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Simon van Baal: “Studying Behaviour in Context: A Large Language Model Approach"

Simon Van Baal, portrait.

Il Dipartimento di Filosofia "Piero Martinetti" e il Philab presentano:

Simon van Baal (University of Vienna)

Studying Behaviour in Context: A Large Language Model Approach

Abstract: 
We make many decisions in life, but not one is the same as the next. People have differing perspectives (e.g., their preferences, experiences) and the context has diverse features (e.g., options and situational variables). Traditional behavioural science tools, such as choice experiments or surveys, are not well suited for capturing the rich representation of everyday decisions. One solution is to extract the rich representations of concepts and objects available in natural language data. With the recent developments in generative large language models (LLMs), we are now able to capture and analyse this rich data about people’s behaviour/beliefs/attitudes/preferences/context, and even their reasoning processes. In this talk, I will demonstrate how we can use natural language processing techniques to quantitatively study people’s behaviour and decisions in naturalistic settings. To conclude, I canvass possible ways that we can use these methods to study more complex phenomena and possibly address sampling biases in psychological research.

Simon van Baal is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Vienna and an honorary fellow at the University of Warwick, initially trained in Economics, he branched off into judgment and decision-making. His research interests centre around impulsivity, self-control, and time preferences. Currently, he is applying Natural Language Processing approaches to diverse decision-making questions. His research aims to identify avenues for helping individuals and policymakers improve their decision-making in all domains of life, including health, finance, altruism, and relationships.

 
La partecipazione è fortemente raccomandata agli allievi della Scuola di Dottorato in Filosofia e Scienze dell’Uomo e agli allievi della Scuola di Dottorato “The Human Mind and its Explanations: Language, Brain, and Reasoning”.

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