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William Cunningham

Faculty Affiliate

Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto

William Cunningham received his PhD in social and cognitive neuroscience from Yale in 2003 and joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto in 2004. His socialAI research group SocialAI develops multi-agent neural network models grounded in cutting-edge approaches from neuroscience, psychology, sociology, history, and cultural anthropology. The research group aims to illuminate the processes that enable people to navigate fundamental aspects of cooperation and competition within and between social groups

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Game Theory
  • Deep Learning


  • 2023 Inaugural recipient of Dean’s Research Excellence Award (UofT)
  • 2012 Young Investigator Award: Basic Science: International Congress of Psychological Science
  • 2011 Janet Taylor Spence Award For Transformative Early Career Contributions: APS
  • 2010 SAGE Young Scholars Award: Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology