Yosemite 2012
Frank Lab in 2014

Principal Investigator
Michael Frank

Research Staff
Mika Braginsky
Rose Schneider

Stephan Meylan

Grad Students
Ali Horowitz
Molly Lewis
Kyle MacDonald
Ann Nordmeyer
Erica Yoon

Lab Alumni

Gabe Doyle
Guido Pusiol
Dan Yurovsky

Sarah Lucy Case


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Principal Investigator

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Michael C. Frank (personal page, blog, twitter)
Principal Investigator

Mike did his his undergrad 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.



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Gabe Doyle (personal page)

Gabe did his graduate work in linguistics at UC San Diego, and his undergraduate work in math at Princeton. He focuses on computational models of language acquisition, especially for word segmentation and constraint-based phonology, as well as using social media to investigate pragmatics and dialect geography.

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Guido Pusiol (personal page)

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Dan Yurovsky (personal page)

Dan did his graduate work at Indiana University and his undergrad at Carnegie Mellon. Having spent some time thinking about infant language learners as physical symbol systems and as attentionally-driven associationists, he's now trying to model them as social inference machines.


Graduate Students

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Ali Horowitz
5th year PhD Student

Ali completed a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in 2008 and spent two years as a lab manager at MIT before beginning her graduate studies. She is interested in how children use language to make inferences about a speaker's knowledge.

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Molly Lewis (personal page)
4th year PhD Student

Molly completed a B.A. in Linguistics at Reed College in 2009 and then spent two years as a lab manager in Duane Watson's lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research explores the relationship between the form of a word and its meaning at two different timescales: language acquisition and language evolution.

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Kyle MacDonald (personal page)
2nd year PhD Student

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).

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Ann Nordmeyer
4th year PhD Student

Ann completed a B.A. in Psychology at Smith College, where she worked for three years in the de Villiers lab studying language acquisition and language and thought. She is currently interested in examining pragmatic, semantic, and conceptual issues in the development of negation. Even though she spends her time thinking about negative utterances, she is actually a very positive person!

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Erica Yoon
2nd year PhD Student

Erica completed a B.A.Sc. in Cognitive Science at McGill University. She worked in the Onishi lab, studying how infants use cues for speech segmentation, and also how adults interpret sentences with ambiguous meanings. She is interested in looking at how children use linguistic and contextual cues to make inferences about speakers' intentions.



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Sarah Lucy Case
Human Biology Student

Sarah is a Human Biology major with a concentration in Communication and Culture. Over the past year, she has worked with Dan Yurovsky studying how children's memory constraints impact word learning. For her honors thesis, she is looking at how preschoolers respond to phonetic noise and unreasonable utterances.


Research Staff

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Mika Braginsky
Research Assistant

Mika graduated from MIT in 2014 with a B.S. in computer science and in cognitive science. She's broadly interested in modeling language acquisition, and is specifically working on Bayesian models of noun and verb learning.

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Rose Schneider
Lab Manager

Rose hails from Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Classics. She is interested in language and number acquisition, and particularly in how the two cognitive systems are related. When she's not busy managing the lab, you can probably find her cycling.



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Stephan Meylan
PhD Student (UC Berkeley Psychology)

Stephan graduated with a B.A. in linguistics from Brown in 2010 and then worked as a research assistant in the Language and Cognition lab for two years. He is now at UC Berkeley studying how aspects of natural language structure facilitate domain-general learning, and is co-advised by Mike Frank and Tom Griffiths.

Lab Alumni

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Kaia Simmons (former Human Biology Honors Student)
Currently at MS&E Masters Student at Stanford

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Chigusa Kurumada (former Linguistics PhD Student)
Currently a Postdoc at Rochester with Mike Tanenhaus

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Marisa Casillas (former Linguistics PhD student)
Currently a Postdoc at MPI Nijmegen with Stephen Levinson

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Theresa Hennings (former RA)
Currently a PhD Student at University of Washington


Alex Stiller (former Masters Student)
Currently a PhD Student at UCSD


Adrienne Gispen (former RA)
Currently an Interaction Designer at FNC

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Ally Kraus (former Lab Manager)

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Elise Sugarman (former SSP Honors Student)

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Laura Soriano (former Human Biology Honors Student)

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Rachel Chung (former Science, Technology, and Society Honors Student)

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Nick Moores (former Linguistic and Psychology student)

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Andrew Weaver (former RA)

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Sarah James (former RA)