computer science


Hayim Dar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Room Owheo Building, Room 256
Phone +64 3 479 8589

From Sydney, Australia, I've newly joined Otago Computer Science in 2016 to work with Alistair Knott and Martin Takac on the Marsden funded project 'Does language syntax mirror the structure of sensorimotor cognition?'. I am looking at learning spatial representations of the environment by simple exploration. The main question, how to learn environment coordinates when all of your sensory information is necessarily referenced to you? The larger question is whether the relationships learned this way between actions and space can provide a foundation for the logical structure of natural language grammars.

I have a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from Brandeis University in the USA, and a background in physics and mathematics. I'm interested in all things brains and cognition, especially the fundamental questions of representation and encoding in neural systems. My previous work has been in neuronal memory models, focusing on episodic, list memory in humans.

Selected Publications:

Katheryn A. Q. Cousins, Hayim Dar, Arthur Wingfield, Paul Miller. Acoustic masking disrupts time-dependent mechanisms of memory encoding in word-list recall.. Memory & cognition 42, 622-38 (2014).

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