Fernanda de la Torre

Fernanda de la Torre

PhD Student

MIT

Most of us have an experience of self. Our behaviors reflect the belief that we are autonomous individuals with coherent identities and a sense of free will. I’m interested in exploring why this form of self-representation and sense of agency emerges. Are there functional advantages to these cognitive phenomena? I’m exploring this question with Robert Yang by building “models of self” in a deep reinforcement learning framework.

I’m also co-advised by Josh McDermott, where I study how humans integrate vision and sound to form a coherent percept. Prior to starting my PhD at BCS, I was a post-bacc student here, and before that I studied Computer Science at Kansas State University for undergrad.

Interests
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Science
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Self-Modeling
Education
  • PhD in Brain and Cognitive Science, 2020 - Present

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Post-Bacc in Brain and Cognitive Science, 2015 - 2019

    Kansas State University

  • BS in Computer Science, 2015 - 2019

    Kansas State University