Hi, welcome to my website!

I'm a Cognitive Science Ph.D. student at Brown.




-- About Me --

I currently study social cognition from a computational and empirical perspective. I've focused on pedagogy, communication, and social learning. In no particular order, some questions I've been interested in include:

  • What makes cultural learning possible? That is, how do people pass knowledge, skills, and values onto others?
  • How do people use rewards and punishments to teach?
  • What is the difference between doing something and showing someone how to do something?
  • How do people work together and learn norms?
  • What do we need in order to design machines that can learn socially (and perhaps even teach)?

Though I now do Cognitive Science, I studied Philosophy as an undergrad. While working on my Ph.D., I completed a Master's degree in Computer Science through Brown University's Open Graduate Education Program.

I was born and raised in New York City.

-- Papers --

Ho, M. K., MacGlashan, J., Littman, M. L., & Cushman, F. (2017). Social is special: A normative framework for teaching with and learning from evaluative feedback. Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.03.006

MacGlashan, J., Ho, M. K., Loftin, R. T., Peng, B., Roberts, D. L., Taylor, M. E., & Littman, M. L. (2017). Interactive Learning from Policy-Dependent Human Feedback. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML).(PDF)

Ho, M. K., Littman, M. L., & Austerweil, J. L. (2017). Teaching by Intervention: Working Backwards, Undoing Mistakes, or Correcting Mistakes? In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. XX-XX). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

Ho, M. K., Littman, M. L., MacGlashan, J., Cushman, F., & Austerweil, J. L. (2016). Showing versus doing: Teaching by demonstration. In D. D. Lee, M. Sugiyama, U. von Luxburg, & I. Guyon (Eds.), Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 29 (pp. X–X). Barcelona, Spain: Curran Associates, Inc. (PDF) **Selected for oral presentation**

Ho, M. K., MacGlashan, J., Greenwald, A., Littman, M. L., Hilliard, E. M., Trimbach, C., Brawner, S., Tenenbaum, J. B., Kleiman-Weiner, M., Austerweil, J. L. (2016). Feature-based joint planning and norm learning in collaborative games. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J.C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1158-1163). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

Kleiman-Weiner, M., Ho, M. K., Austerweil, J. L., Littman, M. L., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2016). Coordinate to cooperate or compete: Abstract goals and joint intentions in social interaction. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

Ho, M. K., Littman, M. L., Cushman, F. & Austerweil, J. L. (2015). Teaching with rewards and punishments: Reinforcement or communication?. In D. C. Noelle and R. Dale and A. S. Warlaumont and J. Yoshimi and T. Matlock and C. D. Jennings and P. P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 920-925). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

-- Curriculum Vitae --

My current CV (last updated July 2017)

-- Contact Info --


Mark K Ho

Email: mark_ho AT brown DOT edu

Office: Metcalf 420

Address: CLPS Department / Box 1821 / 190 Thayer St. / Providence, RI 02912