The Rationality Enhancement Group has several openings for (paid) internships, bachelor/master theses (in cognitive science, computer science, psychology, and other related disciplines) and research assistants. If you are interested please take a look at the projects described below. To apply for one of these projects please send your CV, transcripts, previous publications or thesis (if any), and a cover letter explaining your motivation and why you think you are a great fit for the project to email@example.com. Please put the title of the project you are applying for in the subject header. Furthermore, please arrange for 2 letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address.
Leveraging AI to help people become more productive: In this project, you will leverage Markov Decision Processes, dynamic programming, and reinforcement learning to develop an intelligent decision support system that helps people become more productive. This method will become the back-end of a to-do list gamification app that will help people overcome procrastination and prioritize their tasks more effectively.
Self-improvement apps:We make thousands of decisions every day but we don't always learn from our mistakes. This project investigates whether apps that prompt people to reflect on their decisions, problems, successes, and failures can help people improve themselves more rapidly. Previous experience with online and/or field experiments or skills in web development or mobile app development would be a great asset for this project.
Optimal Goal Setting.Goals are essential to human effectiveness. But which goals should we set, and how should we go about setting them? In this project, we address this question through a combination of computational modeling and behavioral experiments. You should have strong programming skills and prior experience with computational modeling and behavioral experiments is plus..
Helping people set better goals.In this project we investigate which kinds of goal setting prompts are most effective at helping people set better goals. We will conduct a series of online and field experiments to find out which types of goals are most effective, identify effective goal setting strategies, and investigate how people can learn to set better goals. You should have good programming skills and prior experience with designing and/or running psychological experiments and data analysis. Previous experience with online and/or field experiments or skills in web development would be a great asset for this project but are not required. .
AI for brain training.In this project you will contribute to the development of an intelligent brain training app that improves people’s ability to focus without getting distracted. To achieve this, you will work with reinforcement learning methods and computational models of cognitive control and human learning.
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems