, and dabble in small web design / information curation projects (like this website!)

News

May 19, 2024 Our pre-print Estimating the replicability of psychology experiments after an initial failure to replicate, spearheaded by Veronica Boyce, was just published on PsyArXiv! You can view it here!
May 9, 2024 I was a co-organizer of this year’s Bay Area Developmental Symposium at Stanford University! Thank you to everyone who attended!
Mar 23, 2024 I attended the CDS 2024 Conference in Pasadena, CA, to give a poster presentation on some recent work (see here for details)!
Mar 14, 2024 For my very first episode on the Stanford Psychology Podcast, I got to chat with the amazing Halie Olson – you can listen to our conversation here! We talk about Halie’s intriguing work in developmental cognitive neuroscience, her journey into science, and more. Thank you, Halie!