Retreat 2014

Language and Cognition Lab Spring 2016

Principal Investigator

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Michael C. Frank (blog, twitter)
Mike did his undergraduate degree at Stanford in Symbolic Systems and his PhD work at MIT. He is broadly interested in the relationship between language and cognition, especially as it relates to children's early language development.


Emily Hembacher
Emily did her undergraduate work at UC San Diego, and her graduate work at UC Davis. She is interested in how children’s monitoring of their own uncertainty, and uncertainty in their environment, impacts their learning and decision-making. In addition to this line of work, she has recently begun to examine how parents’ understanding of cognitive development interacts with children’s learning.
Abdellah Fourtassi
Abdellah did his undergraduate work at Ecole Polytechnique and his graduate work at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. He is interested in early word learning and how it relates to the broad context of cognitive development.
Tom Hardwicke
Tom completed his PhD in Experimental Psychology at University College London, following an MRes in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Birmingham, and a BSc in Psychology at Cardiff University. His work in experimental psychology is largely focused on memory plasticity, particularly pertaining to the theory of memory reconsolidation. He is currently based at the Meta Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) and works on evaluating the impact of open science and reproducibility initiatives such as pre-registration and data-sharing policies.

Graduate Students

Erica Yoon
Erica completed a B.A.Sc. in Cognitive Science at McGill University. She worked in the Onishi lab, studying infants’ speech segmentation, as well as adults’ interpretation of ambiguous sentences in Korean. She is currently interested in looking at people’s understanding of polite speech, and its developmental trends and cultural variations.  
Kyle MacDonald
Kyle graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2010. He is intersted in understanding the importance of social information for language learning. Currently, he is exploring how joint attention supports learning across different contexts and language modalities (spoken vs. signed languages).

Research Staff

Danielle Kellier
Danielle is the current lab manager. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Biology. She previously worked in the Adolph lab, studying whether children could discover the hidden possible actions of everyday objects.

Lab Alums

  • Gabe Doyle (Postdoctoral Scholar) - Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
  • Veronica Cristiano (Research Assistant) - Grad student, Gallaudet University
  • Molly Lewis (Graduate Student) - Postdoctoral scholar, University of Chicago
  • Dan Yurovsky (Postdoctoral Fellow) - Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
  • Rose Schneider (Research Assistant) - Grad student, UPenn
  • Mika Braginsky (Research Assistant) - Grad student, MIT
  • Ann Nordmeyer (Graduate Student) - Assistant Professor, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Ben Peloquin (Master's Student) - Roam, Inc.
  • Sarah James (Research Assistant)
  • Andrew Weaver (Research Assistant)
  • Alexandra Horowitz (Graduate Student) - UI Researcher, Facebook
  • Ally Kraus (Research Assistant) - Analyst, Education Elements
  • Janelle Klaas (Research Assistant)
  • Theresa Hennings (Research Assistant) - Grad student, University of Washington
  • Stephan Meylan (Research Assistant) - Grad student, UC Berkeley
  • Chigusa Kurumada (Graduate Student) - Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
  • Marisa Casillas (Graduate Student) - Junior Investigator, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
  • Alex Stiller (Master's Student) - Instructor, San Diego Mesa College

Former Honors Students

  • Allison Dods (2016) - Symbolic Systems
  • Sarah Lucy Case (2015) - Human Biology
  • Rachel Chung (2015) - Science, Technology, and Society
  • Nicholas Moores (2015) - Linguistics
  • Elise Sugarman (2014) - Symbolic Systems
  • Laura Soriano (2014) - Human Biology
  • Kaia Simmons (2013) - Human Biology
  • Stephanie Muscat (2013) - Human Biology
  • Rebecca Chung (2012) - Symbolic Systems