Yuxuan (Effie) Li



I am a final year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, advised by Jay McClelland. I am interested in human-like AI, machine/human cognition, and mechanistic understanding of neural networks.

My research focuses on how a continuous system can acquire emengent structured, algorithm-like computation and how this helps explain higher-level cognitive abilities such as task decomposition in both humans and deep learning models.

In summer 2024, I will be interning at Meta. I have previously interned at AI2 on the PRIOR team, working with Luca Weihs. Prior to Stanford, I double-majored in Computer Science and Psychology at Trinity College (Connecticut), and worked on building neural decoders of human episodic memory at the Penn Computational Memory Lab.

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