I’m Gabriel Recchia, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Intelligent Systems, recent graduate of the Indiana University Cognitive Computing Laboratory, and contributing author to Motivate. Play. I received my bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2007, and my doctorate is in Cognitive Science at Indiana University, with a minor in computational linguistics. My graduate research concerned computational models of semantic memory and how the statistical structure of the environment interacts with learning mechanisms to produce complex behavior. I’m currently extending these models to develop computational methods for extracting spatial, temporal, and perceptual information from text, and inferring spatial information from non-spatial language use.

I’m also passionate about the potential of games and adaptive game-like systems. I’m especially interested in games that build positive habits, facilitate mindfulness, or are especially creative in terms of their mechanics or overall gestalt. More information about games that I am developing (and have developed) is available on the Games page. Research tools are available on the Tools page. Publications, skills, and previous employers are listed on my CV.