About Me

Hi! I’m Samuel Taylor (but you can call me Sam)!

I am a 2nd year PhD Student in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego in the Language and Cognition Lab. My interests span a variety of topics, focused primarily on decision-making in both humans and machines. I’m particularly interested how to study the behavior of Large Language Models like GPT-4 by using methods from psychology and behavioral science, such as Bayesian decision models. My present research involves deceptive behavior exhibited in AI systems, and human-AI interaction.

My undergraduate education was at the University of Tulsa, where I majored in Computer Science and Mathematics, minoring in Psychology while working as a Research Assistant in the Computational Neuroscience and Adaptive Systems lab. Following my undergraduate degree, I worked at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research as a Research Specialist, where I worked with Bayesian models of behavior (particularly within the active inference framework) and deep neural networks to characterize behavioral and biological markers of psychopathology.

For more information about me, check out my CV here! You can also find me on Twitter/X, Google Scholar, Github, and LinkedIn.

I use this website as a place to host my web-based applications, to show off some of the non-web-based projects I’ve worked on, keep my writings in one place, and store notes about my readings.

Note that much of my website is still under construction. The website is mostly built using Hugo and Bootstrap, but other applications I host here may be built in other frameworks. I’m particularly fond of Svelte.