Alexander Bower

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Ph.D. Candidate, Cognitive Science (2022-23)
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Alex Bower is a  Ph.D. candidate in UCI's department of cognitive sciences, where he is advised by Mark Steyvers. His research interests include human problem solving (primarily, the phenomenon of insight), humor, and the human perception of AI systems. Alex is also a Senior Pedagogical Fellow in UCI's Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation, as well as the recipient of UCI's Most Promising Future Faculty Award in 2020. His work as a member of the Irvine Initiative explores how society views the creative work of AI (e.g., jokes, paintings, poetry) relative to that of other humans.


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